Mind Over Malignancies

She wasn't the first to explore the link between mind and disease, but few practitioners have delved as deeply or successfully into the topic. Jeanne Achterberg was 32 when she read an article that described how oncologist Carl Simonton helped cancer patients fight malignancies not just by using medicine but also by drawing on their emotional reserves and the support of other patients. Achterberg, now 59, was so taken with this revolutionary notion that she sought out Simonton and his wife so she could work with them.

In the three decades since, Achterberg has become a force in the world of...

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