A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body

Book - 2016
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"A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's extraordinary ability to heal the body Have you ever felt a surge of adrenaline after narrowly avoiding an accident? Salivated at the sight (or thought) of a sour lemon? Felt turned on just from hearing your partner's voice? If so, then you've experienced how dramatically the workings of your mind can affect your body. Yet while we accept that stress or anxiety can damage our health, the idea of "healing thoughts" was long ago hijacked by New Age gurus and spiritual healers. Recently, however, serious scientists from a range of fields have been uncovering evidence that our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs can ease pain, heal wounds, fend off infection and heart disease, even slow the progression of AIDS and some cancers. In Cure, award-winning science writer Jo Marchant travels the world to meet the physicians, patients, and researchers on the cutting edge of this new world of medicine. We learn how meditation protects against depression and dementia, how social connections increase life expectancy, and how patients who feel cared for recover from surgery faster. We meet Iraq war veterans who are using a virtual arctic world to treat their burns and children whose ADHD is kept under control with half the normal dose of medication. We watch as a transplant patient uses the smell of lavender to calm his hostile immune system and an Olympic runner shaves vital seconds off his time through mind-power alone. Drawing on the very latest research, Marchant explores the vast potential of the mind's ability to heal, acknowledges its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
ISBN: 9780385348157
Branch Call Number: 616.8914 M3319C 2016
Characteristics: xviii, 300 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 08, 2017

Marchant is a British journalist with degrees in genetics and microbiology. During the course of her research for her book, Cure, Marchant investigated the science behind the placebo effect, hypnosis, meditation, mindfulness, prayer and conditioning. She came to the conclusion that the healing power of the brain could offer a powerful complement to modern medicine. Her research includes interesting evidence from investigators around the world concerning mind over body control and healing (even by the subconscious mind).

Jan 20, 2017

This is a well-written and researched overview of how the mind can positively and negatively affect our health by a woman with a scientific background (PhD in genetics and medical microbiology) and a healthy scepticism of charlatans and unsubstantiated claims. The first half of the book is the most interesting as she focuses on recent research into medical therapies and treatments where the scientists and doctors have taken a rigorous approach to verifying mind/body connections. The second half reviews how our thoughts and emotions can affect our health. People who suffer from chronic conditions such as pain, fatigue, and bowel issues might benefit from reading this book.

Mar 15, 2016

As powerful as the pharmaceutial companies are in the US I am surprised this book was even published. She does not try to persuade far out claims of wacky cures. She offers information on studies that may be worth further investigation. I think the information is worth pursuing and hope more investment will be made in the hopes that western medicine(which is not the cure-all) will be only one of many things in a doctors black bag


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