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PBS Healing and the Mind

Bill Moyers | 14:23


This series is made possible by the Fetzer Institute proud to make possible this exploration of mind body health. Additional funding is provided by Laurance s. Rockefeller, the John D And Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation, a catalyst for change, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and by Mutual of America, major underwriters of group pension plans and retirement savings programs.

Most of us brought up in the tradition of Western medical science tend to regard illness as a kind of mechanical breakdown that afflicts our bodies and requires a technical repair, the physician becomes the mechanic under the hood, and a cure is something done to and for us. 

Well, the two people we'll meet in this program take a different approach. 

They administer no drugs and perform no surgery. Together, they represent a growing field of medicine, which holds that the way we think and feel can have a significant effect, not only on our physical health, but on our capacity to cope with illness and disease. 

One draws on the 2500 year old tradition of Buddhism, which holds that a calm mind is the key to health. He works right in the heart of a modern hospital, with patients referred to him because their own doctors can do nothing more for them. 

The second works in the perspective of Western psychology, he found with a group of women suffering from breast cancer, that the simple act of sharing experiences and emotions actually help them live longer in the belief that the physician is only nature's assistant. Both of these men help their patients learn how to reach deep into their own resources for healing from within.

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