I had two thoughts when I first read Mind Over Medicine: Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, M.D. My first thought – “I really like this”. My second thought – “This is a lot of work.”
I waited a while after finishing this book before event attempting to write a review. There is a lot of information in this book. Some of it, quite frankly, really annoyed me. This wasn’t because I think Dr. Rankin is wrong, but because I didn’t want to hear it.
The beginning of the book is about the placebo and nocebo theories. I understand what she was trying to communicate and I think the inclusion of this information adds credibility to what came later in the book. There is a negative connotation associated with the word placebo in the medical facilities in which I have worked. Therefore, each time she mentioned any CAM treatments and labeled the effect as placebo, I felt my energy shift and I was aware of strong defensiveness. Again, not necessarily a bad thing – but quite uncomfortable.
The other sections of the book in which she gets into the prescription for healing were wonderful and helped to restore my energy. Warning: if you want to get the most out of this book you have to really do the exercises, and they are not easy. You will learn some things about yourself that might just blow your mind.
For me, this won’t be a read it and you are done type of book. I expect to go back and read it several more times. I highly recommend it to you too.