Body Intelligence: A New Paradigm

Are you walking through life relying on rational thinking and half-baked ideas as our guide? You have been blessed with much more than just a brain. You have body intelligence.

Are you in touch with your “body-mind” function?

The Nautilus Award winning book Body Intelligence: A New Paradigm
is a clear and refreshing book that may help you get out of the old rut of thinking only with your brain.

But, isn’t that what our brains are for? “Not so!” says Dr. Mayfield.

Dr. Mayfield has cracked the code on the mysteries of how the body and mind (actually a body-mind) function together. It is as if they are one organ rather than two separate parts of our body.

Embrace a new old paradigm in self-awareness and thought.

Dr. John L.Mayfield’s work published in his book Body Intelligence: A New Paradigm is the winner of the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in Body, Mind, Spirit.

In this rare video interview Dr. Mayfield discusses in depth:

  • his “body-mind code”
  • how he cracked the code
  • And why he felt compelled to share the code with the world in his book.

“Body Intelligence will help us get out of the old rut of thinking only with our brain.”

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with over 3000 years of experience has remained one of the many fascinating areas in ancient Chinese culture. It is believed to have been practiced as early as 475 to 221 BC and documented in the Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Medicine.

Elements theory is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body.

Dr. Mayfield explains how the Chinese “five element” physiology is different from western medical physiology and why this knowledge is a key to cracking the body-mind code.

Like Yin Yang theory, and Six Qi theory, Five Element theory is one of the very early, and still one of the very core, concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. These five elements are basically a man-made system designed to help us understand natural processes and relationships. Each element has a series of correspondences that guide the practitioner in understanding which relationships are at play.

Dr. Mayfield mixes his extensive research on this ancient knowledge with modern medicine for a new paradigm in complete healing of the mind, body, and soul; “body-mind.” And, in the process, Dr. John Mayfield “cracks the code.”

Learn more about Dr. John L. Mayfield and his scientific work.


Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kat O'Keefe-Kanavos
Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is the award-winning author of Surviving Cancerland, and co-author of Dreams That Can Save Your Life. She’s a three-time cancer survivor, and co-publisher/editor of WEBE Books Publishing. Her dreams diagnosed her illness as seen on Dr. Oz, Doctors, NBC News, American Express Open, in Newspapers and magazines. She’s a Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, TV/Radio Host/Producer- Dreaming Healing on DV7Radio/TV Network, Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod™, Kat Kanavos Show, Internationally Syndicated Columnist in BIZCATALYST 360°, Dream Columnist in Positive Tribe Magazine, and Desert Health Magazine, Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach who taught Special Ed & Psychology @USF, and Lecturer who promotes patient advocacy and Spiritual guidance. She is co-author to the inspiring books; Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change and Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. I’ve been a big mind-body person for a long time. Before I knew about the Chinese 5 Elements, I learn about the work of Dr. John Diamond who worked with the mind-body connection through kinesiology. Also, hypnosis is another way of gaining insight into this relationship for healing. This is important information that we need to continue to get out to the public. Thanks for sharing.

    • I Love the idea of hypnosis as another way of gaining insight into healing. I used meditation, which is a close cousin, to help me through breast cancer treatment. Thanks for your comment Joyce.

    • Yes. Both Dr. Diamond and I utilize Dr. Goodhart’s work in applied kinesiology. Each organ has a group of muscles that make the electrical energy that particular organ uses to function normally. This information makes the body so much easier to fathom.

    • Dr. Mayfield, as the guest of the VIDEO interview, thank you for taking the time to share more of your insights with us. They are amazing.

  2. An interesting post, Kathleen, thanks for sharing. In the ancient Ayurveda system we do believe in the interaction of the 5 Elements or Panchvatattva as we call it. Knowing that modern science is now discovering and recognizing what has been known to Eastern ancients!

    • Hi Vatsala, I so agree with you, it is nice to see modern medicine now discovering and recognizing what has been known to the ancient world. It is a bit like “Back to the Future.” Thanks for your comment.

    • The five elements of Ayurveda are a little different from The classical Chinese five elements of wood (liver & gallbladder), fire (heart and small intestine), earth (stomach, spleen and pancreas), metal (lung and large intestine) and water (kidneys and bladder). Each organ has its principle emotions, like anger for the liver, resentment for the gallbladder and so on.

    • Dr. Mayfield thank you for sharing the difference between the five elements of the Ayurveda and the classical Chinese five elements, and sharing more information with us. It is amazing to me how each organ has its own emotions.

    • Often a patient is so caught up in their own drama about the distraught feelings, but not actually feeling the feelings. By getting in touch with the feelings, which seem so out of control at the time, most of their pain dissolves as they are actually feeling those feelings.

    • Hmmmm, Dr. Mayfield. That is a mindful to chew on but I can see the deep wisdom in those words. Thanks for sharing.

    • Marquita, Thanks so much for your comments and insights. I really enjoyed doing the interview with Dr. John Mayfield, and am pleased to see him on the site here to leave his own comments.)

    • The five elements is the most accurate diagnostic system in the world. I don’t do acupuncture with needles, but I do use it to understand patient’s consciousness issues.

    • The way you described using the 5 elements as an accurate diagnostic system with your patients in the VIDEO interview attached to this article was astounding Dr. Mayfield. Thanks for checking in with us periodically and sharing more information.

    • Dr. John Mayfield, Thank you so much for sharing your expertise on this subject as the author of the book being explored in this VIDEO interview. As you can see Dr. Mayfield, many other people agree with you. Thanks again for sharing your comment.

    • Dr. Mayfield, anytime you check in is a perfect time. Your professional experience and comments are most welcomed.

    • Larry, How wonderful that your martial arts teacher taught this to the class. Amazing!Thanks so much for your comment.