The Placebo Response by Howard Brody
How You Can Release the Body's Inner Pharmacy for Better Health

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The brain can heal the body: that's the remarkable truth behind the body's placebo response. As one of the nation's foremost authorities on the mysterious connection between mind and body, Dr. Howard Brody introduces a radical new understanding of this phenomenon -- and how it can be used to foster good health. The body, says Brody, has an "inner pharmacy" that the brain taps into, according to what we anticipate, how we are conditioned by experience, and how we interpret events. Consider the following:In one study, people with allergies showed no response when exposed to the irritant, when they were first convinced it was something. Sham surgery has sometimes produced lasting results, indistinguishable from the results of real operations.Patients recover faster from surgery when they have window views of trees or grass, rather than brick walls.

But the placebo response is more than an astonishing medical fact -- it can be put to practical use. The Placebo Response gives you access to a new kind of alternative medicine, one proven by science and found within your own body.


About Howard Brody

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Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of family practice and philosophy and director of the Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences at Michigan State University. He is the author of Placebos and the Philosophy of Medicine, The Healer's Power, Stories of Sickness, and Ethical Decisions in Medicine. Dr. Brody resides in Holt, Michigan, with his wife, Daralyn, and their children, Sheila and Mark. Daralyn Brody graduated from Michigan State University, worked various jobs to help support her medical student husband, and became a homemaker after the birth of her children. She has studied several forms of alternative healing.
Published August 2, 2011 by Harper. 336 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Brody (The Healer's Power) offers an engrossing and illuminating look at the placebo response and how it can be harnessed to promote physical and mental well-being. Brody, director of the Center for E

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