This series is about my story of finally getting properly diagnosed with chronic medical conditions for which there are no cures. Upon realizing that medicine is still a long way from being able to cure most chronic conditions, I began searching for evidence to support the ability of mind training to improve physiological functioning. That […]
In this video I mention one woman who died just hours after being diagnosed with very early stage breast cancer. In my book—In Your Own Hands, I provide case studies of numerous medical patients who died because of their unhealthy beliefs. Whether induced by Voodoo or by an oncologist who tells you that you only […]
Reach out to the patient support association that represents people with your particular diagnosis. In addition to being a great source of information, they also provide emotional support if needed. These associations can also provide you with the names of the doctors who most often treat your condition. You will also get lots of useful […]
Empowered patients learn everything they can about their diagnoses. To a certain extent, the degree of your medical knowledge will be commensurate with the quality of care you receive. The more you know about your particular diagnoses, the greater your sense of self-efficacy, and self-efficacy allows you to feel in command of your life, even […]
When your doctors are not able to figure out what may be causing your symptoms, or when treatments are not helping, you can sometimes help in finding the right diagnosis by asking these three questions. What else could it be? Is there anything that doesn’t fit? Is it possible I have more than one problem?
Trust your doctors because they are the medical experts at diagnosing and treating you. If you don’t trust a doctor you work with, find one you do trust. Empowered patients have good working relationships with their doctors.
When people are told they have a chronic, incurable disease or condition, and especially if the diagnosis is potentially life-threatening or extremely debilitating, they understandably react with shock, terror, disbelief, anger, and grief. For some people, the diagnosis serves as a wake-up call and they begin to live life more fully than ever before. A […]
- Authenticity, Transparency
- Body Centeredness
- Cancer and the Mind
- Chronic Illness and the Mind
- Gratitude and Well-Being
- In Your Own Hands
- Living by Personal Values
- Meaning and Purpose in Health
- Mindfulness Practice
- Practice is Everything
- Practice Living by Choice
- Q&A Ask Dr. B.
- Self-Efficacy and Self-Mastery
- Social Support and Contributing Member of a Community