Award-winning Oxford University researcher Dr. Jeremy Howick draws on the latest peer-reviewed medical studies to arm readers with scientific evidence that will empower them to make sensible choices about what drugs to take, what drugs to give their children, and when (and when not) to simply let the body do its thing.
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The miracles of modern medicineand our overreliance on prescription drugs and surgical procedureshave obscured the evolutionary ability of the body to heal itself, as Dr. Jeremy Howick explains in this groundbreaking book.
Wealthy countries have become highly dependent on medical intervention: On average, one-fifth of all Americans, half of the elderly British, and two-thirds of older Canadians take at least five prescription drugs per day, their lives a nonstop ritual of pill popping and managing side effects. One in ten people takes antidepressants, and millions of boys who can't sit still in school are prescribed methamphetamines. Skyrocketing global healthcare costs render this overmedication increasingly unaffordable.
In Doctor You, Howick explains that the abundance of modern drugs and technologies has blinded us to the fact that the human body produces its own drugs that can treat pain, is capable of curing itself of many physical ailments as well as a surgeon, and can even combat most mild depression as well as any psychologist. Recent clinical trials clearly show that states of mind affect our health: relaxation, positive thinking, and comfortable social environments all provide measurable health benefitssometimes as effectively as blockbuster drugs.
With a methodical and approachable analysis of modern medicine's overuse of pharmaceutical intervention and the scientific evidence for your body's innate power to heal itself, Doctor You will change the way you think about your health, your body, and your approach to medicine.
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About the Author
Jeremy Howick is an Oxford University researcher and author of more than eighty publications and a classic textbook called The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine. He is a world-renowned expert in the study of the placebo effect in large-scale medical studies, and his work has been featured in The Times and The Washington Post, among other print outlets, as well as on Sky News and the BBC.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Too Much Medicine 1
Part I Evidence of Self-Healing (and How You Know)
1 Your Amazing Body 13
2 When to Trust the Evidence 22
3 Beware of Stories and Expert Opinion 45
4 Powerful Placebo Effects 56
Part II Fight, Flight, Feed, and Breed
5 The Stress Response 71
6 How a Yogi Taught the Beatles to Relax 87
7 It Is Never Just in Your Mind 106
Part III A Closer Look at Your Inner Healer
8 The Power of Positive Thinking 125
9 Conditioning: Awakening the Body's Inner Pharmacy 142
Part IV Individual Health Depends on Relationships
10 The Doctor Is a Cure 157
11 Love as a Drug 172
12 In Giving We Receive 186
Part V Change Your Brain and Your DNA
13 Nature Versus Nurture, with an Epigenetic Twist 203
14 Neuroplasticity and Changing Your Brain 216
15 Conclusion: What This All Means for You and Your Health 228
Epilogue: What If Something Really Serious Happens? 233
Works Cited and Further Reading 239