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Sacred Medicine

By: Lissa Rankin MD,Dr. Gabor Maté - foreword
Narrated by: Subhadra Newton
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Publisher's Summary

Sacred Medicine is a book of inclusion. It does not prescribe nor preach nor proselytize: it illustrates, informs, and illuminates.” —From the foreword by Dr. Gabor Maté, author of When the Body Says No and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

In 2007, Lissa Rankin left a promising career in medicine to tend to her own health and well-being. Her search to discover why people really get sick and what truly optimizes health outcomes launched a bestselling book, two television specials, and a revolution in the way we look at mind-body medicine. But so many questions remained for this doctor and skeptic. How is it that some people do everything right and stay sick, while others seem to do nothing extraordinary yet fully recover? How does faith healing work—or does it? What’s behind the phenomenon of spontaneous remission—and is this something we can influence? Can we make ourselves miracle-prone?

Certain that, if she looked hard enough, she would find the answers, Dr. Rankin embarked on a decade-long journey to explore these questions and more. The result is Sacred Medicine, both a seeker’s travelogue and a discerning guide to the sometimes-perilous paths available to patients when wellness fads, lifestyle changes, and doctors have failed them.

In Sacred Medicine, you’ll follow Dr. Rankin around the world to meet healers gifted and flawed, go on pilgrimage to sacred sites, investigate the science of healing, and learn how to stay safe when seeking a healer. You’ll receive the wisdom offered by Indigenous cultures for whom healing begins with our sacred connection to Mother Earth, and dive deep into the cutting-edge trauma research that is igniting a medical revolution. Rich with practices and protocols that Dr. Rankin has found particularly effective, Sacred Medicine delivers a thoughtful, grounded exploration of questions around how we heal—and a path of hope for those in need.

©2022 Lissa Rankin (P)2022 Sounds True

Critic Reviews

Sacred Medicine is a must-read for anyone who respects the importance of conventional medicine and also wants to dive in to the transformative possibilities of emotional and spiritual healing. Dr. Rankin’s healthy dose of skepticism and careful eye for safety make her the perfect guide to introduce the reader to a wide array of healing theories and practices.” —Kelly A. Turner, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Hope and Radical Remission

“Sacred Medicine delivers on the promise of its title, and more. As a wellness advocate who believes that there is no separation between healing and justice, I was delighted to read every one of Lissa Rankin’s words. She has managed to honor both the sacred and the science while illuminating the truth that the two are inextricably linked. Themes of curiosity, compassion, and justice artfully weave throughout the pages in a way that compels the reader to see community as a foundational element of healing. I am so grateful for this expansive, intentional, and incredibly well-researched and well-experienced text on medicine. Brava!” —Rebekah Borucki, mother, author, publisher, advocate

Sacred Medicine takes you on an exciting tour of nontraditional approaches to healing through the eyes of a traditionally trained physician who also carries the heart of a spiritually evolved guide. Ancient and modern healing practices are submitted to the rigors of rational, scientific thought and tapped for their inherent utility and sacred wisdom. Ultimately, you will be the beneficiary of this unique exploration as you navigate your own way through your culture’s confusion about healing and spiritual development.” —Donna Eden and David Feinstein, PhD, coauthors of Energy Medicine

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very political and much talk of privilege.

It seemed like she was trying to get a pat on the back for her political views and her recognition of her privileges. I was looking for a book on sacred medicine, not something full of opinionated political views and Corona virus.. would not recommend.

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Political views - ugh

The vibration of the political talk was a turn off. Sorry I purchased. No matter what your politics are, it taints the material.

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A book about hope, but hope is literally crushed in the first 30 minutes.

I’ve loved some of her previous books… but the narration is SO cringy, and uncomfortable to listen to, I had to stop after 30 minutes.

The beginning of the book talks about how it’s a book about hope, but then immediately talks about how for some people there is no cure, so just try to find things that make you happy while you suffer for the rest of your life…. That message, to me, is a messed up way to start a book for someone who is looking for help.

As far as the rest of the book goes, I’m sure there are some gems of info because lissa is smart and insightful, but I just couldn’t get there. 😢

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Loved most of it.

Loved most, dismiss some, will investigate other ideas further. The reading was well done.

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  • 09-02-22

Healing

This is a great book - very comprehensive. Learned a lot. Helpful whether you’re battling Illness or not.

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Great book for medicine, energy and natural doctors alike!

As a Doctor of Holistic Health I teach people ways to naturally live and help their body heal. It is sad when my clients medical doctors do not understand how we are meant to work together to help people get better and live a happier healthier life. At the same time it is hard hearing about clients past experiences with natural healers who took advantage of them just like their medical doctors. I love this book because it brings these things to life as well as the positives in all practices and how working together will help the human race. Thank you Dr. Rankin for creating this book and dedicating so many years of your life to uncover these things and provide them to all. Blessings to you and all who come along your path and works you have done.

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Powerful perspective on healing

I am a huge fan of Dr Rankin’s books and have read “Mind Over Medicine” and “The Fear Cure”, all of which I highly recommend. Lissa is such a thorough researcher and puts her heart & soul into all of her healing offerings to the public. This book is no exception & takes us readers/listeners to important new places on the sacred journey to healing. Please listen!!

My only feedback is that the woman who recorded the audiobook (who is not Dr. Rankin) mispronounces the medical terminology, which hurts my ears as a medical professional and became distracting as a listener.

Other than that, I’m a huge fan!

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This book covers an enormous amount of territory. I would encourage the listener to be patient and willing to keep listening through the entire book. There are profound insights peppered throughout.

The narrator made my listen challenging. Her breathy overly affected and dramatic whisper through the beginning and intermittently through the rest of the book was at best annoying and at worst required me to stop and talk myself into continuing. As I suggested above, I’m glad I did.

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  • 07-23-22

A valuable contribution

This book holds much wisdom and wonderful advice, but the narrator’s breathy voice annoyed me and I almost stopped reading on a few occasions (sorry. Subhadra). While already aware of many ideas and therapies, there was much more to learn and I am grateful or having listened to it all. 🙏🏼

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  • Mana Kate
  • 07-12-22

Loved it.

So many things mentioned here are my own feelings about the health and healing industries. Best book.

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  • April
  • 05-27-22

Enlightening and affirming

Thank you Lisa… I look forward to listening to your other books. There’s much here to be considered and I’ll need to listen again and again… a wealth of knowledge.

I’m buoyed that you as an allopath became open minded and that you embrace holistic healing. You offer hope for the future of humans on Earth. Thank you.
Namaste