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Lissa Rankin, M.D.

Guest Speaker

Lissa Rankin, M.D. is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself. She is on a grass roots mission to put the "care" back in health care and to heal our broken health care system, one doctor and one patient at a time.

Discouraged by our broken health care system and curious why some patients do everything "right" but still wind up sick, Lissa set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care. She researched what really makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness, not just diet, exercise, and standard healthy behaviors, but everything else. What she uncovered in the mainstream medical literature led her to develop a type of medical practice she terms "Whole Health Medicine," based on the scientifically-proven healthy behaviors she shares in Mind Over Medicine. She is now leading a health care revolution to empower patients to heal themselves, while encouraging the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such medical "miracles."

Lissa's work is featured on a hit public television special Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine, which aired nationwide. She also delivered three popular TEDx talks, and she's on the speaking circuit with the Hay House "I Can Do It" conferences. Lissa's work has been featured on more than 30 television shows, 50 radio shows, and in publications such as O Magazine, The New York Times, Health, Women’s Health, Forbes, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, Huffington Post, People, Woman’s Day, WebMD, and CNN.

Lissa Rankin has been a featured guest speaker at the Chopra Center's Journey into Healing workshop.

Articles by Lissa Rankin, M.D.

On the other side of victimhood lies true empowerment, where you realize that you are co-creating your life and always participating in what happens to you. Here are five steps to help you let go of your victim story and change your core beliefs about yourself.Read More
It's easy to express gratitude for your blessings, but how do you practice gratitude for your challenges? Author and mind-body medicine physician, Lissa Rankin, shows us how to practice “radical gratitude,” and why it's important to do so.Read More
According to the Center for Disease Control, 80% of visits to the doctor are believed to be stress-related. Yet what is “stress” if not fear, anxiety, and worry dressed up in more socially acceptable clothing? While we tend to view worry, anxiety, and fear as signs of weakness, most of us are...Read More
Do you do things in your life because you want to ... or because you should? We're so full of ideas and judgments about what we should and shouldn't do, that we tend to ignore the best advice we get—signs from the universe and guidance from our soul.Read More
If you have a conscientious doctor, you’ve probably been asked important health questions such as: Are you eating a mostly vegetable based diet? Are you avoiding sugar and limiting glucose-spiking carbohydrates like white pasta and bread? Are you choosing organic? Are you avoiding habits that can...Read More
My book Mind Over Medicine is full of data scientifically proving that the mind can heal – or harm – the body. But data can be dry, and sometimes what resonates most deeply within our souls are stories. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and let’s have story time. I’m going to tell you a few true...Read More