How to have a healing mindset


“Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

– Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu (604 BC-531 BC) author of the Tao Te Ching (Book of The Way)

At first glance, the Beat Autoimmune Healing Manifesto may seem overwhelming, especially if you assume you have to do it all at once. Don’t worry! This is not an all-or-nothing situation. You didn’t get sick overnight, and healing will take time. Autoimmune conditions result from poor lifestyle habits and toxic environmental exposures that occur over time — sometimes a lifetime.

There is no quick fix, pill or injection that is going to address all the reasons you got sick. But, you can reverse your autoimmune conditions. Many people have done it – including me – and you can too.

The first step is to know that you can, and the next step is to decide that you will. I’ll help you with the how-to”.

Healing is a mind-body-spirit adventure, and it starts with one step. While your healing may not require a “1000-mile journey,” it does require you to take that first step…and then the next. Before too long, you’ll create the momentum that will have you energetically embracing the journey and accelerating time to your most vibrant life.

Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

– Henry Ford

Embrace a Healing Mindset

A healing mindset includes your reasons for living – or better yet, thriving, your personal commitment to yourself, and strong connections.

1. Know Your Why

When it comes to beating the odds of a chronic disease like cancer, researcher and author Kelly Turner, Ph.D., found that one common trait of survivors and thrivers was having strong reasons for living. Your reasons for living inspire and keep you motivated, even when you are feeling low. If you can’t identify your “Why”, ask a close friend or therapist to help.

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    What's Your Why?

    Answer the question, “What or who do you live for?” And who else, or what else?

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    What's in Your Future?

    Answer the question: “When you think about the future, what do you look forward to?”

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    What's On Your List?

    What have you always wanted to do, or dreamed of doing “someday?” Use your imagination.  Start a “bucket list” (experiences or achievements that you hope to have or accomplish during your lifetime).

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    Have a conversation about this with a good friend or someone you trust.

Do not outsource your health.

— Walter Bortz, II, MD

2. Accept Responsibility

The only thing that ever has healed or cured anyone is their own immune system. No one else can cure or heal you. Your top job is to unburden your immune system so it can do its job optimally. 

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    Appoint Yourself CEO of YOU

    You don’t have to have all the answers, but you do have to take charge. Consider hiring a practitioner who will address the root causes of your disorder(s). Choose a practitioner whose title includes “Functional Medicine,” “Naturopath (ND),” “Doctor of Osteopathy (DO,” or “Integrative.“ If you’re in the U.S. and want a powerful healing team of Naturopathic Doctor + Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach to help you reverse autoimmunity faster, book a 30-minute discovery call to gain clarity, confidence, and an action plan.

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    Empower Yourself

    Know your power. Genes are only responsible for 5 – 10% of your health outcomes. 90+% is lifestyle related. The relatively new science of epigenetics demonstrates that your lifestyle choices influence which genes get expressed, and which don’t. That means YOU are in the driver’s seat, not your genes. This website is dedicated to helping you make healthy choices for complete autoimmune recovery. For empowering science, stories, and strategies, read (or listen to) my book, Beat Autoimmune (foreword by Mark Hyman, MD).

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    Reframe Autoimmune Outcomes

    Autoimmune disorders are reversibleeven curable! The word “cure” means to restore to balance. Conventional (allopathic), western medical doctors receive little or no education in nutrition or healthy lifestyle habits in medical school, so they may not have all of the information you need.

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    Can you find the gift in your illness? What if instead of this happening to you it’s happening for you? Symptoms are just messages from your body letting you know something is out of balance. What do you think your body is saying?

Love is the most powerful healing energy.

3. Cultivate Connection on Every Level

Research shows that strong social connections are more beneficial to longevity and healing than diet, exercise, stopping drinking alcohol & smoking.1 Friends and family might be the best insurance policy around!

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    Just Sit

    Just one minute of peace, stillness or gratitude can calm your nervous system. This calm state is where healing takes place. Come back to this healing place as often as possible.

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    Get More Hugs

    Aim for 3 hugs a day. Animals count too. You’ll get bathed in oxytocin, the healing love and bonding hormone and so will your pet! Don’t have a pet or another human? Hug yourself. Seriously. Studies show self-hugs increase feelings of comfort and safety while lowering pain and anxiety.

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    Trust Yourself

    Your intuition is often smarter than your thinking brain. That “gut feeling” may know exactly what you need to heal way before your mind does. Get still and listen to the small but powerful voice inside you. What do you know you need to do?

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    Find a Meetup group or start a healing circle to be with other positive people, even online who seek healing and connection.

Healing Mindset Action Summary

  1. Know your “North Star” – your primary motivation for healing.
  2. Empower yourself, educate yourself, and enlist the support of a root cause doctor.
  3. Cultivate connections – with yourself, your loved ones, and your higher power.

So now that you have the how; it’s time to take a step. What will your first step be?

Take good care!

P.S. Want my help accelerating time to your best life? The starting point is a 30-minute discovery call with me. April S. wrote, “Working with Palmer changed my and my family’s lives. I just celebrated six years without a single MS symptom. If I could beat MS you can too!”

Image Credit: Galen Crout


  1. Hi Palmer, my daughter has Devic’s disease. Can this be helped. Conventional Western Medicine saved her life. The doctors tell me there is no cure. Can only some Autoimmune diseases be reversed and others not? My daughter’s immune system creates an antigen B cell that destroys her healthy tissue. It’s already damaged her brain and spinal cord. So many naturopaths, not many in California where we live seem to offer help with her type of diagnosis. All I know is the RX meds eventually will do her in. I am a mom on a mission to cure my child.

    • Hi Cindy,

      My understanding is that Devic’s Disease is an autoimmune condition that affects the optic nerve, and mimics MS.
      YES this can be reversed, just as any of the 140+ autoimmune conditions can be reversed. You have to find her root causes, remove them and heal her gut.
      Please find a functional or integrative medicine doc (see my Resources page) and educate yourself about the steps. You might like my article on reversing autoimmune conditions:

      Take good care and keep me posted!

  2. MTHFR Homozygous 677T diagnosis. upon researching, it seems that the major issues with this condition is not being able to detoxify properly. Hence, why I also have Fatty Liver, some heavy metal toxicity (cadmium, mercury), H Pylori years ago, on and off cervical dysplasia, lack of energy, low grade depression, anxiety. Any thoughts??

    • Hi Maribel,

      Sounds like you’ve done good research and testing. My thoughts are that there are many paths into autoimmune conditions and they all must be addressed. Broadly speaking, the big categories are food, stress, toxins, infections and leaky barriers (especially the gut) + any genetic constraints like detoxification. How are you doing now? Thanks very much!

  3. I have MS and I have also been told Lyme and do not detox easily. My problems started in my gut at the age of 27 when I had the most horrible acid reflux ever. From my research…we are loaded with bad bacteria and viruses so I have changed my way of eating and eat mostly raw foods and I am currently getting IV ozone where they take your blood out and mix it with ozone and put it back. This not only kills virus and bacteria, but also give your body more oxygen that it needs. I also purchased sn infrared sauna which penetrates deep into the skin and removes toxins through sweat. Also there are two natural antibiotics. Olive leaf extract and oil of oregano that help kill off these viruses and bacteria and I will be starting that soon as well ?


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