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Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind over Body by [Marchant, Jo]
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""Cure"represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training both as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner s Handbook" and "Love at Goon Park""

ADVANCE PRAISE FOR "CURE"
""Cure"represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training both as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner s Handbook" and "Love at Goon Park
"PRAISE FOR "THE SHADOW KING
" Jo Marchant lifts the golden mask [a] rip-roaring story. "
" Nature"
" An unusual, gripping spin on the familiar. "
" New Scientist"
""
" A wild ride.
" Sacramento Bee
"PRAISE FOR "DECODING THE HEAVENS"
An epic of forgotten geniuses, lost treasure, death-defying underwater exploration and egomaniacal scientists.
" Los Angeles Times"
""
A dizzyingly brilliant thing Whatever else it might once have told its creators, the Antikythera mechanism bears a chilling message for our technological age.
" The Telegraph (UK)"
"""

PRAISE FOR "CURE"
"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
"Kirkus Reviews"
""Cure"represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner s Handbook" and "Love at Goon Park"
This is popular science writing at its very best."Cure"beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.
Henry Marsh, author of"Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery"
PRAISE FOR "THE SHADOW KING
" Jo Marchant lifts the golden mask [a] rip-roaring story. "
" Nature"
" An unusual, gripping spin on the familiar. "
" New Scientist"
""
" A wild ride.
" Sacramento Bee
"PRAISE FOR "DECODING THE HEAVENS"
An epic of forgotten geniuses, lost treasure, death-defying underwater exploration and egomaniacal scientists.
" Los Angeles Times"
""
A dizzyingly brilliant thing Whatever else it might once have told its creators, the Antikythera mechanism bears a chilling message for our technological age.
" The Telegraph "(UK)
"""

PRAISE FOR "CURE"
"Marchant explores the possibilities of psychology-based approaches to improving physical well-being in this open-minded, evidence-based account Apowerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind s potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions."
"Publishers Weekly"(starred review)
"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
"Kirkus Reviews"
""Cure"represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner s Handbook" and "Love at Goon Park"
This is popular science writing at its very best."Cure"beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.
Henry Marsh, author of"Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery"
PRAISE FOR "THE SHADOW KING
" Jo Marchant lifts the golden mask [a] rip-roaring story. "
" Nature"
" An unusual, gripping spin on the familiar. "
" New Scientist"
""
" A wild ride.
" Sacramento Bee
"PRAISE FOR "DECODING THE HEAVENS"
An epic of forgotten geniuses, lost treasure, death-defying underwater exploration and egomaniacal scientists.
" Los Angeles Times"
""
A dizzyingly brilliant thing Whatever else it might once have told its creators, the Antikythera mechanism bears a chilling message for our technological age.
" The Telegraph "(UK)
"""

A "New York Times "Bestseller
Ms. Marchant writes well, which is never a guarantee in this genre Second, [she] has chosen very moving characters to show us the importance of the research and she has an equal flair for finding inspirational figures the studies are irresistible, and they come in an almost infinite variety.
"New York Times"
A well-researched page-turner raises questions about the role of culture, environment and neurochemistry in our responses to treatment and may very well lead to widespread changes in the ways we practice medicine.
Susannah Cahalan, "New York Post
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Could my belief that I m going to feel better in itself heal me? It s a fascinating question, and one that British author Jo Marchant takes on with aplomb in her new book, "Cure." "
Spirituality & Health
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"Marchant explores the possibilities of psychology-based approaches to improving physical well-being in this open-minded, evidence-based account Apowerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind s potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions."
"Publishers Weekly"(starred review)
"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
"Kirkus Reviews"
""Cure"represents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of "The Poisoner s Handbook" and "Love at Goon Park"
This is popular science writing at its very best."Cure"beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.
Henry Marsh, author of"Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery""

Ms. Marchant writes well, which is never a guarantee in this genre Second, [she] has chosen very moving characters to show us the importance of the research and she has an equal flair for finding inspirational figures the studies are irresistible, and they come in an almost infinite variety.
New York Times
Cure is a cautious, scrupulous investigation of how the brain can help heal our bodies. It is also an important look at the flip side of this coin, which is how brains damaged by stress may make bodies succumb to physical illness or accelerated aging Cure points a way toward a future in which the two camps [mainstream medicine and alternative therapies] might work together. After all, any medicine that makes a patient better, whether conventional, alternative, or placebo, is simply medicine.
Wall Street Journal
A well-researched page-turner raises questions about the role of culture, environment and neurochemistry in our responses to treatment and may very well lead to widespread changes in the ways we practice medicine.
Susannah Cahalan, New York Post
Cure is for anyone interested in a readable overview of recent findings in mind-body phenomena, a reliably enthralling topic A rewarding read that seeks to separate the wishful and emotion-driven from the scientifically tested.
Washington Post
Marchant is a skeptical, evidence-based reporter one with a background in microbiology, no less which makes for a fascinating juxtaposition against some of the alternative treatments she discusses.
New York Magazine
"A thought-provoking exploration of how the mind can affect the body and can be harnessed to help treat physical illness."
Economist
In a wide-ranging and compelling new book, science journalist Jo Marchant explores whether the mind can heal the body With lively, clear prose, Marchant surveys the evidence for the mind-body connection.
Science News

