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Can we “optimize” the possibility for spontaneous remission?

My latest health blog, called “Watching out for security and finding it within” has just been published as a “Christian Science perspective” piece by The Christian Science Monitor. Here is an excerpt from the article… Both the nocebos and spontaneous remissions show the effect our beliefs can have on our well-being. These evidences have led Dr. Rankin […]

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Could a mental medicine chest contain the best subscription?

This blog, by Assistant District Manager, Melvyn Howe, appeared in the “This is” series. The local GP has long been a respected figure of authority and a mainstay of family health. For many people that usually means a health problem requires little more than an appointment, a prescription and some pills to pop for a […]

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Sherlock Homes and the mystery of the nocebo…

Terrific article published as Belief and Its Effect on Our Health by colleague Russ Gerber in Huffington Post! Penny Sarchet doesn’t think of herself as a detective, but she’s been acting like one. She recently received a prize for her science essay on the nocebo effect, one of the winning entries in a writing contest sponsored by the Wellcome […]

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Can thoughts about the placebo and nocebo effects heal our ignorance of why they work? These might!

My colleagues have been blogging about the placebo effect, and I wanted to weave some of their ideas together with some thoughts of my own… Firstly, a recent blog by Sharon Frey, Media Manager,The First Church of Christ, Scientist. Why do placebos work? Some scientists are digging into a fascinating question – why do sugar pills […]

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Do the positive and negative of placebos and nocebos point to thought as king in healthcare concerns?

For his most recent “Other Voices” column, my West Coast colleague Eric Nelson tracked down an amazingly thought-provoking video on the placebo effect, that I share below, and introduced it by saying, “Have a look at the video below (very entertaining, by the way!).  And for some insight into the Christian Science “take” on placebos, check […]

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