The last few years have seen a growing recognition of the direct relationship between the mind and the body with the emergence of a field known as psychoneuroimmunology.

This new understanding does not deny the organic causes of illness – such as germs, bacteria, or microorganisms – or that some illnesses are genetically inherited. At the same time, we all know that not everyone in the office falls sick when “the flu is doing the rounds,” and that a disease does not have the same effect on every afflicted person.

It appears that our emotional and psychological states do greatly influence the onset and passage of illness, as well as our ability to heal. “medicine is beginning to see that the origin of disease cannot be spoken without including lifestyle, diet, social milieu, the environment, and, perhaps most interestingly, consciousness and the emotions,” writes Marc Ian Barasch in The Healing Path.


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