Doctors have known for centuries about placebo healing, and healers worldwide have long recognized that simple faith can cause healing miracles. In this inspired study of the unacknowledged power of the placebo, Lolette Kuby Ph.D. argues that the common denominator across all forms of treatments for illness is an innate self-healing capacity that medicine calls the placebo effect, and which religion knows as faith healing. The author goes on to show how you can consciously trigger the placebo effect, independent of external agencies, through direct faith in the inner source of all healing.
Kuby authored Faith and the Placebo Effect after her own experience of a healing of breast cancer through faith. Writing with the power of first-hand experience, Kuby raises a prophetic voice against the excesses of modern medicine, offering a radical and passionate polemic in favor of self reliance. The raw power of her brilliant and sustained argument will inspire your own quest for healing through the mind alone.
2002 Health Book of the Year (finalist)
Foreword Magazine Awards
Faith and The Placebo Effect
An Argument for Self-Healing
by Lolette Kuby, PhD
2003 • 324 pages • Hardcover
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“An engaging, well-written page turner that makes an inspirational argument for self-healing. Faith and the Placebo Effect is uplifting and informative, offering hope without flaky claims or pompous discourses Kuby’s stark, powerful writing and conclusions offer resounding rings of truth.”
—New Age Retailer
“Lolette Kuby writes with masterful, incisive clarity… This book is a brilliant and important guide to encourage us to accept full responsibility for our thoughts.”
—Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution
“Lolette Kuby has written a brilliant book that will alter forever the way you look at illness and wellness, indeed life itself. The reader is taken on a journey that smoothly and intelligently alternates between an intensely personal story of recovery and fascinating, deeply researched factual material. Our world needs Faith and the Placebo Effect.”
—David S. Alexander, author of Spiritual Abundance
“…clear, compelling, and insightful.”
—Larry Dossey, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine
“By incorporating and validating all forms of healing, Kuby neatly reveals the common link: the placebo effect. . . She presents information on healing industry case histories of non-medical cures, and, most pivotal of all, how to trigger the placebo effect, so that freedom from illness can be within anyone’s reach.”
“Faith and the Placebo Effect is challenging, informative, and highly recommeded reading for students of alternative medicine and the psychology of healing.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Very interesting: engaging, intelligent, clear, challenging.”
—John Algeo, President, Theosophical Society in America
“Your personal story is a classic example of healing through grace or the placebo effect, as you call it. May this book touch hearts and heal bodies.”
—Richard Moss, author of The Black Butterfly
“The magnitude and passion of Dr. Lolette Kuby’s story of profound healing from cancer has long filled me with gratitude and awe. May her gripping message and deep wisdom touch your soul and facilitate your own healing.”
—Joan Gattuso, author of A Course in Love, A Course in Life
About the Author:
Previous to the unusual events that led up to the writing of this book, Lolette Kuby, Ph.D. was a widely published poet, critic, political activist, and university English teacher. Uncertain in her beliefs, there was very little in her previous way of life that prepared her for the healing epiphany and spiritual revelation that led her to develop the radical argument of Faith and the Placebo Effect.
An Overview of this Important Book
Faith and the Placebo Effect is a passionate argument for self-healing, 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 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 excesses of conventional medicine, arguing powerfully for the key role of the placebo response. Her argument may one day give the phrase “triggering the placebo effect” a place in popular parlance.
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, the only remaining common denominator to be found is our innate self-healing capacity, and not the myriad of external agents.
For those who want to consciously trigger this effect, the use of external objects or even healers can be left behind, but an advanced understanding of the forces at work can be 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 — but the support provided by the contextual understanding her book uniquely presents makes the task far simpler. The problem 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, the author 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.