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Cure - A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body-logo

Cure - A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

Jo Marchant

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.

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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Genres:

Psychology

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Genevieve Swallow

Length:

11h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:33


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:04


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:11


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:44


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:37


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:19


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:10


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

11:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:20


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:05


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:37


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

23:04


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

14:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:17


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

15:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

13:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:53


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:55


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:28


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:12


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:17


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:29


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

13:33


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:18


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

15:43


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

20:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

20:38


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

22:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

01:17