Fascinating and thought-provoking. Marchant has travelled extensively around Europe and the US, talking to health workers and ordinary folk, to produce this meticulously researched book Cure is a much-needed counter to a reductionist medical culture that ignores anything that doesn t show up in a scan [it] should be compulsory reading for all young doctors.
New Scientist
Arevved-up, research-packed explication of the use of mind in medicine, from meditation to guided visualisation. Marchant s nimble reportage on the work of scientists in novel fields such as psychoneuroimmunology and her discussion of placebos are as fresh as her reminders of how stress and poverty affect wellbeing are timely."
Nature


Could my belief that I m going to feel better in itself heal me? It s a fascinating question, and one that British author Jo Marchant takes on with aplomb in her new book, Cure.
Spirituality & Health

Writing with simplicity, clarity and style, and covering an enormous range of material, [Marchant] surveys with grace what we think we know, and what we would like to know, about the mysterious and troubling relationship between our minds and our bodies [She] is level-headed, always with one foot planted in the worlds of science and reason. Though open-minded, she is rigorous, her gently skeptical tone reassures, and she gracefully skewers quackery.
The Guardian
Thought-provoking This new generation of evidence-based mind-body researchers has produced some remarkable findings, which Marchant analyses with elegance and lucidity."
Times Literary Supplement
Jo Marchant makes her case so cogently that it is hard to disagree [with her] The author has a gift for writing that is both clear and vivid, and communicates complex ideas in a way that is comprehensible and uncondescending This is surely an area of medicine whose time has come.
The Independent

"A diligent and useful work that makes the case for 'holistic' medicine while warning against the snake-oil salesmen who have annexed that word for profit."
Sunday Times

This is an important book, and one that will challenge those dismissive of efforts to investigate how our thoughts, emotions and beliefs might directly influence our physical wellbeing The evolving science explored inCureis intriguing and trailblazing, and Marchant's account of its pursuit is often gripping There's a lot to this impressive book, and it has the potential to have the same dramatic impact on our understanding of our self as Norman Doidge's blockbuster, The Brain that ChangesItself.
Sydney Morning Herald


"Marchant explores the possibilities of psychology-based approaches to improving physical well-being in this open-minded, evidence-based account Apowerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind s potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions."
Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
Kirkus Reviews
"Curerepresents a journey in the best sense of the word: a vivid, compassionate, generous exploration of the role of the human mind in both health and illness. Drawing on her training as a scientist and a science writer, Marchant meticulously investigates both promising and improbable theories of the mind s ability to heal the body. The result is to illuminate a fascinating approach to medicine, full of human detail, integrity, and ultimately, hope.
Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner s Handbook and Love at Goon Park
This is popular science writing at its very best.Curebeautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.
Henry Marsh, author ofDo No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery"

Book Description

A ground-breaking look at the new science behind the mind's surprising ability to heal the body, with advice and tips on how we can all use the latest research to improve our health and our lives

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1591 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (18 Feb. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013BIIOMI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews
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I bought this book after reading a recommendation in the Economist.

Before picking up this book, I dismissed anyone who believed in 'alternative therapies' like homeopathy and hypnotherapy as gullible fools, taken in by dangerous quackery, along the same lines as people who refuse to vaccinate their children and people who believe the Earth is flat. When first cracking the pages and reading an anecdote about a mother who espouses the virtues of homeopathy, I thought I was in for a long read of someone agreeing with me, and prepared to feel justly smug about how much better I was than such people.

However, Dr. Marchant surprised me. While she is a scientist through and through, she is not so dismissive of alternative therapies as I was. She takes us on a thought-provoking journey on how the powers of the mind can be harnessed into helping relieve physical illness. Marchant interviews patients and doctors, researchers and ordinary members of the public and tries to find out just how our minds can be used to make us feel better.

She tries her hand at meditation, orders placebos online to help with headaches, and takes a trip down a virtual-reality ice canyon, in the hopes of blocking out pain being deliberately inflicted by a researcher. She talks to a man who has undergone "mindfulness training" to help with his diagnosis of MS; a man who has been instructed to create an intricate morning ritual for taking his medication (some of which is placebo) and researchers and therapists who can help hypnotise away your IBS.

The book comes out with one main conclusion, in my eyes.
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As the subject was already something I believed must have some truth, it is good to read the evidence and know people are benefiting from many alternatives so far in this book. I like Jo's first hand interviews with people and meeting the people with results. Not finished it yet but am so hopeful that the future may hold the alternative to traditional methods.
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This is worth reading. I bought it for my son who is a junior Dr and he read it from cover to cover. Later I bought it on kindle and read it myself. One thing it suggests is that drug companies pay for much research, so little or inadequate research goes into holistic/ complimentary treatments. Interesting read.
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Brilliant analysis of cutting edge research into the Mind and body connection. Suitable for science minded individuals as wells as the more spiritually inclined.
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This book is the first I have read in 30 years that covers chronic fatigue with a theory that makes complete sense to me.
An excellent read.
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Good book recommend
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A really interesting book exploring how the mind contributes to conventional and alternative medicine
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eye opening and enlightening.
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