Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin talks to you about the power of the mind and positive thought. I know most of you are running away now thinking this is a book of mumbo jumbo, physiotherapy, new age crap but hold on its not that bad.
She starts her book out laying the foundation of her premises with research results and real life stories of cases of sudden reversal of medical conditions. All done with placebo effect, where the mind thought it would get better with the treatment, or just with a positive attitude and/or environment.
The big problem I had with this book is in my opinion she may have stayed on these case studies to long. Practically the first 3/4 of the book is here laying out all the research and it read like a bad tv documentary. “If this is true, wait till you see what we discover next”.
It isn’t until that 3/4 point that she finally tells you her story and then lays out what she believes the plan should be to set your mind to heal yourself. Of course she has to layout the disclaimer “this may not work for everyone or every time”
Now the last section where she lays out what she believes to be the keys to good health and allowing your body to heal I enjoyed and gave me some new insights to work on myself. The one I liked the most is that the elements that make up your health do not make a pie chart that is commonly shown. This would allow a piece to come out leaving basically the pie really unaffected. She describes it more as a Cairn, a man made stack of stones. If one stone is removed then the whole stack will fall. Reading this has show me that I’m on the right path, but there are a few stones I need to work on.
She also has a companion website, lissa rankin.com where you can get a follow up PDF with worksheets to help you with the steps and tasks to balance your ‘Cairn’. I actually thought the PDF was better because it was more to the point and quickly addresses what you need to do. You do need to sign up for her newsletter in order to download it but it’s worth it. Her emails are at most twice a week and are good reads.
If I had to rate the book on a 1 to 5 scale I would have to do a 3. I do recommend it to others but only if you speed read through the first 2 sections. I just felt like there was to much case studies and should have been more on the how to portions. The book easily could have been half the size and still got the point across. If you are already a believer of the power of the mind to heal I would go straight to her website, sign up for the newsletter and get the PDF. If you wish to get the book and read through all the scientific proof she lays out get Mind Over Medicine as a kindle book.