Tomislav Ivančić, Minute for you, broadcast on June 5th 2018

Anthropological medicine began to develop sometime in the middle of the last century. Viktor von Weizsäcker tried to think about it. He realized that various diseases, such as cardiac and others, depend on some other causes, not just somatic, or physical. It was then that he discovered that we should talk about psychosomatic illnesses. Then he went further, but he skipped the third level of man, that is, he skipped man’s spiritual soul and came to faith, and he felt that by becoming a morally good man, mental issues were not resolved. Namely, they are under some other mechanisms. Then Arthur Jores tried to solve the matter by saying that 70% of psychophysical, that is, physical and mental illnesses, which are incurable on a psychosomatic level, cannot be treated because they are not natural diseases. These are therefore specifically human diseases, specifically anthropological. Jores tried to give a solution in that man finds the meaning of life. At that, the Viennese doctor of theology and doctor of medicine Mathias Beck tried to solve the matter, but he also stayed too long on the religious level or the level of faith.

Then I tried to think and realized that the spiritual soul is forgotten and that it should be understood that this is the organism by which man becomes man, that there are organs that, when they become sick, so to speak by conversion create psychophysical diseases, 70% of these diseases.

When a person believes, and the essence of the spirit is precisely that trust, faith, looking at the good, then he can, according to the placebo effect, cure 70% of his illnesses without taking medication. Or, when one believes in evil, in disease, in death, then the so-called nocebo effect occurs, which destroys 70% of one’s health. It is a completely new insight that is first revealed to us by the neuroscientific discipline that studied the brain, then by the philosophical disciplines, and then especially the biological disciplines with epigenetics and a host of other discoveries. But it is interesting that a multitude of scientists, a multitude of university professors still do not know this reality, do not know the truths that science has so surely discovered, and which have always stood in man.

Man is great only because he has a spiritual soul.

By his psyche, he is just an animal. By his biological soul, he is only a plant. According to the religious dimension, the Holy Spirit works in him; it is raising to the level of God’s nature. But what makes man specifically man is a spiritual soul. And since by the spiritual soul man is man, since the Greek name for man is anthropos, that is why we call the science of man anthropology. When we study anthropology, then we realize who man is and discover that he is a being who only stands towards God with his personality, but has countless of his organs such as intellect, life, conscience, reason, heart, character, consciousness, freedom, wholeness, transcendence, memory and remembrance, faith, hope, love, sexuality, creativity, and countless other organs. When these organs become ill, then the psychophysical organs also become ill. When we heal these organs, then we can successfully treat the psychophysical organs as well. Thus, 70% of diseases can be cured by healing the spiritual level.

In addition to all the previously mentioned scientists who tried to think about the so-called anthropological medicine, as a novelty I discovered and realized that there is a spiritual soul, that this spiritual soul has its whole organism, that this organism can be severely damaged, wounded, traumatized and sick, and that there are the causes of our most severe mental and physical illnesses. When we heal these spiritual organs, when we heal the spiritual soul and its organism, then we set the conditions that psychophysical diseases can be cured. It is that novelty. I see anthropological medicine in that.

When we think that way, then we finally come to one good news, “Man, now it becomes nice to be man!”

When you think of the good, you become good and healthy; when you think negatively, you destroy yourself, you become sick, mortal, traumatized. In other words, they are finally clearly recognized today in scientific discovery: on the one hand, diseases of the psyche and body, and on the other, diseases of the spiritual soul, as well as the religious life of man, and that is one whole. Neuroscience has revealed: if I think, speak, act negatively, then one can see how the cells of our brain are being destroyed. When I do good, think good, speak good, one can notice how brain cells regenerate. It is a great discovery.

In other words, moral life is not some alienation, oh no! In other words, religious life is the supreme life of man, not alienation as materialism thought. Suddenly we realize that man is a whole and that he contains in himself both heaven and earth; the spiritual dimension of the earth, the psychic dimension, like animals, plants and the material world. It is all in man. 

And then we feel how good it is to be man and how man is the only thing that should be worked on: to heal him and everything will be healthy.

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Tomislav Ivančić (EJ)
He was born in Davor in 1938. After studying philosophy and theology in Zagreb and Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Zagreb Archdiocese in 1966. After achieving a master's degree in philosophy and a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he returned to Zagreb in 1971, where he became a professor at the Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Zagreb. He is the head of the Chair of Fundamental Theology, and was one of the editors of the Theological Review. Areas of his scientific work are philosophy, theology and literature. He explores the relationship between philosophy and theology, faith and science, atheism and religiosity, revelation and faith, the Church and ecclesial communities, Christianity and religion, the phenomenon of sects and issues of theological epistemology. His special field of interest is the study of man's existential-spiritual dimension, where he discovers the way of modern evangelization and the necessity of the development of spiritual medicine, which, along with somatic and psychological, is indispensable in the complete healing of man, especially in the healing of spiritual diseases and addictions. For this purpose, he developed the method of hagiotherapy and founded in 1990 in Zagreb the Center for Spiritual Help, of which he is the head. From 1971, in addition to working at the faculty, he was a student religious teacher in Zagreb, the initiator of the prayer movement within the Church of the Croats, the founder of a religious society called the Prayer and Word Community(MiR), and the leader of numerous seminars for spiritual renewal and evangelization at home and abroad. After completing his studies and scientific doctorate in fundamental theology at ... (Read more at