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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 PhD 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
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