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What’s in an Affirmation

Cardiologist Mimi Guarneri, MD, goes to the heart of words and breath.

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Fifteen years ago, at the age of 70, Harry came in for an appointment because he was experiencing shortness of breath. I did a full evaluation, including a coronary angiogram to look inside his arteries. I told Harry that I thought it would be best if he had a bypass. Harry asked, “Bypass?” I replied, “Yes, open-heart surgery.” Harry looked at me and said, “Dr. G., I am not having a bypass. I have things to do. I have six bunny rabbits at home that I have to feed, and every Friday, I have to meet my friends to fly my model planes. I’m not having a bypass.” And then he added, “Dr. G., I do not need a bypass. My heart is fine.” I stepped back a bit. Eventually, I thought, I will talk Harry into this surgery. So I took his angiogram to what we call Cardiology Conference, and I had the angiogram reviewed by my colleagues. And 20 out of 20 cardiologists in the room agreed that Harry needed a bypass. So when Harry came back to see me, I said, “Harry, the entire committee, every cardiologist we have, says you need a bypass. And I agree.” Again, he disagreed, and again, I could feel his conviction. He was not …

Adapted from 108 Pearls to Awaken Your Healing Potential, by Mimi Guarneri, MD. Published by Hay House.

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