Cure

  • by Jo Marchant
  • Narrated by Genevieve Swallow
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.
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- troyohna

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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- M. Verbeek "Marjos"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-15-2016
  • Publisher: Recorded Books