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Cure Audiobook

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    TimothyT 07-09-16
    TimothyT 07-09-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A brilliantly outlined Classic in the field of Mind Body Medicine"

    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.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    troyohna 10-20-16
    troyohna 10-20-16
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    "fascinating content, but very difficult to listen"

    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.

    39 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    M. Verbeek 10-27-16
    M. Verbeek 10-27-16

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    "Brilliant and important book, well narrated"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Genevieve Swallow – was your favorite?

    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.


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    Denise Donham 11-07-16
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    "Interesting/thought provoking"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Letitia 05-22-17
    Letitia 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book, terrible narrator."

    I understand the narrator is trying to break the monotony of reading non fiction by changing accents to that if the person speaking, but she is terrible Muriel! American accents all sound southern, Irish accents sound like lucky the leprechaun, but the best/worst are the Italian accents! She sounds exactly like Count Dracula!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Namastellen 05-07-17
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    "wrong narrator"
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    The story was a bit rambly and needed better editing. It was difficult to listen to because the narration was so jarring. If the narrator had read everything in her own voice it would have been ok but she is a terrible mimic. Her accents, particularly American souther, were atrocious. She pronounced her words the British way while trying to talk in American & Italian accents. It was so annoying, it was difficult to follow whatever the story/research was supposed to be.

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    Amazon Customer 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The horrible accents are driving me crazy"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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..


    Would you be willing to try another one of Genevieve Swallow’s performances?

    Hell No!


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    Christine 11-05-16
    Christine 11-05-16
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    "Great material"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Jurassic 01-19-17
    Stefanie Jurassic 01-19-17 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Psycho- behavioral Inquiry... with accents!"
    What did you love best about Cure?

    The author presents a mix of experimental data and anecdotal experiences. It's very accessible and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator's real voice and accent is beautiful.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    K. Cunningham Panama, Central America 01-07-17
    K. Cunningham Panama, Central America 01-07-17 Member Since 2007

    Retiree who loves audio books. I like mostly nonfiction, understanding our world and the people in it, but some good fiction is welcome too.

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    "A Lot of Very Useful Ideas"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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