Thursday, March 3, 2011

Can you imagine cancer away? - CNN.com

Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, calls the mind-body connection a "new religion" that encourages false hope.

"There is something so biologically implausible that your attitude is going to cure a disease," says Angell, a senior lecturer in social medicine at Harvard Medical School. "There's a tremendous arrogance to imagine that your mind is all that powerful."

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Here's to all the PWCs who have been told they can cure themselves by thinking happy thoughts. 

When I was in denial about the disease, I got sicker.  Telling myself that I was going to go to the office and be capable of putting in a full day's work didn't make it possible.  At the end, it was almost impossible to even get to the office, much less accomplish anything while I was there, no matter how much I told myself that I could power through the problem.

 

 

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