Hello you! We made it! Today it’s 2024. So here is your annual reminder:
Your body is completely new inside and out every few years.
All of your organs (except for one) completely regenerates, repairs, and optimizes on a continuous basis.
- Some parts of your body are so fresh and new that they are only one day old… the cornea of your eye, for example. Your cornea can completely regenerate every 24 hours.
- Some parts are a little older… the lining of your intestines, for example, are about 3 days old.
- Your skin is about 1 month old.
- Your fingernails have completely grown out and replaced themselves in about 6 months.
- Your taste buds are only 10 days old when they get replaced.
- Your liver regenerates every 5 months.
- Your lungs are renewed every two years.
- Even your bones, the support system of your body, is on a 10 year replacement program.
“When we meet a friend we have not seen for six months
there is not one molecule in his face which was there when we last saw him.”
— Harold Saxton Burr
There is only one organ system that sticks with you for your entire lifetime: your brain. Nervous tissue is the slowest to repair, does not increase in cell quantity and declines in cell quantity over time.
Of course there are plenty of things you can do to stimulate new adaptations and promote brain health, as I’ve outlined for you over the years in free healing articles such as:
- A Super Easy Way To Support Your Brain Health That You Can Do Right Now
- Moving Your Body Helps Your Brain Function Better, Immediately. Here’s How
- A Medical Study Reveals How To Boost Circulation To Your Brain, In 12 Minutes Flat:
- When You Are Doing Something Meaningful, Your Brain Works Better
- What Happens To The Human Brain During EMF Exposures
- How To Age-Proof Your Brain (plus 12 more medically proven anti-aging tips)
- A Supplement So Good For The Brain It Can Prevent Psychosis
But for the most part, the brain you have now is the brain you will always have. Here’s the thing though… your brain is the one you will always have, but your thinking doesn’t have to be the same thoughts that you’ve always had. That’s the power we have over our brains — although we might not get a new brain, we can certainly think new thoughts, form new neuronal pathways, develop new habits, and improve our brain’s health.
Every other part of your body has the ability to be made anew and replaced many many times in your lifetime. So that means that you can and will outgrow old health conditions and it is up to you to let your mainframe evolve with your healing.
So the next time you get frustrated with your body… the next time you curse your bad posture or your sensitive stomach or your ingrown toenail or your seasonal allergies… just remember: those tissues in your body are literally in the process of being replaced right now!
The only thing you are carrying with you, decade after decade isn’t that red blood cell (lifespan of about 4 months) or that stomach lining (lifespan of about 2 days) or that skin cell (lifespan of about 3 weeks)… it is the way you feel about your body and the thoughts you think about it.
So I write this post today, right as we start off a brand new year, so that you can give yourself a chance to open to the fact that the conditions you have now are not the conditions you need to be saddled with forever. The health reality you are dealing with right now at this very moment has the potential to shift and change and release.
Because your body is literally a self-healing machine, capable of fully replacing itself, it is worth being very aware of the thoughts you think about your body, and the baseline narrative of your brain… which is the only part of you that you need to be carrying with you in 10 years time.
So here is where a healing mantra comes in.
Recent medical studies have proven that simply repeating a mantra can help trauma patients recover from PTSD even better than traditional talk therapy. I blog about that for you here.
Based on the fact that your body is a self-renewing machine, literally divinely designed to renew itself around the clock, the best healing mantra you can gift yourself is to be open to this renewal.
If there was one sentence I would want you to say to yourself every single day, all year long, it would be this:
“I am open to what is possible.”
As simple as that.
I am open to what I am experiencing now, but I am also open to what is possible for it to transform into.
What is possible is where your healing lies.
What you feel is possible for you defines exactly how far you can go with your healing.
You can only go as far as you feel is possible for you to go, so let’s start 2024 off reminding ourselves:
- You are always full of healing potential… always.
- No one can tell you what is true for your body or your health… so don’t let anyone have that kind of power.
- Conventional medicine can be helpful in troubleshooting and treating illness and disease but is absolutely not yet fully equipped to help you maximize health and wellness.
- For maximizing your own health, you have an incredible and unlimited potential.
The way the current medical model is set up is to test and report the outcome of a medication or a surgical procedure or a health intervention, and to use these statistics as the standard of care.
I’m very familiar with the scientific method of research not only through keeping on top of the current scientific literature to as a physician, but also because growing up as the daughter of one of the lead scientists at the National Institutes of Health… I grew up attending international scientific meetings literally since I could walk. I then went on to join a laboratory at the National Cancer Institute throughout my college years where we conducted leukemia research. I then went on to go through medical school and now 24+ years of working as a physician.
