Is there scientific proof we can heal ourselves? | Lissa Rankin, MD | TEDxAmericanRiviera

Published 2012-12-18
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About Lissa Rankin, MD:
New age gurus suggest that we can heal ourselves by simply changing our minds, but is this concept grounded in cold, hard science? Lissa Rankin, MD explores the scientific literature, reviewing case studies of spontaneous remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology when we believe we can get well.

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All Comments (21)
  • I had 3 months to live after I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. Because I have been always healthy I started to use holistic healing. I started meditation and I changed my lifestyle totally. I forgave all my enemies and negative thinking. I am now cancer-free for 3 years already. This is the reason I started this channel to help other people that were diagnosed with chronic illness.
  • @MaestraMayi
    Absolutely! I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma in 1994. The following year, I had a metastasis to my right lung, the phrenic nerve, and the pedicardium.Doctors gave me 6 to 24 months to live. Instead of running away, my fiancee decided to marry me so that he could get a family leave at work and go with me to Athens, Greece where I took an alternative treatment. Everybody said the Greek doctor was a hoax, but we went on faith. My husband encouraged me to believe. His love and my spiritual practice of Christian meditation were the greatest placebo I received. I went into remission. I was very religious and I used to visualize Christ standing before me claiming my healing as part of my visualization therapy. Twenty five years later, I am still here. I continue to practice spiritual healing through meditation, affirmations, and prayer as part of my program.
  • @micaonyx5301
    I was five months pregnant with my daughter when I was told I needed emergency surgery or me and my daughter would die. I knew in my heart only one of of was coming out of the surgery. I was in very bad pain but I refused the surgery. I had so many experts promise me without the surgery we would die. I cried and prayed for three days and nights and I accepted death so I had zero fear. On the third day all of my pain went away and I carried her almost to full turn without any issues or pain. I did have to get emergency surgery a few hours after giving birth, but I now have a beautiful 26 year old miracle young lady. It's amazing what faith and the mind can do.
  • @pash9956
    I am 65, healthy, no doctors, no insurance. I feel unfettered by the medical industry, it does not touch me. I love my body, I talk to it, I have not s single complaint. Fear is the biggest killer.
  • @19Marc79
    I decided at the age of 35 to avoid stress in my life as much as possible. 5 years later I can only recommend it to everyobdy who feels miserable. Don´t intoxicate your body anymore ! And ask God to help you ! These 2 are the most powerful recommendations I can give from my own life experience :)
  • I was given 3months or less to live in June 2014. No treatment and I'm still here over 5years later. The lady is right.
  • @supersleuth3527
    I was diagnosed with a 70% blockage to my heart in 2013. Several tests were conducted to confirm this. The day before angioplasty I went into a deep meditative/prayer state. During this long internal dialogue in my head I ended up feeling like someone was touching my shoulders and the weight and pain was gone. During the procedure the cardiologist was baffled at not being able to find any blockage. Whether it was angelic intervention or due to the deep meditative state, it was spontaneous healing. You can do this.
  • I just got further in the video where she speaks about the doctor that said more than being in the mind it is the carer that makes the biggest difference. When my mother was first diagnosed and given 3 months by her doctor , I vowed I would do everything I could to make sure she would be well taken care of and hopefully live much longer. I pampered her with massages every day, sometimes 2-3 each day, the best and most nutritious food and meals she would enjoy --and be able to tolerate. I made sure she was surrounded by people she loved and the things she loved as much as possible. I was her 24/7 caregiver and did everything I could to let her know how loved she was. She told me, toward the end of her life, that she never would have lived those almost 17 extra years if it hadn't been for me. I couldn't take the credit for her survival because she was the one that did it, but I think the caregiving and caring definitely contributed.

    If anyone has a loved one with cancer or another " incurable' illness, I think showering them with love and care can make a huge difference, either in how long they survive or the quality of their time ...or both.
  • @richlondon4661
    As I see it, the placebo effect is enhanced by if not solely due to a positive attitude. I have always had a positive attitude. In 2003 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Two years later I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. My mindset after both diagnoses was that I would beat the disease and not define my life by it. I have been cancer free for 17 years. Despite Parkinson's being described as a degenerative disease I take no Parkinson's medications and am still living life to the fullest 15 years post diagnosis. What makes me different? I don't know for sure, but I embrace the placebo effect as a tool that I use every day.
  • This is life changing. What a courageous doctor to swim against the stream of main medical doctrine.
  • @davide724
    Chapter 5 Verse 34

    He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your disease."
  • My mother had an advanced stage 4 non Hodgkin's lymphoma. She didn't respond to several courses of chemo. Then, when at 1-2 years later, she was checked, the cancer was gone. She had a spontaneous remission and lived for over 16 more years, into her 80's. She did not die from cancer. Her oncologist, in the beginning, had given her 3months and told her to get her affairs in order, when he first diagnosed her. She was an amazing woman, who loved people and loved life, despite the fact that her life had been anything but easy. She was the most loving and generous person I've ever known. I'm so grateful I had those extra 16 years with her. I absolutely believe in spontaneous remission from seemingly incurable diseases.
  • @lloydlawson2186
    It worked for me, stage 3 leukemia and i had a hear or two max. From there i ate asparagus and vit c. Within 4 weeks my doctor was getting remission signs and within 8 weeks i was running marathons. My heart had healed itself And i now know anythings possible
  • @rowvictory7603
    Absolutely right! I had a cancer and undergone chemo and radiation, I did not completed the treatment but I have make adjustment to my pH balance (all cancer patients have acidic body) and so was I, today 2 years later I'm cancer free! I strongly believe in what Lissa is talking about, works for me I believe that pH balanced body can not get cancer!!!
  • @luciamoir2641
    My husband and I, 81 and 66 years old respectively enjoy life without the worries of doctor's decisions. Our vacations are our vitamins, our music our energy. Thank goodness for Doctors such Dr. Rankin for putting so much effort on this program. The world need s it!
  • Your mind can kill you but your mind can heal you it's always about choice even this world was made possible so don't question or doubt yourself.
  • Amazing talk! As a physical therapist, I often encounter patients in states of constant sympathetic stress. I do my best to educate on the importance of parasympathetic up-regulation to induce healing and self-repair. It can be a difficult conversation, especially if patients are not receptive. I absolutely love your Whole Health Cairn and would love to see it implemented into healthcare.
  • @theslopchop
    The best Ted Talk ever. I believe 100% I am going to overcome my health problems now that I have addressed the problems xx
  • @titoli1
    This is not about killing medicine or taking away hospitals. This is about implementing changes in how doctors work and how we build hospitals. A hospital should be a relaxing mind calming place, where the doctors also evaluate the mind. This needs to merge with today's medicine to create a stronger system. Ignoring the evidence is just stupid.
  • @MW-ou9bj
    You could say, that placebo effect is a wish of being healthy, the wish of being alive and feeling good. And again, it starts with ourselves recognizing what's not serving us and seek for self care, self love. Our mind is a force. Love this stuff♥️