Kathy Sykes, professor of Science and Society at Bristol, examines alternative therapies in Europe and the US
Professor Kathy Sykes investigates traditional healing. Millions of people use meditation to heal their bodies and minds. Some scientists say it can alter the structure of our minds. Kathy journeys to a town in Iowa, where children meditate every day at school. She discovers Yogic Flying. Back in the UK, Kathy meets Professor Mark Williams, an NHS doctor who prescribes meditation to treat depression.
Kathy Sykes, professor of Science and Society at Bristol, examines alternative therapies in Europe and the US. Half a million people in England use hypnotherapy every year. It's claimed it can help with addiction, phobias, allergies and even breast enlargement. Kathy meets Richard, who wants to quit smoking; Nicola, who wants to eat less; and Mandy, who wants teeth implants without anaesthetic. Kathy tries hypnosis herself and discovers the scientific explanation for the hypnotic trance.