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It's the Thought That Counts: Why Mind Over Matter Really Works

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  125 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When pharmaceutical scientist David R. Hamilton, Ph.D., observed the results of tests on new drugs, he noticed that patients receiving control placebo pills reported the same level of improvement as those receiving the actual drug. Seeing this result repeat itself time and time again, he became fascinated by the mind-body connection and started to research the work of scie ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Hay House (first published April 17th 2005)
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Dorothy Drew
Dr. Hamilton takes a scientific approach to studies of the health effects of visualization. What happens to heart rate or blood biochemistry. Even more, what is happening to the DNA. One fascinating anecdote is about a young man who developed liver disease and needed tubes for drainage that would make him a semi-invalid for life. He spent hours every day imagining he was cleaning and polishing each cell - cell by cell - of his liver. A few months later one of the tubes was dislodged and when he ...more
Erica Dippold
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beginning half is more scientific. End half is more spiritual. Gives a wide-ranging overview of several different topics that one might find useful. Most interesting part for me was the overlap of visualization / gratitude in prayer within ancient texts. i.e. what "works" for prayer and what does not.
Also the level and intensity of emotion felt, as well as certainty, in that prayer -- or as another might call it the "law of attraction." "Subconscious programming" The endless overlaps between sc
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that completely changed and altered the way that i think about things, with its powerful, strong and direct message that is sent strait to your heart. the term of 'mind over matter' is just so relevant & real, and which is highlighted and emphasised throughout the entire book when discussing lifestyle issues. Emotions play a large role within all our lives as they can often determine a thought or action, that can be drematic and which can also effect ones health, mood & well-being ...more
Jeremy Neal
Nov 13, 2010 rated it liked it
This seemed very promising, and I agree entirely with the unstated intent that I inferred from its approach, that this book is designed to evangelise the view that our thoughts affect reality, but I felt that it fell down due to its universalism - the book is far from deep or challenging - and it has a lite style too, more a collection of reviews than a cohesive whole.

So while I agree that mind does affect matter, it's preaching to the choir rather, and I've read more convincing material than th
Dec 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent and thought provoking. We really do have far more control over our lives than most of us realise. Well written. The author's background as a scientist gives the work a validity which new age 'gurus' would die for. I've been to one of David Hamilton's talks and he is even more persuasive in person. Go if you get the chance. Become a believer. I dare you. ...more
A lot of scientific researchs to back up the placebo effect and how our mind has a direct effect on our body.
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Just a little something to read this weekend while camping to work on my anxiety. I am looking forward to getting started.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feel good view of life.
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David has a first class honors degree in chemistry, specializing in biological and medicinal chemistry. He has the slightly geeky honour of having achieved 100% in his 3rd year university degree exam in ‘Statistical Mechanics’, which is a branch of quantum physics applied to chemistry.

After completing his PhD, he worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry, first developing drugs for cardiov

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