Have you ever wondered why we get ill? Can our thoughts and feelings worsen or even cause conditions like heart disease, cancer or asthma? And what – if anything – can we do about it? Why Do People Get Ill? explores the relationship between what’s going on in our heads and what happens in our bodies, combining the latest research with neglected findings from medical history. With remarkable case studies and startling new insights into why we fall ill, this intriguing book should be read by anyone who cares about their own health and that of other people.
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The information in this book should be common knowledge for all health practitioners. It was instrumental in directing me in the making of my documentary about the death of my mother to Mesothelioma. Looking at why, is so much more important than masking symptoms.
This book’s title might suggest that it’s about the germ theory of disease or genetic anomalies, but it’s actually about why some people exposed to germs or carcinogens don’t get ill, while other people become ill at the drop of the hat—even when they have no exposure to the immediate cause of illness. (e.g. A Japanese study found that hypersensitive subjects had skin reactions when exposed to a harmless leaf when they were told that it was from a lacquer tree [i.e. that it was mildly toxic.]) It’s well established that stress plays a role in one’s level of health. Of course, it’s not merely the presence of stress, but the nature of it and how it’s dealt with that matter. Our bodies are supremely skilled at conquering invaders and repairing damage as long as our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged sufficiently for our body to do the work of fighting infection and healing. Leader and Corfield’s core argument is that...
Is it all in the head? "Why People Get Sick: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection" is a look into the power of the mind, explaining how thoughts and feelings have a massive effect on one's health and well-being. "Why People Get Sick" argues that grave and serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and arthritis can be made worse by the sufferer's head, but also suggests optimistically that beating illness in one's mind is the first step to beating it in one's body. A clear and comprehensive look at the mentality of health, "Why People Get Sick: Exploring the Mind-Body Connection" is highly recommended for community library health collections.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
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