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This is Not Hippee Juju – How Your Beliefs and Expectations Can Impact Your Health

Shannon Harvey

As a journalist who investigates the connection between our mind, body and health, I often come across phenomenal stories where healers produce miracle cures and witch doctors put curses on people’s longevity. I included one of these stories in my film The Connection, as told by Ian Gawler, a terminally ill cancer patient who travelled to India to meet a famed guru and recovered, despite his dire medical prognosis. If you’re scientifically minded like I am, you might be inclined to dismiss these stories as fantasy, or the result of a person’s gullibility rather than acknowledging that a genuine healing... Read full article »


When words hurt: The power of the nocebo effect

Shannon Harvey

Some time in the next month or so I’ll become a mother for the second time. I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant, and with my very noticeable, ever-expanding belly, I find myself having regular conversations with people about the pending arrival. My well-meaning friends keep telling me horror stories about their experiences in labour and battlefield tales from the front line of being parents to both a newborn baby and a toddler at the same time. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve done in my life,” seems to be the general consensus from both mothers and fathers that I’ve spoken to.  ... Read full article »

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