"There will be people who won't believe the sort of thing I'm saying, but we believed in the psychological approach. But it was more than psychology. I meditated twice a day. I calmed myself down. I really became a different person," Epstein says.

“There will be people who won’t believe the sort of thing I’m saying, but we believed in the psychological approach. But it was more than psychology. I meditated twice a day. I calmed myself down. I really became a different person,” Epstein says.

A friend recently told me about her friend’s grandmother who discovered she had cancer several years ago.  Supposedly, after unsuccessful chemotherapy, she went to India to work with yogic teachers, intending to fill a spiritual void that she sensed to be her most fundamental sickness.  She returned several months later with her cancer completely healed.

Professing to the mindbody connection regarding sickness and pain can be seen as logic-ignoring evangelism, especially in the developed, Western world.

My friend’s story is unusual, and questionable, but it echoes similar ones I’ve heard in other places.

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