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Lissa Rankin

About Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, MD is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online communities LissaRankin.com and OwningPink.com. Discouraged by our broken health care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience cure from seemingly “incurable” illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. Fueled by a passion to determine what really makes people healthy and what really predisposes them to illness, she dug into the medical literature to study how doctors might better care for patients and patients might better care for themselves. Her research helped her understand and translate how thoughts and emotions originating in the mind translate into measurable physiological phenomena. She is now leading a health care revolution to help patients heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, the possibility of patient-initiated spontaneous remission. She will be sharing the findings of her research about self-healing in her upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House 2013). Lissa lives in Marin County, California with her husband and daughter.

Women, Please Stop Shaming Men

Lissa Rankin

As research for my upcoming book The Fear Cure, I’m rereading Brené Brown’s ground-breaking book Daring Greatly. In it, she discusses the difference between how men and women experience shame. There’s a lot of talk in our culture about how women have been oppressed by the patriarchy- and I’m not dismissing the validity of this… Continue Reading →

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A Call For Greater Compassion

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Over the weekend, I posted a video on Facebook which shared the message of a famous spiritual teacher. Many were touched by and shared the video, but a few wrote disparaging remarks about the video, claiming that the spiritual teacher couldn’t be trusted because he struggled with alcoholism, as if we could never trust anything… Continue Reading →

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Two Simple Steps To Radical Compassion

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In my personal life, I keep dancing around the concept of heart protection. Living an open-hearted life comes with so many gifts that it seems worth making the heart vulnerable. But how do we live open-hearted lives without being at risk of feeling hurt or disappointed all the time? Are we supposed to keep the… Continue Reading →

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A Lesson In Empathy

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The woman in front of you in the grocery store line just lost her mother after a nine year battle with cancer. Your boss just found out his wife is having an affair. The other mother you ran into in the schoolyard just found out her daughter has a brain tumor. The Starbucks barista who… Continue Reading →

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Are You A Cognitive Validator Or A Flaming Mystic?

Lissa Rankin

When I went through the spiritual experience I wrote about here, a part of me simply couldn’t handle it. Some of the events that unfolded in the wake of The Experience made absolutely no sense to my cognitive mind, which I have come to trust. How can you dissolve clouds with your intention? How can… Continue Reading →

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Are You Addicted To Busyness?

Lissa Rankin

How many times have you heard variations on this conversation? Person A: How’s it going? Person B: I’m insanely busy. You know, the usual. Person A: Yeah, me too. I’m scheduling into 2015 already. Person B: I get it. Haven’t taken a real vacation in over a year. Person A: Well, gotta count our blessings… Continue Reading →

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A Love Letter To Aspiring Medical Students

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On my PBS tour, I had lunch with health blogger James Clear, who is studying for his MCATs and wants to go to medical school. James and I have been talking about his desire to go to medical school for a while. As a successful entrepreneur with a strong sense of self and a calling… Continue Reading →

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How To Receive Criticism With Grace

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Because I put myself out there in public ways, I’m subjected to a LOT of criticism, both on the internet and in person. Some of it is the kind of vicious, violent hating that cowards love to spout amidst the safety of being anonymous on the internet. Some of it is pure projection. People don’t… Continue Reading →

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Why Imperfection ROCKS During The Holidays

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You know how everyone seems to expect the holidays to be perfect? You may have felt pressured to have the perfect presents under the tree (and lots of them). You may have been expected to prepare the perfect holiday feast. Maybe you feel like you’re supposed to act perfectly happy and content, even though the… Continue Reading →

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How To Advocate For Yourself With Doctors

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When I read the following Facebook post from my friend Aviva Romm, MD, it struck me that if a Yale-trained physician who works with Mark Hyman, MD has this much trouble getting the kind of medical care we all deserve, we have a bigger problem than I even realized. Fair or not, usually doctors get easier access to… Continue Reading →

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How To Raise Healthy, Happy Kids

Lissa Rankin

When I wrote the title of this blog, I think I might have been overly ambitious. How DO you raise healthy, happy kids? It’s a question I ponder almost every day and one my readers ask me about frequently. Because I’m a mom, doctor, and entrepreneur, I’m often asked about my parenting choices, and as… Continue Reading →

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The One Secret To Avoiding The Success Trap

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A friend and fellow Hay House author Christina Rasmussen reached out to me this weekend because her book, Second Firsts: Live, Laugh & Love Again, about finding joy after loss recently launched. Christina was about to hop on a plane to travel to New York for her book launch when she reached out and asked me if… Continue Reading →

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