Do you know what the single most important factor in long-term health is?
- Is it drinking enough water each day?
- Is it eating only raw foods?
- Is it getting high quality sleep?
All of those things are amazing, of course… but here is the ONE factor that is controlling your current state of health completely: your thinking.
In health, mindframe is everything.
Don’t believe me? Look at it this way:
Your body is completely new — inside and out — every few years.
All of your organs (except for one) completely regenerates, repairs, and optimizes on a continuous basis.
- Some parts of your body are so fresh and new that they are only one day old… the cornea of your eye, for example. Your cornea can completely regenerate every 24 hours.
- Some parts are a little older… the lining of your intestines, for example, are about 3 days old.
- Your skin is about 1 month old.
- Your fingernails have completely grown out and replaced themselves in about 6 months.
- Your taste buds are only little 10 days old when they get replaced.
- Your liver is regenerated every 5 months.
- Your lungs are renewed every two years.
- Even your bones, the support system of your body, is on a 10 year replacement program.
“When we meet a friend we have not seen for six months
there is not one molecule in his face which was there when we last saw him.”
– Harold Saxton Burr
There is only one organ system that sticks with you for your entire lifetime:
Nervous tissue is the slowest to repair, never increases in number of cells, declining in cell quantity over time. While there are plenty of things you can do to stimulate new adaptations and promote brain health, as I’ve outlined here, here and here. But for the most part, the brain you have now is the brain you will always have.
Here’s the thing though… your brain is the one you will always have, but your thinking doesn’t have to be the same thoughts that you’ve always had.
Every other part of your body has the ability to be made anew and replaced many many times in your lifetime.
So that means that you can outgrown conditions.
You can improve the health of your tissues.
You can begin to repair past damage and let go what isn’t working for you and enjoy manifesting a new body entirely… this is why it is never too late to quit smoking! Within of quitting days your cardiovascular system improves, within months your lungs are repairing, and within years your chances of getting lung cancer are half of what they used to be.
So why do we still struggle with those chronic health problems?
Why the skin conditions that won’t go away, the irritable bowel that won’t quit or the allergies you just haven’t outgrown?
Since we can get a new body every ten years… why do we carry the same problems for decade after decade? It’s because our thinking hasn’t changed.
Every single day we get a chance to wake up and re-invent ourselves. A chance to see things from a new perspective and breathe a new breath and have a new thought.
It takes work to change our thinking and it takes some patience to see this manifest in our bodies.
After all, lots of these health conditions are our life’s work!
They were not meant to clear up overnight, nor could they.
But the next time you get frustrated with your body… the next time you curse your bad posture or your sensitive stomach or your ingrown toenail or your seasonal allergies… just remember: those tissues in your body are literally in the process of being replaced right now!!!!
If you can let the illness die away and be replaced along with this natural process, you can help unfold a new body that works how you want it to work.
The only thing you are carrying with you, decade after decade…
isn’t that red blood cell (lifespan of about 4 months)
or that stomach lining (lifespan of about 2 days)
it is the way you feel about your body and the thoughts you think about it.
Now disease is a real thing, it’s not *in your head* at all, and there is much much more we can do to support and facilitate health then just changing our thought patterns. But I write this post today so that you can give yourself a chance… just a chance… to open to the fact that the conditions you have now are not the conditions you need to be saddled with forever.
The health reality you are dealing with right at this very moment has the potential to shift and change and release.
Because your body is literally a self-healing machine,
capable of fully replacing itself,
it is worth being very positive and aware of the thoughts you think
and the baseline activity of your brain…
… which is the only part of you that you need to be carrying with you in 10 years time.
So here is where a healing mantra comes in.
Recent medical studies have proven that simply repeating a mantra can help trauma patients recover from PTSD even better than traditional talk therapy.
I blog about that for you here.
So developing a healing mantra is one of the very best tools you can do to set the dial tone for your entire upcoming year.
Based on the fact that your body is a self-renewing machine, literally divinely design to renew itself around the clock, the best healing mantra you can gift yourself is to be open to this renewal. So the healing mantra I suggest for you is:
“I am open to what is possible.”
As simple as that.
I am open to what I am experiencing, and I am open to what is possible for it to transform into.
Look at what is possible in health.
What is possible is where your healing lies.
What you feel is possible for YOU defines exactly how far you can go with your healing.
You can go as far as you feel is possible for you to go and no further.
So let’s start 2019 off reminding ourselves:
- You are always full of healing potential… always.
- No one can tell you what is true for your body or your health… so don’t let anyone have that kind of power.
- Conventional medicine can be helpful in illness and disease but is absolutely not equipped to help you maximize health and wellness.
- For maximizing your own health, you have full and complete control… here’s why:
The way the current medical model is set up is to test and report the outcome of a medication or surgery or intervention in the scientific literature, and to use these statistics as the standard of care.
