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Self-Administer Placebo Effects

Someone asked me today about my thoughts about the mystery of the placebo effect, which I wrote about at length in Mind Over Medicine and which scientists do not understand but have theories about. I thought some of you might be interested in what I wrote. In the original version of Mind Over Medicine, I defined the placebo effect as a combination of positive belief and the nurturing care of someone in a position of authority who we have been conditioned to respond to with better health. My point of view about placebos has changed over the years, and I’ve updated my thoughts in the new revised Mind Over Medicine.

I used to think it was that simple—positive belief + nurturing care—but now I think the placebo effect has much less to do with sugar pills or even positive belief and far mo...

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REVISED Mind Over Medicine Book

When I decided to rewrite 2/3 of my classic bestseller Mind Over Medicine a year ago so I could update much of the science, add nNEW REVISED Mind Over Medicine, I had no idea that I would give birth to this REVISED Mind Over Medicine in the middle of a pandemic, economic collapse, and Black Lives Matter protests. The chaos of our world, especially amidst the trifecta of personal and public health risks of Covid-19, racism, and widespread poverty, makes this book full of medicine more timely than ever. NEW REVISED Mind Over Medicine.

If you’ve already purchased the original Mind Over Medicine and are uncertain whether it’s worth buying it again, the following preface to the new revised edition explains how this version is different and why it might be worth buying it again...

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Social Isolation & Trauma For Healing

Lots of people are having a rough time right now, and it’s no wonder. There is a strong link between social isolation and trauma, and when so much radical change is upon us, it’s natural that our “stuff” will bubble up. When we do not have the routines of daily work life, the rituals of connection we seek out for everyday support, the comfort of touch, circles of song, dance, and spirituality, and gatherings of friends and community members who make us feel safe, secure, and solid, long-buried trauma is likely to come to the surface, often from the shadows. If we have tools and resources for moving and clearing that trauma, this can be profoundly healing. If not, trauma can rear up like a dragon and crush you

For those of us not on the front lines of essential service work, many ha...

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