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Be healthy, be positive. How? Read the book,
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This review is from: How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body (Paperback)
Juvenal once said, "Sit mens sana in corpore sano." That should be the byline for this book.
It is a fascinating read for people who would like to take more control over their health. It all makes surprisingly good sense, even to me - a confirmed sceptic.
David Hamilton does not suggest for a moment that it replaces conventional medicine, far from it. What he does show is how a positive attitude can help assist the body, and a negative attitude can hinder it.
He collates recent scientific investigations and shows how they are consistent with well established scientific links between health in the mind and health in the body. He also recounts real cases and shows real methods to help with maintaining health or speeding up cures.
Think of how in sport one trains the pro-prioceptive reflexes, (balance, twitch reactions, ball skills, etc) by practice and careful observation of results, oneself and good examples. Now he is showing us how this can be extended to our inner health as well.
He discusses the well known placebo effect in great detail, and shows the probable mechanism by which it works. I found it amazing when he pointed out how it can be used to support standard medication and in some cases, once the patient's body knows how to perform with that medication, the body can sometimes respond to a placebo as if it were the genuine medicine.
He also shows how an adverse reaction can be produced by a negative influence. While he did not say it, I vividly remembered my own experiences in Africa where the local witchdoctor could bring a victim to death's door, purely by letting the victim know he had been cursed. We had to effectively bail out an African friend by buying off the witchdoctor.
I am an engineer, and a scientist, and I read the book with an initially very cynical attitude, but ended up thinking just how much good sense it made. And it turns out that for the last decade I have been using variants of his methods to (successfully so far) minimise the effects of osteoarthritis in my back and knees.
It is worth reading, just to see if you can benefit from it. There is no proselytising, and no preaching, just the facts laid out for us and some very helpful suggestions on how to make the best use of the information.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2010, 08:27:25 GMT
Your review is very helpful - RFS - and on the strength of it I have ordered the book. I've always been interested in the placebo effect so the book will give me more information about that as well. Good health!
Posted on 16 Feb 2010, 15:20:33 GMT
Posted on 16 Feb 2010, 20:32:39 GMT
R. F. Stevens says:
Thank you both for the kind comments, and thank you shpadoinkle for suggesting I had a look at the book in the first place.
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