“Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body,” written by: Jo Marchant.
Jo Marchant is a science journalist and author that has worked as an editor at Nature as well as News Editor. Marchant writes on various topics such as the future of genetic engineering and underwater archaeology. Marchant also has a P.h.D in genetics and medical microbiology.
“Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body” was published recently in 2016 and explores the history between the assumption that the mind and body are not connected. Marchant studies Western medicine and how it sees the body as a machine and does not believe that thoughts, beliefs, etc can cure an illness. However, she researches and travels all around the world to explore the “other side”- A.K.A alternative medicine, such as energy healers, past-life regression therapists, and homeopathic doctors that offer alternative methods for curing illnesses often scrutinized by Western doctors. Throughout the novel, Marchant discovers how social connections, friendship, meditation, virtual reality therapy, hypnosis, and placebo studies (to name a few) have worked for individuals.