Cultivating Self-Love and Positive Body Image

listening to your body

Today, I have the great pleasure of being the host on Day 3 of Clifton Meador’s Virtual Blog Tour.

Clifton’s book Fascinomas is celebrating its launch from February 17th to March 3rd, 2014.

Clifton K. Meador, MD has a gift for filtering through tales and ‘can you beat this one’ stories that are passed around doctors’ lounges and operating rooms and coming up with succinct but extremely entertaining stories.  A ‘fascinoma’, as Meador defines, is medical slang for an unusually interesting medical case. He has gleaned and collected and curated 35 such cases from his own experience and the experiences of colleagues who have given permission to re-tell their own blockbusters. Each case is reads like a short story – the presentation of a strange set of symptoms, the initial response of the examining doctor(s), gradual revelation of further symptoms (sometimes via revealed secrets from the presenting patient), and the final diagnosis. Clifton’s mantra is: “There is not a medical diagnosis or a defined disease behind every chronic symptom; but there is a demonstrable cause if you listen and search carefully.”

Yesterday Clifton visited Jean Adrienne’s ‘InnerSpeak Soul Adventures’ blog at

Today, I’d like to share with you a recent interview I had with Clifton when I got to ask him some questions about the two broad categories for stressors in the body and how stressful relationships can effect us physically. I hope you enjoy it.


ROBYN:  Can you please tell us more about the two broad categories of stressors to the body?

CLIFTON: I think the two broad stressors are:

  1. People and relationships

  2. Physical substances ingested, inhaled, or by skin contact.

I am assuming the patient has recurring symptoms and does not know the cause. I suggest a daily diary listing the symptom severity, time and place with a listing of who was present, who was in his/her thoughts, food taken in, air and environs. We are looking for correlations between the patient and the surroundings. I have had a patient have chronic diarrhea from working with a bad boss, relieved by changing job and a woman with many symptoms cured by a divorce. I have also seen people with symptoms from an insecticide spray, people with sensitivity to blue cheese salad, and others to inhaling a drying dust from their clothing. The causes are hidden from conscious memory; becoming aware and taking action is often curative. Awareness is essential.

ROBYN: What can we learn by learning to listen to our bodies? What is it we’re listening for?

CLIFTON: The body has a remarkable signaling system. We know it best from its pain signals. Those don’t take much listening since pain sends a strong signal. Tension and strain are more subtle. Daily deep meditation where the body is set at nearly zero tension is both preventative for stress and tension as well as a method to locate tension. Something in the daily life is producing tension, so paying attention (i.e. “listening”) brings it into awareness. My favorite questions to patients with chronic symptoms are; what are you doing in your life that you should stop doing? And what are you not doing in your life that you should start doing? These can produce deep searches and enable corrections.

ROBYN: What can having toxic and stressful relationships at home or at work do to our bodies?

CLIFTON:  All sorts of symptoms can appear. The old wives tales are so true: he gives me a headache; she is a pain in the butt; he makes me want to throw up. I saw a patient whose demanding boss was causing her to have high blood pressure, cured by confronting the boss about his excessive demands on her. I saw another who had multiple symptoms relieved by a divorce from an abusive husband. People can make us sick if we let them. Again, awareness is the key and the first step to taking corrective actions.


I hope you enjoyed this brief interview with Dr. Clifton Meador Fascinomas – fascinating medical mysteries is Clifton’s 13th book on medical matters. The response to True Medical Detective Stories led him to collect and write the 35 cases in Fascinomas. In Fascinomas, all of the clinical facts are completely true – the story of the illness, all lab work, all imaging studies, and the physical exam findings. If you are intrigued by the curative power of listening and engaging the patient and the family in searching for clues, especially when the symptoms are chronic and recurring – pick up Fascinomas. You can find the book on Amazon at:

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Be sure to follow him tomorrow when the next stop on his Virtual Blog Tour is Krystalya Marie’s ‘Empowered Spirit Insights’ blog at She will be interviewing Clifton on the how a person’s core beliefs relate to Placebo and Nocebo effects, and the facial expressions of the 7 basic emotions.