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New York Times Bestseller

A rigorous, skeptical, deeply reported look at the new science behind the mind's surprising 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 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.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Random House

Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body

by Jo Marchant

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Award-winning author Jo Marchant knows a thing or two about science. With a BS in genetics and a PhD in microbiology, Marchant is the perfect candidate to investigate whether the human mind can heal an ailing body. In Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body, Marchant treks all over the world, meeting with scientists regarding their latest research. Her travels uncover fascinating details about our brains and their abilities. Marchant reports about how variables like the placebo effect, hypnosis, social supports, and belief in God can aid healing. Understandably, this nonfiction is highly scientific and includes a plethora of technical descriptions and terminology. Often Cure reads more like a textbook, which may make it difficult for the casual reader to stay interested and engaged. If readers patiently wade through the technical aspects, Cure will reward them with captivating information. 

Review of an Advance Reader's Copy

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Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 3 scatological terms.

Violence/Gore:  Secondhand reports of violence involving an acid attack, avalanche death, self-mutilation, bombs, torture and an autistic child attacking a parent; several brief violent scenes include activating a roadside bomb, a car crash, earthquake, robbery, third degree burns and pouring oil on a victim. 

Sex/Nudity: A few sexual references.

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Death, cancer, sepsis, childbirth, burns, sweat lodge deaths, drug addictions, MS, separation from family, references to teenage drinking and drug use, brief mention of assisted suicide and smoking.

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Drug addictions; an incident of smoking; reference to teenage drinking and drug use.

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