Basis for healing—physical diagnosis or the truth of being?

If people believe that the physical symptoms of some disorder must be linked to a material cause, it's easy to see why they are inclined to want a physical diagnosis of disease. It would appear to be how we get to the root of bodily ailments.

Yet, many good thinkers today are making the case for a mind–body connection—suggesting that the cause of some, if not many or all, physical ailments can be traced to the human mind. It's a view that is gaining wider acceptance. With that acceptance we're seeing more and more mental techniques entering the mainstream of treatment. The headline of a cover story in USA Today cited relaxation techniques and some forms of meditation as "Today's way to transcend world's woes" (July 28, 1994).

No more flu
January 16, 1995

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