"Interest in studies relating psychological factors and stress to cancer is growing apace.... A number of factors are contributing to this phenomenon. According to NCI's [National Cancer Institute's] Bernard Fox new information on the immune system... is opening the way for research that could link specific emotions to specific biochemical events. And the fast-blooming area of behavioral medicine provides a favorable context for these initiatives to flourish. Also, evidence supplied by research with biofeedback and behavior modification has demonstrated the extent to which the mind can influence physiological processes hitherto thought to be inaccessible to voluntary control." (Science magazine, June 23, 1978, p. 1363.)

The following editorials relate to the current trend to recognizing that thought influences the body.

Almost a century ago, Mary Baker Eddy pointed out: "That....

Almost a century ago, Mary Baker Eddy pointed out: "That mortal mind claims to govern every organ of the mortal body, we have overwhelming proof. But this so-called mind is a myth, and must by its own consent yield to Truth. It would wield the sceptre of a monarch, but it is powerless. The immortal divine Mind takes away all its supposed sovereignty, and saves mortal mind from itself." Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, pp. 151–152;

This observation is not merely speculative. Mrs. Eddy was convinced of its truth because she had proved it in healing. And her conviction was reinforced because she found she could show others how to heal (and to stay well) on a metaphysical, divinely mental basis.

The Science of healing she discovered and elucidated was in accord with Christ Jesus' teaching and with his practice. The same divine laws that Jesus understood and demonstrated, that Mrs. Eddy perceived and applied to healing, are as active and potent now as ever. That our state of thought has direct bearing on organic health Mrs. Eddy recognized. But Christian Science goes infinitely further than noting this point. It shows that there is but one Mind, the divine. And that man is the idea of this Mind, as immortal and perfect as Mind, or God.

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December 4, 1978

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