The power of Mind over Body was established over 75 years ago with the recognition of the Placebo Effect. Placebos reveal that a positive “belief” about the healing qualities of a drug or medical procedure can promote healing even if that drug turns out to be a sugar pill or the procedure a sham. The Placebo Effect demonstrates a direct influence of the mind’s positive thinking on the biology of health.
Unfortunately, the public is generally unaware that negative thinking is equally powerful in shaping health. Called the Nocebo Effect, negative thinking works in the opposite direction of health and can create any disease and even lead to death.
The power of the mind is especially relevant in understanding the nature of autoimmune diseases, dysfunctions that are best described as “self-destruction.” Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an example of an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys cells of the nervous system.
Diagnosed with MS, Jana Scholten’s prognosis was that her disease would be a chronic life disability with no chance of recovery. Dissatisfied with the prognosis, Jana started her hero’s journey by enrolling in Herbert Benson’s Mind Body Institute, where she learned how “relaxation responses” play a major role in countering disease-provoking stress responses. Using relaxation techniques, in conjunction with visualization practices, goal setting and exercises in positive self-talk, Jana brought her body back into a balanced state of health and has been living a life free of MS.
In Enchanted Wellness - How to go from hating disease to loving it, Jana Scholten’s personal healing journey encourages readers to shed their image of being helpless victims and learn how powerful they truly are. Weaving personal experiences with modern scientific research, Jana offers readers a valuable opportunity to become the master of their fate rather than the ‘victim’ of their life experiences.
Knowledge is power. The knowledge of “self” offered by Jana Scholten is profoundly “self-empowering.” I highly recommend Jana Scholten’s Enchanted Wellness as an empowering prescription for a positive, drug-free healing experience.