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Video: Friendly People Have Better Immune Function

In this study, after controlling for potential confounding variables, research psychologists discovered that the most friendly, openhearted people have the lowest rates of cancer and the most optimally functioning immune systems. In other studies, friendly, openhearted people also had less heart disease.

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Video: Meaningful Relationships Correlate with Less Cancer

In this prospective study at Johns Hopkins, which was carried out for thirty years, the medical students who in medical school were deemed to be most likely to have meaningful relationships throughout life, were found to have far less cancer throughout life. In fact, the research psychologists discovered that those medical students who had shown […]

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Video: Social Support Improves the Odds of Beating Cancer

In this prospective study of breast cancer patients, those who confided in others had higher survival rates. There was a clear correlation between social support and higher survival rates. This study was conducted by Dr. Elizabeth Maunsell.

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Video: The Mind Overrides Medical Treatment

This is a case study of a woman treated for intractable asthma with what both the doctor and the patient believed was a powerful new, experimental drug. The doctor, in disbelief over the rapid cure using the drug, believed the drug company had sent a placebo. To test whether the drug supplied to him by […]

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Video: Love May Be the Most Powerful Medicine

In this case study, from the early 20th century, physician William Osler cured a small boy of whooping cough. In the days before antibiotics, whooping cough was commonly fatal. Dr. Osler made an emergency house call to the young boy, who was dying of whooping cough. Because he went to the boy’s house straight from […]

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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: Your Personality Alters Your Anatomy

This case study is of someone with three distinct personalities. The three personalities have anatomical and physiological differences that are recognizable by any observer. When this person switches personalities, a chronic disease that the previous personality lived with is now absent. Anyone who doubts the power of the mind to effect physiological changes should review […]

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Video: Mental Health and Cancer

Our degree of mental health and wellbeing significantly influences the immune system and its ability to defend against cancer and other debilitating chronic and life-threatening diseases. Studies of schizophrenics and others who tend to split off from reality reveal that they have lower rates of cancer and than the mentally well. The explanation for this […]

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Q & A with Dr. B.

The purpose of this website, my book, and the Community Education course I teach at the College of Marin, is to teach people how to live a vibrant, meaningful life through the cultivation of self-empowerment and self-efficacy. In this weekly Q&A column, I post questions from students and from people who attend my presentations along […]

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Video: The Mind Can Heal the Body

In a study at Baylor College of Medicine, researchers divided of group of patients who needed arthroscopic knee repair into two groups. One group got the arthroscopic surgery. The other group got sham surgery, whereby the holes were made for the scopes, but no scope was actually inserted. This second group did not receive any […]

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