What if What if you don't know what you don't know? "Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science thereever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, ofoccurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it alwaysproves more easy to ignore than to attend to... Anyone will renovate hisscience who will steadily look after the irregular phenomena, and whenscience is renewed, its new formulas often have more of the voice of theexceptions in them than of what were supposed to be the rules."- William James "I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." -Tolstoy "It is really quite amazing by what margins competent but conservative scientists and engineers can miss the mark, when they start with the preconceived idea that what they are investigating is impossible. When this happens, the most well-informed men become blinded by their prejudices and are unable to see what lies directly ahead of them." - Arthur C. Clarke, 1963 I do not know the answers you seek. I do wish you well. I do know that many illnesses are cured by shifts in thought processes. One book I can recommend (Remarkable Recoveries) describes many case studies of individuals sent home to die, some with only 24 hours expected and many with less than 3 months. A common factor with many of the unexplainable healings was a shift (to a more empowered mindset) in perspective. I also know that positive psychology has shown that the risk of developing heart disease is 50% less in individuals who are chronically positively focused and optimistic. Positivity and Optimism also have preventative impacts on cancers, Type II diabetes, stroke and many more illnesses, including the common cold and flu. It has been clearly and repeatedly proven that our immune systems function better when we are happier. So, with what I do know, from copious research across many fields, is that the mind (state of mind) does have an impact on the body. This is not about casting blame or saying it is "all in the mind" because the thoughts of the mind clearly impact what happens to the body. I also know that much of the way we are taught to think and things society encourages are counter-productive to what we now know about what are the healthiest ways to think. I am not now, or ever, interested in fixing blame. That is not going in the direction of solving problems. What I am interested in is cross-pollination of ideas, concepts, and theories from diverse fields that may impact one another. There is no shame in manifesting an illness in ones body by the thoughts one thinks or perspectives one has assumed, whether the mind was the sole cause or just a contributing factor (as in an immune system weakened by negativity). It is not as if there is even one person alive on the planet that has figured it out fully -- what perspectives promote health and which are counter to it. We are all products of our environments to some extent or another. Some are learning to question many of the false premises we were taught in school about how things work -- not taught incorrectly to fool us but because they did not know better at that time. We think we know so much now but there is so much we do not know. Some of the circulatory systems in the body were only discovered in the last 50 years. The emotional response system is just now struggling to be recognized in the scientific community - I hope a paper will soon be published on it. We are far from knowing all.