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Editor's note: This is the third column in a four-part series. If you know me, you know one of my favorite self-help reads is the Louise Hay classic, "You Can Heal Your Life." ("Woo-woo" alert issued now.) The book is known as one of the first bestsellers to truly acknowledge and explore the mind-body connection. In fact, Hay even has a chart at the end of the book listing various medical symptoms or illness, the mental or psychological issue that frequently underlies it, and an affirmation that can help change that mental pattern and, as a result, cure the symptom. In Hay's diagnostic system, chronic throat issues can indicate that the sufferer has a pattern of stifling back their opinions, thoughts or even needs. The prescription? This affirmation (among oth...