I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dr. Lissa Rankin’s latest book, Mind over Medicine. It is such a welcomed departure from what we have come to know and expect from the medical professionals whom we turn to when our bodies aren’t well. This book is unlike any other that I have read. Dr. Rankin quickly reverses roles and places the healing back in the hands, or better yet, the mind of the patient, which is where she believes traditional medicine has gotten it all wrong. Dr. Rankin wants the patient to be the leader in their healing process, because as she says, nobody knows your body better than you. The purpose of the doctor then, is to help you get to the root of what is causing disease or pain in your life. She does not focus simply on the physical or pharmaceutical treatments that we have come to accept and depend on when seeking medical treatment. If you need surgery or tests ordered, she will do that, but she believes that the doctor shouldn't just start or stop there, not by a long shot.
In Mind over Medicine, Dr. Rankin will help lead you on an inner healing journey where you ask yourself important questions. It’s not just whether or not you are feeling chest pain, or other symptoms, she wants you to ask yourself, are you happy at your job? Are you happy in your current relationship? Do you feel the pain mostly during certain times, for example, when your boss is hovering over you, or when your partner is being demeaning and making you feel uncomfortable?
The main point that I took from this book is in regards to the relaxation or stress response. Are your life choices mostly eliciting the relaxation response or is it causing your system to constantly be on high alert and thusly, keeping your stress response turned on--which has the potential to lead to dis-ease and dis-comfort. So then, Mind over Medicine, is about getting to the root causes behind the imbalances, behind the stress, behind the discomfort. So that you can do more than put Band-Aids over your wounds, but you can begin to get to the root cause of the issues. With the awareness of yourself and the choices that you make daily, you can begin tuning in to your intuition, or your Inner Pilot, as Dr. Rankin calls it. You can begin creating a life that fosters health on all fronts and aligns with your true self, balancing all of your needs, physical, spiritual, creativity, sexuality, right livelihood, and so forth. I recommend this book fully.
This book was provided to me for free from Hay House to review. This review is based on my opinions of the material.