David has a PhD in organic chemistry and spent 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. Inspired by the placebo effect, he left the industry to write books and educate people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health. He is now author of 10 books, including, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, ‘How Your Mind Can Heal Your Body’, ‘I Heart Me’ and the Amazon bestseller, ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness’.
David is an advocate for kindness and is working passionately to help inspire a kinder world. On this podcast we explore the placebo effect and what this tells us about the power of the mind on the body. We discuss how health professionals can really use this knowledge to maximise the effects of the medications we prescribe. And the importance of empathy and kindness and the evidence that links cardiovascular disease and the quality of our relationships.
Placebo cream on the hand:
Empathy on the immune system:
Marriage experience – “Hard Marriage, Hard Heart”:
Effect of Writing Therapy. There’s quite a few individual studies, but they’re all collected together in the following excellent book by one of the main researchers in the field:
WELCOMING ADANNA TO THE WITCHY WOMEN! Our curated community.Of whole-istic healers. Here to help guide you.On your healing journey. Adanna draws on 12 years’ experience as a qualified English teacher with an MA in Education, and combines Positive Psychology, Neurobiology and Transactional Analysis with therapeutic writing to teach how changing the stories you tell about […]
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Cara is a coach, educator and author of Calm Your Gut – a mindful and compassionate guide to heal IBD and IBS using science, self love and intuitive eating. We talk about – You can find Cara on Instagram at @mindfulgutproject or on her website www.mindfulgutuk.com website. The resources for a specific diet for IBD […]
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Leigh Ankrum is a Functional Bodywork practitioner, teacher and founder of The Ankrum Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This training centre teaches practitioners to work with the body’s natural intelligence to restore health and balance, by addressing the root cause of physical challenges for each individual. Leigh has more than 37 years of experience using Osteopathic […]
WHAT IS THIS RESEARCH ABOUT? This is a systematic review collating research from 12 relevant studies with the objective of reviewing the effectiveness and safety of of mind-body interventions in CFS and ME. 7 studies were prospective randomised controlled trials. The remaining 5 studies were single arm experiments (which essentially means no controls were included), […]