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Dr. Cynthia Lee had several mysterious and debilitating symptoms arise and she spent several years forging a path to healing in her conversation with Dr Hyman Dr Lee shared how tapping into her own intuition played a key role in her recovery. And it's just amazing the kinds of things that that people can recover from. And now you've written this great book brave new medicine which is a really fabulous story about how you as a physician understood that. There's a different way to heal your illnesses and your autoimmune disease and all this weird nonsense that we don't know how to deal with in medicine. It was a strange sense that because I understood chronic diseases I mean I was an internist. After all an expert in chronic diseases that was somehow immune to it had. I known about Functional Medicine or even integrative medicine at the time it would have been a much smoother path but I because I had to rebuild the paradigm from the bottom up in order to even get there It took me many more years. Oh how did you come out of it so The first thing I did was I went back to basics. And so I didn't you know I I did secondly just start seeing an acupuncturist or start. You know trying energy medicine or anything. That's really alternative. I was like okay. No I'm Dr off of crystals. No Oh God. Meditation was like like pulling teeth so I went back to basics. What I ended up doing also was distancing myself from the diagnosis and the prognosis. Because it was more despairing those are the name of your disease isn't the cause of your disease right. Exactly this Oughta know me. It just means your nervous system isn't working syndrome. Just injured tired all the time. Tell you why when my thyroid is out of whack. It wasn't just. My thyroid was my whole hormone system which is tied then to the digestive system which is tied to an immune system like it suddenly started making thighbone right exactly connected to the brain which is actually amazing medicine that our entire training teaches us the opposite that there's all these organ systems right tech the GI system and the liver and the lungs and the brain and the hard and the home. And you go to specialist for every different part. You and nobody connects the dots right. It felt very overwhelming And so that's when I ended up I I actually I. I did and you know I had an unconventional navigator was. We had a visit from some friends of ours who ended up staying with US and We had known them for years that they'd never stayed with us and we knew that the wife Pia was Was also clairvoyant. And she said I can teach you how to develop intuition which I had never heard of. I did not know that intuition was something like music or art like you can develop it. Yeah you can practice it. And she was very pragmatic about it and she said No. This isn't mean you're going to be clairvoyant right but it just means that you can learn to to open this other side of your brain that has probably been closed off for a long time because of your training and your upbringing so I So she taught me how to do that Well she me what I needed to do. To begin to practice to open up to that and a lot of it was it was so basic a lot of it was just silencing my analytical mind and being in my body the second part was the well actually they were both really hard they were both really hard silence analytical. Mind being in my body because my body was so uncomfortable and so she said you know you can only heal something that you are connected to. Here's something you're detached from So that was healing on multiple levels. Both that I had to inhabit my body which was probably one of the biggest Steps in terms of healing not being afraid of it but going into it and then also learning how to read sensations for messages and not just symptoms that. We're making me miserable. Yeah always say the smartest doctor. The room is your own body. If you listen to it absolutely and I really learned to use intuition to guide me like how do I choose? What TO DO Is this the right diet for me? is gluten. Really something that I can return to something that I really need to stay off strictly so It began to it. May that navigation much easier for me and And it's something that I encourage my patients to you know to develop if they're interested. It's it's simple. It just takes a lot of repetition and quite listening. There are tools waiting within all of us that can help improve multiple states of disease. We just have to open ourselves up to them and be willing to dig deeper. Dr Hyman further explored how we can begin this process and cultivate greater soft love and his conversation with Dr Andrew. Pennington you might. Here's something when you start to tune into your body and say well. What is that pain associated with? Well it's because you're over working or because you were hanging out with those people that you know you don't have any business hanging out with like you start to get underneath the chatter and underneath the symptoms and the pain to the deeper meaning and that only comes the more that you're willing to listen and face it Mussa research study. I'm sure you know about this. Were were they had people journal for. Twenty minutes a day not like I went to the store and bought milk. But what's going on underneath? What's really up below in their hearts and their minds or souls and they just twenty minutes a day it was a randomized controlled trial where they looked at people who just wrote about whatever they did that day versus what recently deep inside and these people rheumatoid arthritis and asthma. They got better on objective measures over the course of three six months. Which is kind of bizarre. I mean how can you regulate asthma rheumatoid arthritis which are quote Real Diseases? Which people suffer from it? How do you do that with just writing in your journal? And that's the power of this process and I think that's a really important piece that that is is hard to do people. Actually I think don't know how to write what's inside. They don't even know how to listen to. What's inside? How do you get people to sort of begin to listen to that other higher self waste because there's a there's a unconscious voice that we can rant and rave and blame and not own and you're inviting people to do something quite different? Which is to listen to that other voice in your head. That's whispering maybe faintly. How do you get it to be loud and clear? Well I take people through an atonement meditation and in the beginning just like with the first step of the cornerstone process. I envy people to take five deep breaths and just become aware aware of whatever's going on so if there are thoughts if there is some little chatter even if it's the mean snarky chatter of self judgement or it's your laundry list or all the things you've forgotten. Just become aware of it without judging it and let it pass without grabbing hold and going down the rabbit hole with these thoughts and as we invite people to do this we we asked him to only start with like eight minutes a day because of course the studies show that you can literally impact your brain and eight minutes go. We lead people through this atonement meditation process which starts off with allowing anything that comes up to just be without judgment and then we start to tune into what would it feel like if there was a loving presence that said it was okay but said you know what you are feeling like. Everyone's taken advantage of you. I'm so sorry you're going through that What if that compassionate presence was just saying I see that and I'm here for you So that inner critic and exactly and again you might still be in the. This isn't fair. That's okay but if you can invite compassion in little by little you'll start to feel that compassion towards yourself and as we tune into the compassion that is typically when people are willing to like let go of a little of the intense ego struggle of. This should be my way or this shouldn't be happening and it's like well. What if we opened up our mind and said okay whatever's best. Let me be guided by that. As Dr Hyman regularly says our body is the smartest doctor in the room in order to hear what is telling us we have to take time to meditate reflect and practice self love these tools at our disposal anytime of day. We just need to utilize