Prescription-free healing: Doctor insists guided imagery is ke

Dr. Hilell Mazansky discusses guided imagery on June 21 at the Sheraton Hotel in La Jolla.
Dr. Hilell Mazansky discusses guided imagery on June 21 at the Sheraton Hotel in La Jolla.

By Jenna Jay

Vitamin D, decaffeinated green tea, and the workable strength of the mind and body; this is the power combination — and the only prescription — that Dr. Hillel Mazansky recommended to attendees at his lecture on guided imagery and nutrition, June 21 at the La Jolla Sheraton Hotel. Mazansky spoke to a crowd of interested clientele, sharing insights about his practice and his knowledge of the medical industry.

A South African medical doctor with some 40 years of experience in the field, Mazansky now operates a clinic in La Jolla that deviates from others in the area, and not just because he doesn’t accept health insurance on principle.

His practice, Guided Imagery And Nutrition, Inc., runs on a combination of methods with guided imagery at the center, accompanied by plans for nutrition and exercise. He said he treats patients without prescribing a single medication.

“There is another way out than taking these medications … getting side effects from big pharma,” he said. “Guided imagery, nutrition and exercise; it’s how to live a longer, healthier life.”

Through meditational sessions, Mazansky said he instructs patients to focus on a trouble spot and attack it with their minds, using the power of the brain to heal conditions ranging from obesity to cancer.

“You have no idea what you’ve got locked up here,” Mazansky said of the human brain. “We only use 10 percent of our brains, so neuroscientists tell us. It all comes from the brain. The brain cures or heals through guided imagery.”

PNI, or the combination of psycho (brain) neuro (neurological system) and immunology (the body’s natural defense system), is the term that describes the process.

He describes his practice as more curative than preventative. “By the time the patients come to me, they’ve got their chronic pain, but there’s another way out.  … We teach patients to accept the [psychological] scars, there’s nothing you can do about that. They’ve marred you all your life. Accept them. Start now fresh.”

Mazansky said he has studied innovative medicine and the practice of guided imagery for nearly 20 years, and has practiced family medicine since Christmas Day on 1969. After obtaining medical degrees in South Africa, he immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 and ran a general practice in Columbus, Ohio.

Upon retirement from his private practice in Ohio, Mazansky relocated to La Jolla, where he studied guided imagery and longevity medicine before launching his practice. For more information, visit

Did you know?

Guided imagery was developed by German psychiatrist

Hanscarl Leuner

in the late 1960s, based on his research in "catathymic influences,” the interaction of mental contents and emotional processes,


and daydreams.



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