Episode #35 The Power of Language in Healing with Steve Bierman, MD

Body of Wonder Podcast
Would you consider communication a key factor in the healing process? According to our guest, words matter, and language can reach beyond the conscious mind to activate the body’s healing response.

Emergency medicine physician, Dr. Steve Bierman joins Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Victoria Maizes to discuss how language, and the power of suggestion can serve as positive or negative influences on our health.

Dr. Bierman challenges caregivers to choose words wisely and harness the power of communication when treating patients.
Using examples from his practice, Bierman demonstrates how carefully chosen language can ease pain and yield lasting health outcomes.
His approach blends humanism, hypnosis, and neurolinguistics with conventional medicine.

In this conversation, Drs. Weil, Maizes, and Bierman discuss hypnosis, the placebo effect, proper informed consent, patients’ belief systems, and why communication should be taught in medical schools.

Please note, the show will not advise, diagnose, or treat medical conditions. Always seek the advice of your physician or healthcare provider for questions regarding your health.

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Andrew Weil, MD and Victoria Maizes, MD


Steve Bierman

Steve Bierman, M.D. received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his doctorate from Northwestern University, School of Medicine. After completing his Family Practice residency at UCSD, he worked nearly 20 years as a board-certified Emergency Physician at Scripps Memorial Hospital, in Encinitas, California. He is the founder of two medical device companies and holds over 200 utility patents on various medical devices. Dr. Bierman is a avid surfer and lives in Del Mar, California with his wife Dianne and their three pugs.
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