As I get older my family collect illnesses like I used to collect Esso coins.

This is sad but also a fascinating journey in self-awareness, emotional intelligence and exploring my values.  My values have most recently been challenged.  Here is my dilemma:

Although big pharma has proved a rich source of enthusiastic and intelligent clients, I am not keen on popping their pills.  It saddens me to see my ex, my mum, my sister-in-law and now my daughter, lining up 9 or more pills a day to battle the effects of the Big C, UC (Ulcerative Colitis) and Leukemia.  It has become clear to me, when a crisis strikes, we have to accept that drugs, manufactured outside of the body, can help to get things back under control.  But it’s also crystal clear that, in these disease areas, the drugs treat, manage or mask the symptoms, rather than getting to the root cause of the problem.  In fact, in my daughter’s case, the drugs bring with them a host of very unpleasant side-affects.

This realisation has fired my curiosity about how we can use our brain to cure the body.  More accurately, how the combination of man-made drugs, naturally occurring hormones and creating positive perceptions in your mind, can cure the body.

Placebos can have as much as 60% of the effect of the actual drug

Last year I listened to investigative Science journalist Jo Marchant explain the power of the placebo.  Studies show that chalk dust and sugar in a plastic capsule can have as much as 60% of the effect of the actual drug (  I have also written about the power of the mind to improve fitness (  Now I have a book in my hand that explains why and how you can use your brain to cure your body.

Over the next few weeks I will share some of the fascinating stories told by the author David Hamilton PhD.  His work makes it clear that your brain – in fact your mind – can cure your body and slow the ageing process!


I hope this series of articles is no use to you whatsoever, because you are fit and healthy.  But if you or any of your friends, family, work colleagues or neighbours are suffering, please share.

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