I’m very familiar with the scientific method of research not only through keeping on top of the current scientific literature to as a licensed physician…
…but also because growing up as the daughter of one of the lead scientists at the National Institutes of Health I attended international scientific meetings since I could walk…
…and then went on to join a laboratory at the National Cancer Institute throughout my college years where we conducted leukemia research.
And with my experience in both laboratory medicine and clinical medicine, what I can tell you is: the entire thing is messed up.
Here’s basically what happens:
A study collects data on a group of people — half of who get the drug (or surgery/intervention/etc…) and half who receive placebo in a double blinded study.
The results are collected which basically tell us what the outcome was for this particular group of people at this particular point in time in this particular location and with this particular modality.
Your doctor reads this and then sees you in his or her office.
When you are diagnosed with an illness, your doctor reviews the current standard of practice for that disease and based on these studies he tells you some statistics that are likely for you if you take this medicine or have that procedure done.
Your doctor unknowingly limits your healing potential
with what has been most probable in the past for others.
Many times, these statistics are frightening, scary, and deflating.
And often they change the outlook of the patient for the worse, because as we know in medicine: Outlook changes Outcome.
And even when the statistic or intervention offered has favorable odds of working, you are now being defined and limited in the doctor’s mind (which is then transferred to your mind) of what is standard, what is probable, what happened in the past to others.
What this model of healthcare never ever allows for is *POSSIBILITY*.
It never shows you what is POSSIBLE FOR YOU.
It brings you down to the lowest common denominator. It never lifts you up and reveals to you the unlimited healing potential of your body.
You have unlimited healing potential.
You should *know* THAT.
Every cell in your body has unlimited potential to heal.
What we do in modern medicine right now is collect data from around the world on what we are limited to, on what is probable.
But what we SHOULD be doing, is scouring the entire world to find all the anecdotal evidence, all the case reports, all the best outcomes, all of the miracles that happen all over the world every single day in every sort of condition in every type of person with every intervention ever dreamed up… and studying THOSE.
We should be finding out WHY some folks heal fully..
…why some invite miracles…
…why some never get a disease in the first place…
…why some are predicted to have a very poor outcome and they fully heal anyway.
Because these experiences, of people getting the illness that YOU HAVE
and surviving and thriving and fully healing from it
are PROOF of what is POSSIBLE.
I am not interested in reducing a patient’s healing to a pre-set outcome.
I am interested IN WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR THEM.
I want physicians to look through the medical literature like an encyclopedia, filled with all kinds of beautiful outcomes from all kinds of amazing interventions and treatments, both holistic and conventional, and to go through this information together with their patients as an IDEA BOOK OF WHAT IS POSSIBLE.
And together, come up with a treatment plant that feels right to that specific patient.
Because there are *UNLIMITED* ways to heal!
And there are many paths to healing and you can align with any one of them! Or many of them! And the process of healing should be uplifting and a relief… not a battlefield.
Instead of sitting down and pulling out a study that tells me what percentage of people do poorly with this condition and what percentage of healing will or won’t happen and having my patient walk away with a statistic or a number, I want them actively choosing inspired action!
I believe the medical literature should be an encyclopedia of
what has gone right for others and what is
POSSIBLE AND ATTAINABLE FOR US ALL.
Because if it is possible…
…if it has happened even one single time to one other person on this planet…
…than it can absolutely happen to you.
It has already been proven POSSIBLE.
So let’s fill the medical literature up with what is possible and attainable and study THAT!
Let’s switch the focus from probable, to possible.
If even one other person has had this illness and experienced a complete recovery, than that is documented and possible for YOU too.
Even if it has never ever happened to anyone else, it can happen to YOU.
Anything is possible!
We just need to keep our minds and hearts open to possibility.
Because if healing has happened to even one other person, than for sure it’s been proven:
It can happen. It has happened.
And it can happen to you too.
I don’t want the standard of care to be that we sit a patient down and look at the spectrum of outcomes in the past and we limit our patient’s future healing by overlaying the mass failure of others onto them. I want physicians to sit their patient down to look at the spectrum of WHAT IS POSSIBLE in healing, and lay out all the possible paths back to Well Being for them, and together reach for THAT.
That’s what health care should be! A journey back to Wellness!
Visiting a doctor should be a wonderful uplifting experience, a chance to get all kinds of healing possibilities and inspiration and ideas collected from the medical literature from all over the world offered to us by someone who is our healing advocate.
Ideally we would walk away from every doctor’s appointment feeling full of possibility.
So… the next time your physician talks to you about a treatment plan and gives you outcome percentages and probabilities, just remember: this is simply a mass marketed number.
It doesn’t tell you what is possible with this condition and it doesn’t tell you what is possible FOR YOU.
I think if we can shift the medical literature
from Probable To Possible
we’d experience a shift in the well-being of people everywhere.
And today it starts with you. Your 2019 healing mantra?
“I am open to what is possible.”
Repeat this often.
Look into a mirror, gaze directly into your own eyes, feel the presence of the YOU that is living inside of your body, and tell yourself out loud:
“I am open to what is possible.”