I do a lot of "out there" reading. I tend to read four or five books simultaneously, and currently they all have a similar theme. That is, looking at the connection between mind and body, and people's ability to be so in tune with themselves that they can actually heal their own ailments. Conversely, others who are so OUT of tune that they are afflicted throughout their life and never aware of why. Some books I've just read or am reading: When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress/Disease Connection. A palliative care doctor examines stress as it relates to all variety of diseases. More anecdotal (although he sites as many studies as he can), he has the fascinating observation that certain diseases always affect those with a specific personality type. For example, ALS sufferers are ALWAYS overly nice, affable people with the inability to make others uncomfortable or communicate their own needs. Yoga and the Quest for True Self. Again, more anecdotal and CERTAINLY the most 'new-agey' of the lot, the author is a psychiatrist who left his practice to study and teach at Kripalu (a famous yoga centre in the Birkshire Mountains). He provides stories of his students and patients actually becoming so in tune with themselves that they were able to correct ailments and emotional problems through mediation, breath and behaviour changes. My point in bringing all this up is the following focus: Do you believe that there is a profound connection between your frame of mind and your physical health? Not just a surface connection, but the notion that having specific emotional blindsides or blockages can actually cause physical manifestations like cancer or lupus. Critics of this cry two things: One, they dislike the idea that a person is somehow to blame for the diseases they get. That misses the point (I think). I think there is no separation between who you are mentally and who you are physically, so your state of mind and the environment cannot be disregarded. Two, modern medicine tends to focus exclusively on tangible, concrete, measurable things. If it cannot be shown on a blood test, it does not exist. Anyone who has had an undiagnosable ailment will understand the frustration with this view. An alternate focus is: do you believe in "modern", Western medicine or do you have experiences with a more Eastern, holistic frame of reference?