The mind can make us sick and also heal us. Everyone has the capability to interpret their ailments in order to transform their lives and find mental and physical equilibrium.
José Gerardo Albán, surgeon, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare
José Gerardo Albán is a doctor and graduate from Universidad de Caldas. He did his postgraduate studies in evidence based and alternative medicine and also studied different techniques such as reiki, in order to have the tools to help his patients in their healing processes. Fifteen years ago he met his co-developer, John Grinder, and discovered that through neuro-linguistic programming, the power of the mind could be controlled unconsciously. Later, psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology (the union of five sciences: psychology, psychiatry, neurology, immunology and endocrinology) allowed him to understand the origin of disease from a physiological point of view: how the mind makes us ill and the incredible potential for healing that it possesses.
How did your interest for psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology first begin?
“About 15 years ago, I learned about neuro-linguistic programming and discovered how the mind can be controlled. This is when I understood that I could teach my patients to program their minds. This is how I came to know psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology which explains how the mind can both make us ill and heal us. Anyone can heal from disease if you have frequent, positive, happy thoughts and demonstrate joy often.”
Could you explain the relationship between these fields a little more?
“Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology teaches how each thought generates a molecular change in the body which then triggers the release of internal substances called hormones and neurotransmitters that can have an effect on the body; either a positive or negative effect depending on the type of thoughts, leading to either health or to disease. This is where neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) comes in.”
How do you explain that the mind has power over our actions?
“When people become stressed or get depressed, they release cortisol and their blood pressure and blood sugar levels rise, leading to obesity, and causing acne, osteoporosis, and gastritis; mentally, it brings people to a dark place, making them negative. In general, it lowers your immune system and makes it easy for viruses and bacteria to enter the body. People should therefore refrain from emitting negative substances, which are what make us sick, and produce positive ones, which are the ones that heal us such as joy, happiness, love and being content with yourself.”
According to this perspective, diseases shouldn’t exist because everything is in the mind. Is that correct?
“The World Health Organization explains that 85% of diseases are psychosomatic, meaning they originate in the mind. Nothing can happen within someone’s body without the mind instructing it to do something. Each person should be aware of how they are sending information to their body.”
How can a patient with chronic pain implement these techniques?
“Since Ángel Escudero graduated in the seventies as a surgeon, he never used anesthesia in his surgeries, as he understands that pain manifests in the head and not in the physical body, helping his patients to control it.”
It is all too common for there to be a lack of time with treatment. If you were to choose the most important technique that you practice, what would it be and why?
“The internal medicine doctor from Harvard university, Dr. Herbert Benson, discovered that the origin of disease was in the mind, which is why he created the Institute for Mind Body Medicine, which sought to teach people how to control their minds through breathing. Later came Carl Simonton, an oncologist from the United States who helped cancer patients to visualize their healing, teaching them that cancer can be destroyed if patients imagine their defense cells, known as natural killers, as increasing and attacking malignant cells.”
Isn’t being in a world where everything is positive, where the mind does not understand the word, “No,” creating a false perspective on life? Don’t humans experience just as much pain as happiness?
“When someone is angry we recognize it because they transform, frown their eyebrows, tremble and breathe faster, but anger is in the mind and it is represented in the body through chemical substances that are controlled by the brain. The same happens with emotions such as rage, stress, guilt, embarrassment and hate. These generate chemical substances that are activated in the body and make us sick if we have a negative internal pharmacy, and they heal us if we have a positive internal pharmacy.
You say that cancer is a good thing, what do you mean by this?
“German oncologist, Geerd Hamer, has been treating terminal cancer patients by making them understand that cancer is a good thing, it is an opportunity for people to reflect and analyze the emotional and mental aspects of life in order to detect those negative habits that we can change to bring us physical healing. It’s not about leaving traditional treatments, medications or regular doctor’s visits behind, it’s about discovering that a balanced diet and exercise together with aspects such as having a united family, good social relationships, having fun and being thankful fuel us with the hope of being able to beat cancer.”
Along these lines, what should the mind let go of to stop suffering?
“Only two things make us suffer: the past and future. Because we think about a past that doesn’t exist, we become full of rage, hate, guilt, embarrassment and we live with a weight that no longer exists, yet it makes us sick. Worse yet is when, because we are thinking of the past, we imagine a tough future, filling ourselves with anxiety, anguish, stress and panic. We have to understand that we have the same power to imagine and create the best situation for ourselves. It is up to each of us to be happy.”
How hard is it for someone to change their lives?
“It is actually quite easy. All you have to do is make the decision to change your life and believe that you can do it.” •
The scientific world began to link health conditions with people’s emotions in the seventies.
The medication: positive emotions
- Our unconscious controls 95% of our lives. We work on autopilot, but we can program our unconscious minds by what we talk and think about. All our thoughts and words should therefore be positive ones.
- Just as we release our interior pharmacy that makes us ill with substances such as cortisol, we can emit positive substances that counter its effects such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. These are released naturally when we smile.
- Visualize yourself as a new being full of energy, health and love and take five minutes at least three times a day to breathe as you give yourself the opportunity to feel this in your body. The last thing we think of at the end of the day should be, “I am a healthy person.”
3 times a day, for five minutes, think about healing the organ in your body that is ill. Do this if you are sick, experiencing a crisis or are in pain.