The Placebo Response and the Power of Unconscious Healing

Author: Richard Kradin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135913102
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Placebo responses are automatic and unconscious and cannot be predicted based on conscious volition. Instead, they reflect complex interactions between the innate reward system of the nervous system and encoded procedural memories and imaginal fantasies. The placebo response contributes inextricably to virtually all therapeutic effects, varies in potency, and likely exhibits its own pathologies. The Placebo Response further considers that the critical elements required to provoke placebo responses overlap substantially with what most current psychotherapies consider to be therapeutic, i.e. an interpersonal dynamic rooted in concern, trust and empathy. The potential importance of training caregivers in how to optimize placebo responses is considered a crucial feature of both the art and science of care-giving.

Suggestible You

Author: Erik Vance
Publisher: National Geographic Books
ISBN: 1426217919
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This riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Journalist Erik Vance explores the surprising ways our expectations and beliefs influence our bodily responses to pain, disease, and everyday events. Drawing on centuries of research and interviews with leading experts in the field, Vance takes us on a fascinating adventure from Harvard’s research labs to a witch doctor’s office in Catemaco, Mexico, to an alternative medicine school near Beijing (often called “China’s Hogwarts”). Vance’s firsthand dispatches will change the way you think—and feel. Expectations, beliefs, and self-deception can actively change our bodies and minds. Vance builds a case for our “internal pharmacy”—the very real chemical reactions our brains produce when we think we are experiencing pain or healing, actual or perceived. Supporting this idea is centuries of placebo research in a range of forms, from sugar pills to shock waves; studies of alternative medicine techniques heralded and condemned in different parts of the world (think crystals and chakras); and most recently, major advances in brain mapping technology. Thanks to this technology, we're learning how we might leverage our suggestibility (or lack thereof) for personalized medicine, and Vance brings us to the front lines of such study.

Healing Symbols in Psychotherapy

Author: Erik D. Goodwyn
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317311175
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Ritual scholars note that rituals have powerful psychological, social and even biological effects, but these findings have not yet been integrated into the practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry. In Healing Symbols in Psychotherapy Erik D. Goodwyn attempts to rectify this by reviewing the most pertinent work done in the area of ritual study and applying it to the practice of psychotherapy and psychiatry, providing a new framework with which to approach therapy. The book combines ritual study with depth psychology, placebo study, biogenetic structuralism and cognitive anthropology to create a model of interdisciplinary psychology. Goodwyn uses examples of rituals from history, folklore and cross-cultural study and uncovers the universal themes embedded within them as well as their psychological functions. As ritual scholars show time and again how Western culture and medicine is ‘ritually impoverished’ the application of ritual themes to therapy yields many new avenues for healing. The interdisciplinary model used here suggests new ways to approach problems with basic identity, complicated grief, anxiety, depression meaninglessness and a host of other problems encountered in clinical work. The interdisciplinary approach of this accessibly-written book will appeal to psychotherapists, psychiatrists and Jungian analysts as well as those in training and readers with an interest in the science behind ritual.

The Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice

Author: Walter A. Brown
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199933855
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The Placebo Effect in Clinical Practice brings together what we know about the mechanisms behind the placebo response, as well as the procedures that promote these responses, in order to provide a focused and concise overview on how current knowledge can be applied in treatment settings.

Shadow Medicine

Author: John S. Haller
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231537700
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A distinguished historian of medicine, John S. Haller Jr. explores the epistemological foundations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the challenges it presents for both conventional and alternative therapies. In his exploration of a productive reconciliation in their conflicting approaches, Haller maintains a healthy, scientific skepticism but still finds promise in some complementary and alternative (CAM ) therapies. The placebo forms the central focus of the book, as Haller elucidates the latest findings on how new research about the placebo effect might lead to a more robust medical practice including both the objectivity of evidence-based medicine and the subjectivity and narrative truth of the physician-patient relationship. The book offers a thoughtful tour of key topics in the standoff between EBM and CAM: how and why the double blinded, randomized clinical trial (RCT) came to be called the "gold standard" in modern medicine; the challenge of postmodern medicine that countered the positivism of evidence-based medicine; the politics of modern CAM and the rise of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine; an in-depth case study of homeopathy explaining why this modality has emerged as a poster-child for CAM; and finally an assessment of CAM's popularity despite its poor performance in clinical trials. Haller ends with hope that new experimental protocols might tease out the evidentiary basis for the placebo effect, therefore establishing a foundation for some reconciliation between EBM and CAM.

