Going the distance

Mind-body connection is mysterious but powerful

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. June 27, 2012

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I recently ran into a former patient in a grocery store. I'd first seen this patient many years ago for a serious problem of far advanced cancer that had affected two dozen lymph nodes in the arm pit. The cancer arose from the breast. Most patients in this situation have a survival of a few months. Thirty-two years later, this patient is vital, engaged and living a normal life. So what can we learn from this experience?

While I don't have all the answers, I can't ignore the importance of commitment and faith and the power of relationships. Now I'm not naive. To simply sit in a room, stare at a candle and have happy thoughts won't correct all of life's miseries. But being proactive and participating in one's own care with an attitude of acceptance can sometimes produce surprising results.

Yes, there is a mind-body connection. The challenge is figuring out how to channel and harness that energy for health and well-being. Do you have examples of these sorts of remarkable experiences to share?


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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June 27, 2012