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16 Jan 2006

Healthy mind = healthy body
Morning beautifull people! Please send some energy my way, feeling oh-so-not in the mood for work today...
Eish, thats actually so wrong, must be thankfull to be blessed with a fine job...

Anyway, CS, this is a bit of a strange question, but here goes:
How powerfull do you think the mind is when it comes to physical or pshycological illness? Do you think that it is possible cure your body and mind by changing your thought patterns?
I'm reading a book by Louise L. Hay, her theory, which she has put into personal practice, is that most diseases (i.e. cancer, depression, halitosis!) can be cured by using the power of the mind to influence the physical wellness of the body.
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01 Jan 0001

Well, a great morning greeting back to you, even from us less than beautiful people ! I don't know Hay's book, but I don't think she has done any research to back her wild claims. Yes inded, good research shows that one's state of mind can very valuably influence one's health and helop one to improve one's health in various disorders -- but it CANNOT "cure" diseases including cancer, etc, and if she claims that, then she's speaking as a quack and not as a properly qualified doctor.
A bad attitude and bad habits of thought can be bad for on's general and specific state of health, and CBT-type counselling directed towards identifying the ubnhelpful thought habits and changing them in specific ways, can surely help. But simply posiive thinking, while a whole lot better than negative thinking, does not CURE significant disease.
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