Mind and Body

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Mind and Body are connected

Mind and body are not two separate entities. They work in synergy. The mind affects the body.  The body affects the mind.

Medicine and hypnosis

In 1952 Dr Albert Mason treated a fifteen year boy’s warts using hypnosis. The boy’s skin had the appearance of an elephant’s skin, except for his chest, which had normal skin.

Mason’s first hypnosis session focused on healing one arm. When the boy was in hypnotic trance, he was given positive suggestions that his arm would heal.  A week later he returned and his arm had healed. Mason took the boy to the referring surgeon who was astonished at what had taken place. It was then discovered that the boy was not suffering from warts, but from a more serious genetic disease.

Undeterred, Mason continued the hypnosis sessions and achieved similar results on the rest of the boy’s skin. The boy, who had been cruelly teased at school because of his disorder went on to lead a normal life.

Mason and the boy accomplished what had until that time been considered impossible.  It was a classified as a miracle.

Healing the body with the mind

How is it possible that the mind can fix the body? Modern neuroscience and MRI brain scanning are beginning to provide some answers.

Latest research in quantum physics shows that matter and energy are entwined.  By applying the same logic it makes sense that the mind (energy) and body ( matter) are similarly bound.

For hundreds of years Western medicine has seen mind and body as separate and this belief still prevails today. Scientists have been trained to dismiss cases like the boy above who used his mind to heal his body for centuries.

Hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness are all techniques that enable all of us to harness the power of our minds. Harnessing the power of the mind can be as effective as taking drugs.

Scientists are taught to dismiss exceptions.  In the nineteenth century a German physician Robert Koch, along with Louis Pasteur established the Germ Theory. This theory states that bacteria and viruses are the causes of diseases. Although this theory is widely accepted now back them it was more controversial.

One of Koch’s critics was so convinced that the Germ theory was wrong that he drank a glass of water laced with the bacterium that causes cholera.   This critic remained completely unaffected by this dangerous disease.  The scientists back then, and still today can’t explain this and choose to dismiss and ignore this exception.

More baffling is the reality of terminal cancer patients who recover their health through spontaneous remissions.  Spontaneous remissions get dismissed as unexplained exceptions, or simple misdiagnoses.

Placebo

I’m not saying that thinking positively leads to physical cures.  However, the unconscious mind is significantly more powerful that the conscious mind. If the desire of the conscious mind is in conflict with the unconscious then there will always be an internal struggle.

You can repeat the positive affirmation that you’re lovable and for your body to heal. But if you grew up in a toxic environment and heard that you were worthless, unwanted and sickly, these messages will be hardwired in your unconscious mind. And they will impact adult conscious thought processes.

Conscious and unconscious mind work in synergy when we enter trance states, and trance states are one of the outcomes of hypnosis. Trance creates the space for change to take place.

All medical students learn that the mind can affect the body. When patients get better by taking a sugar pill, medicine defines it as the placebo effect. The placebo phenomenon is an exciting area of scientific research.

Remarkable case study of the effectiveness of  placebo

The New England Journal of Medicine evaluated surgery for patients with severe knee pain in 2002.  Dr Moseley, who led the study, “knew” that knee surgery would help his patients. But Moseley wanted to find out which part of the surgery was giving his patients relief.

The patients in the study were divided into 3 groups. Two groups had different types of knee surgery.The third group got “fake” surgery. The patients were sedated, and standard incisions were made, but no actually surgery of the knee took place, even though Moseley sewed up the incisions as if he had actually done the surgery.

The results were surprising. The two groups who received proper surgery, as expected, improved. But the placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups.

One member of the placebo group,  Tim Perez, who had to walk with a cane before surgery is noted for saying.

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In this world anything is possible when you put your mind to it. I know that your mind can work miraclesTom Perez
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Studies have shown that the placebo effect can be powerful in treating a wide range of issues; pain management, asthma,  Parkinson’s, and depression to name but a few.

Recommended further reading

http://harvardmagazine.com/2013/01/the-placebo-phenomenon

By Sarah Jons

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