Monday, November 22, 2010

The Power of the Mind on Health

It has been estimated by several researchers that the human mind has an affect, either positively or negatively, on over 80% of our health issues. This is in keeping with the Bible's statement in Proverbs 23:7 that says, "For as he thinks in his heart so is he." Dr. Caroline Leaf in her book "WHO SWITCHED OFF MY BRAIN says, "Research shows that around 87% of illnesses can be attributed to our thought life and approximately 13% to diet, genetics and environment. Studies conclusively link more chronic diseases (also known as lifestyle diseases) to an epidemic of toxic emotions in our culture." This is so prevalent that when doing research on various medicines and treatments, the researchers have to take into account the placebo effect and do double blind studies to overcome the mind of the participants. If they believe a certain medicine or treatment will help them it does in about 33% of the time, regardless if it is genuine or not.
So the mind is powerful and can be harnessed to help in the recovery of sickness and disease; or it can to detrimental to recovery. How do we make it helpful? 1) Keeping a positive attitude, 2) Regularly affirming mentally to yourself and out loud that you expect to recover from this condition, 3) Reading devotional books and testimonies of others who have had similar recoveries, 4) Reading promises of Scripture that promise healing and health, 5) Removing from your diet and lifestyle things that promote sickness and disease, 6) Deal with stress, 7) Get plenty of rest, sleep and relaxation, 8) Laugh a lot. Remember he who laughs, lasts and lasts and lasts!

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