Brain2Brain

Author: John B. Arden
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118756894
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Overcome resistance and fully engage clients by bringing neuroscience into treatment Brain2Brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience applies the popular topic of neuroscience in mental health to everyday practice, showing therapists how to teach their clients brain-based strategies for making changes and improving their lives. Cutting-edge findings in neuroscience are translated into language that clients will understand, and sidebars provide therapists more detailed information relating to particular disorders. With a holistic approach that incorporates mental, spiritual, and physical skills, knowledge, and exercises, this book provides a clear, complete resource for incorporating neuroscience into therapy. Case examples illustrate how the material can be used with different types of clients and situations, and sample dialogues and client handouts help therapists easily incorporate these techniques into their practice. Many clients forget that there is a biological basis for everything the brain does, and the ways that activity manifests everyday – good or bad, healthy or dysfunctional, the very core of human consciousness boils down to a series of electrical impulses. This book helps therapists bring neuroscience into therapy, to teach clients how to work with their brain's innate processes to reinforce progress and achieve healthier outcomes. Learn techniques for dealing with client resistance factors Discover phrases and memory aides that help clients apply what they've learned in therapy Facilitate higher client motivation to engage in the therapeutic process Teach clients about the brain's relevance to their particular problem Find tools for explaining the role of diet, exercise, and sleep in mental health When a client's treatment revolves around eliminating harmful thought patterns or behaviors, the therapeutic process can feel like a battle against their own brain. By bringing neuroscience into the treatment plan, therapists can shift the client's perspective to a more collaborative mindset, focused on the positive aspects of change. Brain2Brain: Enacting Client Change Through the Persuasive Power of Neuroscience provides the guidance therapists need to chart a clearer path to good mental health.

Pathologies of the Mind body Interface

Author: Richard L. Kradin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415877504
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"Unlike other texts on the subject, this book aims to provide a well-integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of the pervasive effects of the mind/body splitting that lead to somatoform disorders. Kradin explores the spectrum of currently recognized disorders with reference to the DSM-V formulations, as well as the medical, psychobiological, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to these disorders. Additionally, he explores the role of developmental trauma in pathogenesis, and how stress, modulation, body-oriented therapies, Jungian-oriented embodied imaginal work, and psychopharmacological interventions can be integrated in the treatment of these disorders"--Provided by publisher.

Power of the Mind in Health and Healing

Author: Keith R. Holden, M.D.
Publisher: Keith R. Holden, M.D.
ISBN: 1535601620
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“Your mind is the most powerful thing in your control.” Keith R. Holden, M.D. For centuries, man has sought to understand the mysterious link between the mind and body as it relates to health and healing. Can we really unlock the power of our minds to improve our health and heal? The answer is a resounding yes! In Power of the Mind in Health and Healing, Dr. Holden shares the latest advances in mind-body science that prove your mind’s ability to positively influence your health. He explains how to use mindfulness and meditation to turn on and off genes for optimal health and how to hack the psychology of the placebo effect for self-healing. He also outlines basic functional medicine concepts for improving your health and presents powerful techniques for working with your subconscious mind to remove emotional blocks that might prevent healing. The book contains access to six Guided Meditations, each with a specific goal that is described in the book. In addition, readers have access to free online wellness Bonus Materials.

You Are the Placebo

Author: Joe Dispenza
Publisher: Hay House
ISBN: 9781401944582
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Is it possible to heal by thought alone-without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect. In You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza shares numerous documented cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, crippling arthritis, and even the tremors of Parkinson's disease by believing in a placebo. Similarly, Dr. Joe tells of how others have gotten sick and even died the victims of a hex or voodoo curse-or after being misdiagnosed with a fatal illness. Belief can be so strong that pharmaceutical companies use double- and triple-blind randomized studies to try to exclude the power of the mind over the body when evaluating new drugs. Dr. Joe does more than simply explore the history and the physiology of the placebo effect. He asks the question: "Is it possible to teach the principles of the placebo, and without relying on any external substance, produce the same internal changes in a person's health and ultimately in his or her life?" Then he shares scientific evidence (including color brain scans) of amazing healings from his workshops, in which participants learn his model of personal transformation, based on practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. The book ends with a "how-to" meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back-the first step in healing. You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.

Cure

Author: Jo Marchant
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0385348169
Format: PDF, Kindle
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A New York Times Bestseller Finalist for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 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.