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Mind over Body

Do mental functions diminish with age?
It used to be thought that the brain and consequently the mental powers deteriorate with age, but recent studies show that this is not so. Deterioration of mental function is most often due to some pathological changes in the brain and not just due to ageing.
While it's true that some of the brain's functions are at their peak early in life, others take years to develop. Such qualities as judgment and wisdom continue to improve as we age, whereas short-term memory and quickness of recall  may decline.
There is recently a lot of talk about the mind-body connection, as spoken of centuries ago. What is it all about?
Recently it has been proposed by many schools of thinking that visualizing the killer cells in your immune system as fighting against the organisms that cause disease can actually get the body to produce a response against them. This is part of a system of alternative therapy which is also called Holistic medicine. Whether it's called "treating the whole patient," holistic medicine, or some other name, it all boils down to the very logical fact that we are the sum of our minds and our bodies. Emotions and feelings have a powerful impact on physical symptoms.
Many of the so-called alternative therapies emphasizing the mind/body connection are increasingly acknowledged by medical professionals as effective methods for coping with health problems.
We know from recorded history that ancient medical science was based on the idea that mind and body are intimately interconnected, and that successful treatment required the healer to take both into account. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, cautioned physicians to study the mind as well as the body. But over the centuries, the Western world began discounting this wisdom. Scientist-philosophers like Descartes believed that medicine should devote itself to understanding and curing the body's ills.
This mindset produced the modern Western approach to curing illness, in which the only valid treatments are considered to be those that have been proven to work in rigorous scientific studies. Many invaluable means of treatment have resulted from this method, but clinical medicine today still can't cure everything.
Gradually, a new idea has evolved, or re-evolved: that mind and body are constantly interacting. Since our emotions seemingly have the power to ravage our bodies or to heal them, why not use them to our advantage rather than ignoring them?
See Also: Alternative Medicine






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