A guest post written by Wendy Margolese, Christian Science media representative for Ontario and legislative liaison for Canada
Have you ever thought about whether you can influence your own health?
According to Dr. Nancy Abram, MD, you can. Here is an edited excerpt of my conversation with this thoughtful and intuitive physician who, after three decades, retired from her medical practice in Southern Ontario to focus on mind-body medicine.
What brought about your transition from conventional medicine to examining the mind-body relationship in the process of healing and wellbeing?
Dr. Abram: “In my practice as a family physician, I started to realize over and over again, that when I’d write prescriptions, patients needed a higher dose and were subject to side effects. But people really weren’t dealing with their core issues. I’m not against medications, but they are a bit of a blanket, particularly when you are dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
And so, I have felt for many years that the core issues are demonstrated through the body. The body doesn’t lie. So if the body’s in pain, there’s an emotion behind that pain – what you exhibit physically is tied to your thinking.
However, at some point if you don’t fix the disrupted way of thinking – the forms of thought that get you into a pattern – then as a patient, you will probably keep returning.
I did some extra training in a kind of energy psychology – one form was the Emotional Freedom Technique. I received the designation of ‘GP – Psychotherapy’, recognized by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan). I started using this approach on a few of my patients in the clinic and realized that this was the practice I wanted to do. So I retired from the clinic.
I now see clients on a referral basis and they know I am going to approach things differently – they have tried drugs and when that hasn’t worked, they are willing to try my therapy. This doesn’t mean I don’t prescribe medication, but more often it means I have been able to get people off their medication.
How do you empower your patients to find health and wellness?
Dr. Abram: “It is about personal responsibility. It can be frustrating for a lot of physicians because they will tell the patient to eat properly, exercise, etc., but the patient returns with the same symptoms – sometimes even worse. They are handing their personal power to somebody else. And it’s all about taking back your own personal power. Say you are feeling the emotion of insecurity, but your inner being, your higher self doesn’t agree with that. So I help you get connected with your inner being – get back to that understanding that you don’t need to waste your time with negative emotions.
I teach my patients that there is a higher power they can tap into, a resource to help them discover happiness. It’s helping people connect with who they really are, which is more than what they think.
There are probably more physicians who are of this thought than you realize, but they are on this allopathic road where you have to think of concrete things – diagnose and treat. Treat usually means a prescription or a referral. This is the patient’s expectation.
Do you know who is ahead of this shift in medical practice? I would say the nurses. Nurses are trained in a different approach to a patient. Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat; nurses are trained to look more at the whole person – what other factors may be impacting their health.
Do you have any final thoughts to share?
Dr. Abram: ‘We are all energy – quantum physics has taught us that. Finding your health would be allowing the energy that is part of who you are, to flow without resistance. If you look at consciousness as a vibrational energy and allow it to flow – health would really be who you really are, loving yourself. Most people do not love themselves. There is the ‘kingdom of heaven within’ – so you have to acknowledge your own greatness, your own magnificence.
Dr. Abram may be just beginning her practice in mind-body medicine, but her years of experience have led her to see the connection between our thinking, – the “kingdom” – and our health. If the ‘kingdom of heaven’ she refers to is the Divine – working within us, we can all discover an unlimited source on which to draw for our health and wellbeing.
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