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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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By TimothyT on 07-09-16
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.
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By troyohna on 10-20-16
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.
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