Dr. Jeffrey Rediger’s research into the spontaneous remission or healing of incurable medical illness has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. So, our Zarrow Symposium attendees were eager to hear his thoughts on incorporating spirituality into mental health treatment.
Once people return to their communities after two days spent at the Zarrow Symposium, this is what Dr. Rediger hopes they remember most.
“The key point from the research I do on spontaneous remission is that every one of us matters more than we have a clue about, and that we’re not nearly as alone as we often think that we are,” he said. “We often live with the results of suffering. We don’t understand the dignity and the magnificence of what we have inside of us.”
As for what he would tell a mental health professional about how to help someone they serve, Dr. Rediger said, “I think the clients and the clinicians need to know that there’s far more right with us, than there is “wrong” with us. And we must build all of our treatment approaches on that.”
Check out a few of Dr. Rediger’s inspirational quotes:
- “Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is a state of optimal well-being.”
- “Achieving wellness goes beyond physical, emotional and mental health.”
- “Spiritual wellness and fulfillment is an integral part of being human, and contributes to resilience and one ’s ability to flourish.”
- “Spirituality is recognized as a factor that contributes to health in many persons. The concept of spirituality is found in all cultures and societies. It is expressed in an individual’s search for ultimate meaning through participation in religion and/or belief in God, family, naturalism, rationalism, humanism and the arts. All these factors can influence how patients and health care professionals perceive health and illness and how they interact with one another.”
- Chronic diseases, coupled with productivity losses, cost the U.S. economy more than $1 trillion annually. Modest reductions in unhealthy behaviors could prevent or delay 40 million cases of chronic illness each year. We need an approach that doesn’t just tinker at the edges of traditional ways of thinking, but that helps us think in new ways about the nature of health and healing.”
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