DISEASES AS A REFLECTION OF THE PSYCHE Wanting to know whether or not the human brain has the power to cure the body of illness, I set out to find an article with some cold hard facts. This article, written by Marcia Angell, Ph.D., elaborates on the subject of the connection between mental state and disease. The belief that there is a connection between mental and physical health is apparent in the article. It signifies that if a person is in a positive frame of mind, active and content, then they are physically healthy and have the ability to ward off many illnesses. However, in the event the person is in a deep state of depression, inactive, or despondent, then their body reacts in a way as to give up and allows sickness to invade their immune system. The ability to control ones physical status is possible, however only to a certain extent. One has to be realistic and not assume that the mind can cure a terminal illness or one of congenital defect, or can it? These beliefs coincide with the philosophies of monism, the mind and body working as one, and the Grand Unification Theory, the joining together of mind and body in an organ called the brain. I personally believe the mind can influence ones body. My opinion stems from my discipline acquired in the martial arts. I can employ the use of my mind to block out or ignore moderate amounts of pain. Therefore I believe the mind has some definite control over the body and its functions as a healer. I therefore agree with Marcia Angel in believing that positive thoughts and concentration will result in a healthy body, while negative thoughts will elicit detrimental effects. There is a vast amount of the brain that has been explored, yet much of its functioning and abilities still remain a mystery. It has been said that secrets to the universe and powers beyond our comprehension are hidden in certain regions of the brain. Perhaps it is in these mysterious regions that those secrets lie. The practice of healing with the mind could be implemented in medical facilities around the world, leading to alternative fields of medical interventions for treating various illnesses. Mind/Body medicine exists worldwide. On October 26, 1993, Turner Broadcast System will air The Heart of Healing. this show depicts various individuals whom have reportedly cured themselves with the power of the mind. Viewing this documentary could be beneficial to everyone, especially individuals with a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. This article and subject may be interesting to individuals in health related fields by lowering the cost of treatment and reducing the demand for pharmaceuticals to cope with pain and symptoms associated with simple illnesses. With proper education this can be proven to also aid people whose religions prohibit the use of our medical technology. And if accepted, they could use the mind to cure sicknesses and or reduce the needless suffering of minor pain. If you are curious about this topic some other sources of information are Mind and body Medicine: A new Paradigm? by Frank Sabatino, Ph.D.. in the journal Hospitals. It also discusses how this once shunned practice is becoming more and more popular in todays health care society. Another article one may consider reading is New concepts of Health and Healing May affect Hospitals Approach to Care , also by Frank Sabatino. It discusses how some of the ancient practices are coming back into circulation in the medical field. Techniques such as acupuncture, acupressure, yoga, and meditation are complimentary examples of these practices. Interest in these techniques have been aroused partly because of the need to restore the human need for alternative treatment along with modern medicine. Local hospitals utilize counseling staff along with medical personnel in treating illnesses such as chronic abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and chronic headaches by teaching patients relaxation and stress management techniques in order to enhance the healing process. Patients who have been treated solely by use of pharmaceutical means with little relief of symptoms tend to respond positively when taught alternative psychological methods for coping with pain and gaining mental and physical wellness. In closing, if mind over body medicine was working before had the technology that is available today, then how are we to know that the answers to todays problems are not hidden in the past?