Faith and the Placebo Effect
Faith and the Placebo Effect is a passionate argument for self-healing, offering a many-sided account of an inner potential well-known to medicine that has yet to be properly presented in popular literature. Readers will learn that placebos work, and why they work. They will also understand the cultural, historical, and political reasons why this great truth has been roundly ignored or trivialized.
In this book, Author Lolette Kuby--a poet, cultural critic, activist, and one-time professor of literature--raises a prophetic voice against the madness of conventional medicine, and in favor of the power of faith in the placebo response. In fact, Ms. Kuby wrote Faith and the Placebo Effect after her own experience of a spectacular placebo healing. She writes with the power of first hand experience, and arising out of this conviction provides a sustained argument for self-healing through the mind alone. Her argument may one day give the phrase "triggering the placebo effect" a place in popular parlance.
Why An "Argument"?
The placebo effect is perhaps the best-documented fact in the history of medicine, and placebos come in an infinite variety. In the annals of humankind, just about anything can and has triggered the placebo effect; and when such cases are closely examined (be they shamanic healings or modern pharmaceuticals), the only remaining common denominator to be found is our innate self-healing capacity based on belief in the remedy, and not the myriad of external agents.
For those who want to consciously trigger this effect, the use of external objects or even healers becomes unnecessary, but an advanced understanding of the forces at work is a key factor. And Kuby supplies such an understanding through the argument that underlies Faith and the Placebo Effect. Faith in the divine endowment of health and healing that we all possess is the central requirement, says the author.
Consciously Triggering the Placebo Effect
The challenge of self-healing is that the placebo phenomenon is subtle. Discerning its reality requires courage and insight, for it usually occurs spontaneously and unconsciously, and is usually unacknowledged as such. The healing effect is erroneously attributed to external causes, when the true source is within.
In order for this mystical truth to be fully grasped and directly applied for healing, Kuby discovered that a space must be cleared through the obfuscations of medicine and the "culture of illness." It is not enough to simply appeal with beautiful phrases to the power of faith; nor is it enough to critique the tyranny of materialistic medicine and to cite the scientific evidence for placebos. These threads of understanding must be marshalled all at once, in a coherent argument, if we are to break through the cultural conditioning that convinces us that something or someone external to us is the agent of our healing. But once the truth of this argument hits home, readers' lives will be changed forever. Many who read and accept Lolette Kuby's argument for self-healing will be able to consciously trigger the placebo effect, through simple faith.
In Faith and the Placebo Effect, Lolette Kuby leaves no stone unturned--ranging widely into history, medicine, folklore, mysticism, and religion--in her quest to instill the faith required to believe, in the face of medical and cultural propaganda, that through the power of the divine spirit within we can free ourselves of any illness.
"Lolette Kuby has written a brilliant book which will alter forever the way you look at illness and wellness, indeed life itself."
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