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Cure : a journey into the science of mind over body

Author: Jo Marchant
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's extraordinary ability to heal the body. 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Marchant
ISBN: 9780385348157 0385348150 9780385348171 0385348177
OCLC Number: 907884207
Description: xviii, 300 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Faking it : why nothing works --
A deviant idea : when meaning is everything --
Pavlov's power : how to train your immune system --
Fighting fatigue : the ultimate prison break --
In a trance : imagine your gut as a river --
Rethinking pain : into the ice canyon --
Talk to me : why caring matters --
Fight or flight : thoughts that kill --
Enjoy the moment : how to change your brain --
Fountain of youth : the secret power of friends --
Going electric : nerves that cure --
Looking for God : The real miracle of Lourdes --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Jo Marchant.
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"A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's extraordinary ability to heal the body. 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, 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, acknowledges its limitations, and explains how we can make use of the findings in our own lives"--

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