Honor Thy Daughter: A Family's Search for Hope and Healing
by Marilyn Howell, Ed.D.
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS); (April 23, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
This is an intimate true story by Marilyn Howell, Ed.D., about her family's search for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing as her daughter struggles with terminal cancer. The family's journey takes them through the darkest corners of corporate medicine, the jungles of Brazil, the pallid hallways of countless hospitals, and ultimately into the hands of an anonymous therapist who offers the family hope and healing through MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. The story was originally featured in a 2006 Boston Globe article entitled "A Good Death" in which Howell's identity was concealed. With psychedelic medicine increasingly a part of the mainstream vocabulary, in this poignant new book Howell comes out of the closet and shares with us how psychedelic therapy helped heal the bonds ripped apart by illness.
Praise for the book:
"A beautifully written account of the medical odyssey of a courageous young woman with terminal cancer supported by her loving mother. This book shows the value of psychedelic therapy as a tool for alleviating the suffering of cancer patients." Stanislav Grof, M.D., author of LSD Psychotherapy and The Ultimate Journey: Consciousness and the Mystery of Death
"Marilyn Howell has been to the dark side of the moon. She doesn't flinch from describing the journey, but she transforms it from a story of unfathomable loss and grief to one of love and hope. A brave and beautiful book." Jean Kilbourne, senior scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and author of Can't Buy My Love
"One of the most important fruits of the… 21st century will be the acceptance of the therapeutic use of psychedelics… to ease physical and existential pain and to provide a deeper understanding and acceptance of death. Honor Thy Daughter provides a glimpse of this use." Ram Dass, spiritual teacher and author of Be Here Now and Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart (with Rameshwar Das)
"An intimate true story about one family's search for physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. This book is a potent reminder of the urgent need for more careful, honest research into the risks and benefits of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy." Rick Doblin, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS)
"A harrowing view of the U.S. cancer treatment system. Most memorable is how MDMA, used skillfully, can restore a person's humanity even when submerged in debilitating treatments. This book will hasten the end of an ill-conceived prohibition." James Fadiman, Ph.D., researcher and author of The Psychedelic Explorer's Guide: Safe, Therapeutic and Sacred Journeys
About the Author:
Marilyn Howell, Ed.D., was trained as a biologist and earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University. She taught at Brookline High School for three decades, during which time she created and developed the first Mind/Body course in public education.
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