Lissa Rankin: How to Heal Yourself with the Power of Your Mind


Did you know you could heal yourself from the worst cases of illness and physical pain without medicine or the use of a doctor?

Sounds crazy, right?

I’ve experienced this first hand and seen how powerful your mind can be in healing yourself (even in some extreme cases of broken bones, and energy sucking sickness).

I dive more into how I was able to heal myself, and how Dr. Lissa Rankin went from taking countless doses of medicine for years to being free from her “sick” issues completely.

I encourage you to have an open mind, and learn more about the scientific research presented by Dr. Lissa Ranking in episode 13 on how you can heal yourself.

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The School of Greatness Podcast

Lissa Rankin on the School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Whether or not you believe that your mind has the power to heal your body is irrelevant for listening to this episode.  I simply want you to know that this is some interesting (and scientific) information and when you finish listening you can take from it what you like.

Her book, Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof that You Can Heal Yourself is extremely interesting and well worth picking up a copy.

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • All the terrible health problems Lissa was saddled with growing up
  • How Lissa changed from skeptic to a believer that the mind can heal the body
  • More about her transition from western medicine to a new age approach
  • Where to find studies of people who should have died, but got better
  • How to activate the bodies innate self-healing mechanisms
  • A new perspective on the placebo effect
  • How the no-cebo effect and the data behind it
  • How our innate stress hormones can cause problems
  • How the people from Roseto and how loneliness effects health
  • That happy people live 7-10 years longer
  • Optimists are 77% less likely to die from heart disease
  • How and why to develop a gratitude practice
  • Why “healing yourself is not for the faint of heart”
  • The balance between common sense and self healing
  • Ideas for modulation of stress responses to improve your help
  • The 6 Steps to Healing Yourself
  • Plus much more…

Continue Seeking Greatness:

  1. Buy 1 book for access to the online 2 hour special with Martha Beck
  2. Buy 3 books gets access to the special and a four week tele-class series that she will be teaching on self healing techniques

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Have you ever had an experience where you healed yourself without medicine?  I’d love to hear your experience in the comments section below.  Or if you think this is all crazy talk, please back up with your scientific proof for the debate as I appreciate your comments either way. If you enjoyed this episode then Please leave us a Review on iTunes as well.

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This was unbelievably inspiring and helpful. Love her message, so powerful! 


Thanks Lewis for this podcast, always a pleasure to hear you ask great questions.

I just bought the book. With your podcast, my "To Read" list has grow a lot!

Continu your awesome work.


I devoured Lissa's book. Devoured. I have Ulcerative Colitis and am constantly on the lookout for not only healing methods but also confirmation that it IS possible to heal. All I've ever heard is "the only cure is surgery". And I have a really hard time believing that. I mean, if I cut my hand, it heals. The body *wants* to heal itself, right? I just have to get out of my own way and allow it to happen. So yes, this book was a welcome addition to my overflowing bookshelves. Thank you for sharing this work with your audience - everyone needs to get a heads up!


Great interview @LewisHowes .  It is amazing what the power of the mind can do.  The stories that @lissarankin told about people being sick and their body telling them they needed to quit their job (or go to art school, etc) really hit home for me.  I left a bad job for a lot of reasons but the huge benefit was the way I felt and getting sick less.  It is really amazing how stress (from a bad job or other situation) can ruin your life and your health.  Thanks


This is my FAVORITE thing you have done to date and I have read and listened to a lot of your work.  I am huge into the power of the mind over the body, just like Dr. Rankin having my own physical issues that have turned me to a more eastern philosophy.  It so amazing to see you bringing these ideas to the forefront of your audience!  I hope to see more work of yours with people like Dr. Rankin!  THANK YOU!


@Crystal_CHC Listening now-firmly believe the choices (large+small) I make everyday have an enormous impact on my wellness & quality of life


I found your podcast after hearing you on Rich Roll's podcast. I was raised by parents in the medical profession then married a man raised in Christian Science. We are divorced now, but still raise our daughter in Christian Science for the most part but use common sense and seek medical treatment when needed. This interview podcast is an awesome example of the power of healing from both a mental and spiritual perspective. Now I'm going to cocus on reducing the stress in my life to live healthier and happier. Thanks for sharing!


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