Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Attitude is 90%

The human body is amazing in how it works. As healthcare practitioners we can tell you the anatomy and physiology of how it works. But if you do not have the right attitude you will never reach your potential. Also I believe without the right attitude you will hinder your mental and physical health. 

1 comment:

Cartoon Characters said...

Absolutely! As someone recently dx with cancer, a friend sent me this paper written about cancer and statistics by an "influential evolutionary biologist" Stephen Jay Gould who outlived his predicted prognosis by 20 years. I quote part of his paper: "If a little learning could ever be a dangerous thing, I had encountered a classic example. Attitude clearly matters in fighting cancer. We don't know why (from my old-style materialistic perspective, I suspect that mental states feed back upon the immune system). But match people with the same cancer for age, class, health, socioeconomic status, and, in general, those with positive attitudes, with a strong will and purpose for living, with commitment to struggle, with an active response to aiding their own treatment and not just a passive acceptance of anything doctors say, tend to live longer. A few months later I asked Sir Peter Medawar, my personal scientific guru and a Nobelist in immunology, what the best prescription for success against cancer might be. "A sanguine personality," he replied. Fortunately (since one can't reconstruct oneself at short notice and for a definite purpose), I am, if anything, even-tempered and confident in just this manner."