Tapestry | Oct 2, 2011 | 54:00
When Mind and Medicine Meet
This week on Tapestry, host Mary Hynes explores the unpredictable places where mind and medicine meet. We’re not talking about miraculous healings at the shrines of saints. Sometimes these things happen in more subtle ways. Abby Sher tells Mary what happened when praying became part of her obsessive compulsive disorder. Alastair Cunningham – immunologist, psychologist and cancer survivor -- says that while surgery probably saved his life, meditation played no small part in his healing. And after a paralyzing stroke, artist John Newman lost the only thing he says makes life worth living – his ability to draw. Now he is using sheer willpower to get it back.