For decades doctors have documented the placebo effect—in which patients feel better after getting fake treatments (sugar pills, saline injections, sham surgeries) they believe to be the real thing. But do placebos merely trick the mind or can they genuinely heal the body? That's the question Lissa Rankin, MD
, set out to answer in her new book, Mind Over Medicine
. Diving into 60-plus years of research, Rankin has built a convincing case for the way optimistic thoughts and caring doctors can trigger the body's self-repair mechanisms to help prevent—and maybe even treat—illness. Prepare to be fascinated.
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, March 8, 2014
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