Mental power

Can we harness the mind to reduce drug side-effects and slash costs? Australian Doctor investigates.

Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful US student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1983, she was diagnosed with lupus.

It ran rampant. She was given steroids to suppress her immune system. The drugs made her face swell up, and her hair fell out onto her pillow and into her food. Her condition worsened over the next two years, with inflamed kidneys, seizures and high blood pressure.

By 1985,