Giving Voice

Recent Updates

9/1/16: Harnessing the Placebo Effect

I'm excited to announce the publication of my first academic article, "Harnessing the Placebo Effect: A New Model for Mind-Body Healing Mechanisms." Published in the current issue (35[1]) of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, this article explores our culture's relationship to the placebo effect, and how that influences our outlook on mind-body healing mechanisms. It combines participatory transpersonal theories with current biomedical research to argue that a new theoretical model is needed to advance the art and science of modern medicine.

This article also received a wonderful response paper from Dr. James Giordano, Chief Scientist in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research at Georgetown University, and Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Group of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon. The paper is entitled "Considerations and Caveats for the Use of Placebo Responses in Clinical Care: Minding the Matter of Mechanisms–and Morality– in Medical Treatment," and is also published in IJTS, same issue.