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Lissa Rankin, MD



“We were fortunate to be have Lissa Rankin, M.D., as a guest speaker during her book signing tour for Mind Over Medicine.  Although not new to us, Lissa’s topic of ‘Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself’ gave a refreshing outlook and history of how a busy, driven physician could re-evaluate her profession and integrate a holistic approach to healing the body. Her extensive research into the topic and subsequent embracing of a new approach to evaluating the causes and treatments for chronic and sometimes life threatening illnesses helped the participants gain a new perspective on healthcare. She energized the audience with new tools that would help ‘make their illnesses their business’ and move towards healing themselves in a new partnership with their healthcare providers.” -- Mary C. Shields, RN, MSN, Administrator, Community Cancer Research Foundation, Munster, IN

Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine

Lissa Rankin, MD, New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling is a physician, speaker, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, and mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she is on a mission to merge science and spirituality in a way that not only facilitates the health of the individual, but also uplifts the health of the collective.

Bridging between seemingly disparate worlds, Lissa is a connector, collaborator, curator, and amplifier, broadcasting not only her unique visionary ideas, but also those of cutting edge visionaries she discerns and trusts, especially in the field of her latest research into “Sacred Medicine.”  In 2012, Lissa founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, where she and a team of luminary faculty like Deepak Chopra, Rachel Naomi Remen, Bernie Siegel, and Joan Borysenko train physicians and other health care providers about “Whole Health” and the “6 Steps to Healing Yourself.” Lissa has starred in two National Public Television specials, her TEDx talks have been viewed over 2.5 million times, and she leads workshops, both online and at retreat centers like Esalen and Kripalu.

Lissa’s work has been featured on the hit public television special “Heal Yourself: Mind Over Medicine”, which aired nationwide, and, in 2015, the PBS special “The Fear Cure.”  She has also delivered three popular TEDx talks, and is on the speaking circuit with Hay House’s “I Can Do It” conferences. Lissa’s work has been featured on over 30 television shows, over 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 attended Duke University, the University of South Florida, and Northwestern University during her twelve years of medical education before practicing as an OB/GYN physician in a conventional medical practice for eight years in San Diego. In 2007, she left her practice and spent two years realizing that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling. She opened an integrative medicine practice, where she became fascinated with spontaneous remissions and began a sincere study of mind-body medicine that led to her research in Sacred Medicine.

Since 2010 she has dedicated her life to writing, teaching, speaking, and researching Sacred Medicine full time. As part of her Sacred Medicine research, Lissa has been traveling around the world, meeting with shamans in Peru, Qigong masters from China, energy healers from Hawaii, electric healers in Bali, and a variety of other mystical healers. Lissa is on a grass roots mission to put the “care” back in health care, to reunite healing and spirituality, and to inspire sacred activists to participate in the transformation of consciousness that is revolutionizing the world with acts of love, compassion, and kindness. She lives in Marin County, California with her Waldorf-educated daughter Siena.

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Mind Over Medicine

The health care world consists of practitioners married to two often competing philosophies. Many  hang their hats on modern medicine’s ever-evolving technological advances, insisting that technology is the panacea for all illness. Others, who often pressure patients to avoid conventional medicine, believe you can heal yourself and the practitioner’s job is to facilitate the self-healing process. This talk, which is ideal for holistic health conferences, focuses on how to combine the two, integrating the best of what modern medicine has to offer with techniques for facilitating physiological self-repair via the power of the mind.


Diagnose The REAL Reason You’re Sick

You might think it’s your genes, your hormones, or your biochemistry causing your illness- and you might be right. But often, the root causes of illness stem from unresolved emotional issues that lead to physiological manifestations within the body. To achieve optimal health, the root causes of illness must be diagnosed and treated, alongside any biochemical diagnosis and treatment. This talk, which is ideal for hospitals and health conferences, is similar to Lissa TEDx talk, The Shocking Truth About Your Health.


Can You Really Heal Yourself?

The placebo effect and its evil twin, the nocebo effect, prove that what we believe about our health manifests physically. But you don’t need a sugar pill or saline injection in order to heal yourself. By shifting negative beliefs about health to positive ones, you create a hormonal milieu that activates the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms. This talk, ideal for health and women’s conferences, focuses on what you can do to heal your beliefs so your body will follow.


How To Heal Yourself

Healing yourself is a six step process that requires positive belief, the support of a healer, the ability to tap into the body’s inner wisdom and knowing, the insight to be able to diagnose the underlying root causes of illness, the courage to implement a treatment plan aimed at healing the root causes of the illness, and after you’ve done what you can, the faith to surrender to the journey. This talk, ideal for health and women’s conferences, offers practical tools and audience participation so listeners can make their own self-diagnosis and write The Prescription, a self-guided holistic treatment plan, for themselves.


The Health Benefits of a Happy Professional Life

We all know that work stress is bad for your health, but did you know that you can literally work yourself to death? The scientific data proves that those who engage in work they love, manage work stress effectively, and learn how to counteract the body’s stress response with the relaxation response live longer, healthier lives. This talk, which is ideal for corporate audiences, focuses on how being more healthy in your professional life affects not just your job satisfaction but your physical health. It includes teaching a simple practice that counteracts the stress response and helps prevent its deleterious effects on the body.


The Health Benefits of Friendship

The scientific data proves that the more close friends we have, the healthier we are. Close friendships make you less likely to get sick and more likely to recover if you get sick. They even increase your life expectancy. This talk, which is ideal for women’s conferences, churches, and other health and spirituality gatherings, focuses on the sacred contracts we unconsciously or explicitly make with our friends. It also covers tips for how to be a good friend and how to attract positive friendships into your life, not just because friends alleviate loneliness, but because friendship is preventative medicine.


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