And with my experience in both laboratory medicine and clinical medicine, what I can tell you is: while medical advances can be incredible awesome, the current medical model can also be incredibly limiting. I talk a bit more about how our current medical model creates some limitations in your treatment plan in a recent video here on adverse medication reactions:
Here’s the basic set up:
A study collects data on a group of people — half of who get the drug (or surgery/intervention/etc…) and half who receive placebo or act as a control in a double blinded study. The results are collected, which basically tell us what the outcome was for this particular group of people at this particular point in time in this particular location and with this particular modality.
Your doctor reads this and then sees you in his or her office. When you are diagnosed with an illness, your doctor reviews the current standard of practice for that disease and based on these studies he tells you some statistics that are likely for you if you take this medicine or have that procedure done.
While this can be incredibly helpful, even life saving (after all, four years ago my appendix ruptured and I would not be alive today without the experience of conventional medicine in how to repair my body. My surgeon said I was about 2 hours away from dying, since I ignored my appendix rupture for so long! Gah!) this also does come with an unintentional side effect: by using the medical literature as standard of care, your doctor unknowingly limits your healing potential with what has been most probable, in the past, for others.
And while knowing these statistics and outcomes can be helpful when faced with medical decision making, many times, these statistics are frightening, scary, and deflating. And even when the statistic or intervention offered has favorable odds of working, you are now being defined and limited by what is standard, what is probable, and what happened in the past to others.
What this model of healthcare never ever allows for is *POSSIBILITY*.
It never shows you what is POSSIBLE FOR YOU. It brings you down to a common denominator but it never lifts you up and reveals to you the unlimited healing potential of your body.
Every cell in your body has unlimited potential to heal. What we do in modern medicine right now is collect data from around the world on what we are limited to, on what is probable. But what we should be doing is scouring the entire world to find all the anecdotal evidence, all the case reports, all the best outcomes, all of the miracles that happen all over the world every single day, in every sort of condition, in every type of person, with every intervention ever dreamed up… and studying THOSE.
We should be finding out WHY some folks heal fully, why some invite miracles, why some never get a disease in the first place, why some are predicted to have a very poor outcome and they fully heal anyway, why some outlive life expectancies by double, triple, quadruple the prediction.
Because these experiences, of people getting the illness that YOU HAVE and surviving and thriving and fully healing from it are PROOF of what is POSSIBLE!
Ideally in the future physicians can look through the medical literature like an encyclopedia, filled with all kinds of beautiful outcomes from all kinds of amazing interventions and treatments… both holistic and conventional… and to go through this information together with their patients as an idea book of what is possible! And together, come up with a treatment plant that feels right to that specific patient.
There are many paths to healing and you can align with any one of them! Or many of them! You can do multiple healing things simultaneously, and the process of healing should be uplifting and a relief… not a battlefield.
In 2024, keep your mind and heart open to possibility. Because if healing has happened to even one other person, than for sure it’s been proven: It can happen. It has happened. And it can happen to you too.
Anything is possible! Anything!
I don’t want the standard of care to be that we sit a patient down and look at the spectrum of outcomes in the past and we limit our patient’s future healing by overlaying what happened to others onto them.
I want physicians to sit their patient down to look at the spectrum of WHAT IS POSSIBLE in healing, and lay out all the possible paths back to Wellness for them, and together reach for THAT.
That’s what health care should be! A journey back to Wellness!
Visiting a doctor should be a wonderful uplifting experience, a chance to get all kinds of healing support, possibilities, inspiration and ideas collected from the medical literature from all over the world offered to us by someone who is our healing advocate. Ideally we would walk away from every doctor’s appointment feeling full of possibility.
So… the next time your physician talks to you about a treatment plan and gives you outcome percentages and probabilities, just remember: this is simply a mass marketed number. It doesn’t tell you what is possible with this condition and it doesn’t tell you what is possible for you. I think if we can shift the medical literature from Probable to Possible we’d experience a shift in the well-being of people everywhere.
And today it starts with you. Your 2024 healing mantra?
“I am open to what is possible.”
Repeat this often.
Look into a mirror, gaze directly into your own eyes, feel the presence of the YOU that is living inside of your body, and tell yourself out loud:
“I am open to what is possible.”
Want a different mantra? Here is my second favorite one:
“I am at home in my body.”
I tell you why this mantra is such a powerful one as well in this free healing article here. I even have a video for you in that article where I repeat this mantra “I am at home in my body” three times for you so we can do the healing work together, right here and now.
Pick whichever healing mantra works best for you and let’s have a wonderful, ever expanding and upleveling 2024 together!
Laura Koniver MD