The inner mind can provide a shield of protection against COVID-19

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Valley News - Health

Dr. Pamela Winkler
President of St. John’s University 

If people are told they may have to live with the coronavirus pandemic for months or even years until there is a successful vaccine, what can they do to be more proactive and better protect themselves? 

According to Dr. Pamela Winkler, president of St. John’s University, educational psychologist and co-author of “Mind Medicine,” there is a lot people can do. “An important clue to being more proactive with COVID-19 may explain so many people infected with COVID-19 experienced only slight symptoms or no symptoms at all. Those individuals had a strong enough immune system that provided a natural kind of immunity.” 

Winkler has worked successfully with thousands of private clients during the past 40 years to help them harness the power of their inner mind and improve all areas of their lives. 

Winkler said, “I believe the inner mind is nature’s perfect medicine. We just need to learn how to apply it.” 

People have known for a long time that stress weakens their immune system. Most people admit they worry several times a day about being infected by COVID-19, or worry that a loved one will be infected. Those who know someone who was sickened or who died from COVID-19, worry even more that they also will get it. The continuous stress and worry can severely weaken the immune system. 

“Every day in every way, my immune system is getting stronger and stronger!” Dr. Pamela Winkler, president of St. John’s University, said.

Certain populations have a high rate of underlying health factors. The Kaiser Foundation estimates that about 40% of the U.S. population have underlying risk factors that puts them at increased risk for COVID-19 infection. 

According to Winkler, “The thoughts we think and the words we say to others and to ourselves have a real impact on our health. In fact, our thoughts and words eventually create our reality.” 

As people wait impatiently for a safe and effective vaccine to be developed, manufactured and distributed to 8 billion people worldwide, healthy lifestyle choices at this time are critical to their well-being. Winkler encouraged people to be open to using the power of their own inner mind to help them more safely navigate through these challenging times. 

Winkler explained that it is because the mind-body connection is so well integrated, that a carefully worded suggestion can guide the inner mind to produce amazing self-healing in the body. An affirmation that Winkler believed can help is, “Every day in every way, my immune system is getting stronger and stronger.” For maximum effectiveness, she recommended that it be repeated a dozen times a day for at least 30 days in a row.

Millions of people are now free from the smoking habit, manage their weight, excel in sales or sports, overcome insomnia and eliminate migraine headaches with help from their inner mind. Apparently, there is no limit to what the power of the inner mind can do when it is properly guided. Let’s hope it is also possible to harness the inner mind to strengthen the immune system and provide a protective shield of armor against the coronavirus.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, “COVID-19 is not my first epidemic, but it is my worst nightmare. In four months, it has devastated the world, and it’s not over yet.”

Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research Policy and author of “Deadliest Enemy,” said, “We are in a war with this damn thing. This virus is now the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., even more than heart disease or cancer, but it has only infected about 5% of our population. It is not slowing down until it has infected 60-70% of our population and we have ‘herd immunity.’ So it will be around for some time yet.”

It is estimated that without a successful vaccine, approximately 800,000 to 1.6 million deaths will occur within the U.S. in the next 12 to 18 months. Have the states reopened their economies too soon? Are people getting tired of wearing face coverings and respecting physical distancing? It is alarming that over 20 states are once again experiencing a rising spike in hospital admissions with COVID-19 patients. 

Much of focus has naturally been on the alarming rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, as well as the coronavirus being 10 times more lethal than the flu. But could there be a clue to a possible silver lining in this health crisis? Why do 50% of those infected with COVID-19 experience only slight or no symptoms at all. It is only when they test positive for COVID-19, they are shocked to learn they had been infected but did not even know it. 

Winkler suggested, “When our thoughts turn to worry about COVID-19, we can replace that thought with our powerful affirmation instead, as we add layer after layer of protective armor all around us.” 

St. John’s University, located in Murrieta, has offered accredited distance learning certification and graduate degree programs in clinical hypnotherapy since 1970. For more information, visit

Pamela Winkler, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, clinical hypnotherapist and co-author of “Mind Medicine – the 40 Most Unusual Cases Out of 40,000 With Hypnosis.” She was inducted into the International Hypnosis Hall of Fame in 1992 and has served as president of St. John’s University since 1995.