Today’s News and Culture update: Watch Dr. Lissa Rankin’s latest Ted talk: “Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves?”
Dr. Rankin begins her talk with this question: “Can the mind really heal the body? And, if so, is there any scientific evidence to convince skeptical physicians like me?”
She says the medical establishment has been proving for over 50 years that the mind can heal the body: “We call it the placebo effect–and it’s a thorn in the side of the medical establishment.”
She maintains that doctors can be placebos and nocebos in treatment. “Patients need us to be forces of healing, not forces of fear or pessimism. So every time a doctor tells you, ‘You have an incurable illness. You have a 5-year survival rate’…it’s really a form of medical hexing.”
Dr. Rankin says in order to heal ourselves and to be optimal healers, “we need more than diet, we need healthy relationships, a healthy spiritual life, healthy careers…a healthy mind.”
We need to bring care back to healthcare to heal the system, says Dr. Rankin. “It all starts with you. Be the love that you want to see in healthcare.”
I hope you’ll share your reaction to her talk with the Breaking Bread community.