I'd expect it from the medical profession, but from you it surprises. Based on your editorial (June 25), "Laughter Is Not Enough," the medical study that purportedly disproves the connection between positive thinking and healing appears to be the flimsiest of research jobs, and I'm surprised there was no holistic-oriented member of your staff to point out the obvious shortcomings.
No one I know who thinks holistically and has thought and read more than superficially on the subject believes that positive thinking alone cures anything. There must also be an understanding of underlying limiting beliefs (most of which are just below the surface of our consciousness or are indeed conscious) that might undermine the desire to be well.
Your editorial stated that the researchers "charted . . . the states of mind" of cancer patients and found "no difference in survival rates between the happy patients and sad ones." I want to know more, like how they defined happiness and how they measured false optimism or a happy exterior that masked a troubled psyche.
Also, there was no indication that they did any study of people who were consciously practicing positive thinking or working with counselors to examine their beliefs. Like any skill, positive thinking requires conscious practice in order for it to work.