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.
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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.
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.
Say something about yourself!
The author presents a mix of experimental data and anecdotal experiences. It's very accessible and interesting.
The narrator's real voice and accent is beautiful.
The narrator often changes out of her beautiful, actual English accent into terrible imitations of Americans, Italians, etc. It's so awful, it's almost comical. If you can get past that issue, you'll enjoy this book.
Retiree who loves audio books. I like mostly nonfiction, understanding our world and the people in it, but some good fiction is welcome too.
Mainstream medicine tends to have a fairly narrow focus, and there is so much more to our health and well being than we know and realize. This book has some excellent suggestions, ideas, and different ways of looking at things that we can probably all use at one time or another. Our minds and emotions are much more powerful and useful than we realize.
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 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.
Definitely. I am already recommending it. Like the author, I am sympathetic to alternative cures and curious about the power of the mind to heal, but also like the author I believe that you can strive to understand things from a scientific perspective if you ask the right questions (and are open to things that you don't understand). I found this book gripping from beginning to end.
The narrator did a great job except for one important thing: her rendition of the American accent was quite jarring, I have to say. She did a great job with just about every other accent (German, Irish, Eastern European, etc.), but whenever she did Americans, which was quite often, it made me cringe, and distracted from what was being said. I would have preferred if she did the whole thing in her lovely English accent instead.
This book will appeal to people who believe in alternative healing methods and those who see themselves as primarily scientific and evidence based. If you, like me, somehow see yourself belonging to both, it is a delight.
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