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 and 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, lays out its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives. With clarity and compassion, Cure points the way towards a system of medicine that treats us not simply as bodies but as human beings.
©2016 Jo Marchant (P)2016 W.F. Howes
Jo Marchant does a remarkable job in this exploration and exposition of the longstanding mystery and current understanding of the interactions of mind and body in sickness and health. It's conclusion is one of the most profound discussions of the mind/body problem to date. This volume will take its place on my shelf beside Anatomy of an Illness and Molecules of Emotion; it will be at the top of my recommendation to my students of hypnotherapy, etc. Thank you for your time and effort. You will change lives.
The number of extensive examples provided by the author is very informative and encouraging. I can only imagine the pharmaceutical companies hiding or sabotaging these studies.
The narration would be fine, except the narrator uses fake accents in character, which are painful to hear. The accent make every person she's quoting sound like a complete moron.
I could appreciate this book much more with a different narrator, and I hope to see more extensive material published about alternative medicine.
This book is one of the best books in medicine lately: precise, well written, appears to be solidly researched too and above all: fascinating and up to date with the latest research in neuroscience en mindbody medicine.
The narrator does very well, and sometimes the characters she performs are almost funny. Doesnt distract much from the content though, and makes for a lively listening.
I read nothing that is popular.
Jo Marchant should have her own tv show like Dr. Oz does. "Cure" is an interesting medical book and well put together, but you have to take her examples with a grain of salt. A lot of her examples in her book are from the holistic point of view, like the chapter on IBS, hypnosis and faith.
I agreed that medicine is always changing and there are more alternative treatments, but I'm pessimistic of the outcome. Being born with a disability has made me a critic on a magic cure, but who would had thought the Botox would help so many people with Cerebral Palsy.
If you are interested in the mind/body connection then this book is for you. Helps you to draw your own conclusion as to the way you view your life and the power of your mind over diseases.
The book was thought-provoking and well researched. Quite balanced between skepticism and data-based analysis and openness to learning and experiencing new things. The recording was dubbed and edited in places that sped it up or made it less smooth to listen to. Otherwise, I'd have given 5 stars across the board.
The content is good, but every time a person is quoted, they are done so in the most horrible accents I've ever heard. It's so distracting. I cannot imagine why they did this. It sounds like they are mocking every person they quote..
I am a homemaker with 2 older children and several hobbies. I love diy projects and listening to audiobooks while doing them.
The author seems completely objective and gives various viewpoints about the topics. I found out things that I have never heard of before, and I try to keep on top of medical and science news. Great book!
I listened to the book a couple of times. I enjoyed a fresh outlook on healing. We always seem to think we need a pill or surgery of some kind, something beyond our own. But maybe we have the very thing that helps us the most, our own intention. This book focuses on the power of using your own mind to help aid in healing and enjoying the very life we have.
You need to find yourself in this book. Everyone has something to learn and gain from reading.
I chuckled when the kids receiving the placebo pill liked it so well that even after the experiment they continued to take it with pleasure.
Burn story. The invention of using sensory input to help your brain focus on something very pleasant while a person is able to have their scarred skin scrubbed without feeling the extreme pain was a touching moment for me. How wonderful that someone was able to bless the world in such a noble way.
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