How can we heal ourselves?
Let Lissa Rankin blow your mind in this popular TEDx talk:
The Spontaneous Remission Project is a database of over 3500 case studies from the medical literature. It contains a multitude of cases where patients have recovered from what wereseemingly incurable illnesses.
According to Lissa Rankin, the real secret might be hidden behind the nurturing care of doctors and nurses.
When they tell you with a beaming smile that you’re going to be fine and that the drugs you just received (sugar pills) are incredibly effective and without side effects, you get a large release of healing chemicals and neurotransmitters like endorphins, nitric oxide and the love chemical oxytocin with its amazing healing capabilities.
This response is only turned on when you’re totally relaxed. This goes to show how important it is to find that place of inner peace in your life.
When doctors tell you that things look bleak and that you might have 3 more months to live, it triggers a fear response. The Amygdala signals to the adrenal glands that you’re in danger, triggering production and release of large amounts of stress hormones. These stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline shuts down your immune system.
Armed with this knowledge and future research we will have to rethink how we keep people alive, healthy and thriving.