This week's blog post is by Dr Lauren MacDonald, stage IV cancer survivor who has been NED for over a year. In line with Stress Awareness Month, Lauren shares with us her exploration with the mind-body connection.
I’ve always been fascinated by the mind, it’s what led me to study Psychology before eventually going on to study Medicine. However, during neither of my degrees did I really consider the enormity of the overlap in the two subjects – namely, that the mind has the power to help heal the body, but also make it physically diseased in the first place. I guess this is because western medicine was traditionally shaped by systems of thought that emphasised the opposite – that the mind and body are separate entities. Yet it now seems so blindingly obvious that they are in fact deeply entwined. The emerging field of psychoneuroimmunology (“psycho” for psychology; “neuro” for neurology, or nervous system; and “immunology” for immunity) is finally providing scientific support for this idea. On a personal level, I also feel as though I’ve had first-hand experience of psychoneuroimmunology via my own cancer journey.
Introducing The Mind-Body Connection
Stress And Cancer
The Placebo Effect: An Example Of The Mind-Body Connection
Healing The Body By Utilising The Mind
The Future Of Mind-Body Medicine
Find out more here.