Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?

In my first TEDx talk, The Shocking Truth About Your Health, I introduced the idea that optimal health requires not just a good diet, daily exercise, and plenty of sleep, but also healthy relationships, a healthy professional life, a healthy spiritual life, and so much more. But in 18 minutes, I didn’t have time to get into any detail about the scientific evidence proving that the Whole Health Cairn wellness model I introduced is essential to good health.

In my second TEDx talk, which I delivered on 11-11-12 in Santa Barbara, I dig deeper into the literature, sharing some mind-blowing data that previews my upcoming book Mind Over Medicine (which is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Woot!) You’ll have to watch it all the way through so you can see the surprise ending that still warms my heart.

As many of you know, I’m on a mission to heal health care, and if you’re one of the many who share my mission, you can help by spreading the word about this TEDx talk.  If this talk resonates with you, please post a comment on YouTube about the talk, like it on YouTube, post it on Facebook, tweet it on Twitter.  The more attention the talk gets, the more likely it is that will pick it up and promote it. And this is the first step to healing health care – raising consciousness.

In the documentary film I Am, Tom Shadyac says that animals decide to switch watering holes when 51% of them have shifted their consciousness and decided they want to drink from the new watering hole. That’s what needs to happen in order to heal health care – we need 51% of the population to decide they’ve had enough of things as they are, to make the choice to switch to a new consciousness about health care, one that reclaims health care’s heart and approaches it from a much more holistic viewpoint.

This TEDx talk was created to do just that – raise consciousness. So please – watch it. Share it. Help heal health care. It’s going to take a village to enact sustainable change – but it all starts with you.



With love and gratitude,

Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD: Creator of the health and wellness communities and, author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013), TEDx speaker, and Health Care Evolutionary. Join her newsletter list for free guidance on healing yourself, and check her out on Twitter and Facebook.


Ana Passos
Ana Passos5 years ago


Thorn Briar
Past Member 5 years ago


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

There is indeed a cornucopia of heal thineselves methods. As pointed out- who cares to live to 100 yrs, helpless, disabled mentally, emotionally or physically. There comes a point when your supposed "loved ones" are tired of taking care of you. At this point, they can certainly justify accelerating your death. Remember folks- there is a great divide between the older and younger generations. Many elders are getting marginalized, their medical needs are not on the priority list, there is a pervasive disrespect for the feelings of the elderly ,not surprising from their own relatives.
I am not familiar with the work of this author- Shang-ri la ,la la la is indeed a dreamland.

tiffany t.
tiffany t5 years ago

I agree the mind is a powerful organ with infinite possibility. Sometimes nature is stronger, I have been caring for sick 4 yr old for 3 weeks now telling myself I cannot get sick. Until the 106.7 temp took me down this weekend, I envisioned my immune system kicking butt and angel wings wrapping around me to heal, but I still feel like death warmed over. Lucky for me I think my immune system burned most of the virus out without frying my brain lol

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim5 years ago

Thanks for posting. Looks very interesting.

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Very interesting..thank you

aimee s.
aimee sellars5 years ago

I think there is a lot of valuable information to be shared and applaud someone who was trained in traditional Western medicine and has chosen to explore the benefits of alternative medicine. Dr. Andrew Weil has talked about medical "voodoo" for years and the harm it is capable of inflicting upon patients. I do however agree with the post criticizing Ms. Rankin for her self promotion and apparent narcissism ( the photos are getting old and the post with the boudoir photos replete with fur was nauseating ). Her ego is getting in the way of her valuable work and credibility.

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider5 years ago

Reiki saved my life and eyesight. Reiki has saved me many times over, from headaches and period pain and toothaches and lumps I've found in various glands. Not to mention the treatments I have given others which has enabled them to heal themselves as well. Yes we can heal ourselves. Duhhh!
Lissa I love your work and this is a great topic but I think you dropped the ball here. There's very little substance and I'm wondering if you were in a hurry or something. I didn't watch the whole tedx because I'm old and have been around the block a couple times already. Maybe you could tag this for beginners. I still liked and tweeted coz someone, somewhere will need it for sure.
I love your owning pink work. It always hits me in the heart.
Thanks :-)

Kirsten B.
Past Member 5 years ago

Took the time and space to watch and listen to your second talk. There were some very interesting points in there. Thank you.

Leena K.
Leena K5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.