Did you know that we can change our biology simply by what we believe to be true? The placebo effect is defined as the measurable, observable, or felt an improvement in health or behavior not attributable to a medication or invasive treatment that has been administered. It suggests that one can treat various ailments by using the mind to heal.
For example, if two people have a headache and one takes Tylenol while the other is given a pill that contains nothing (sugar), both could report that the pill was successful and the headache is gone. The difference is the one that was given the pill which contained nothing still believed that they were given a Tylenol that would alleviate their headache. In doing so, their headache was cured because of what they believed to be true. This has happened on numerous occasions, many studies have shown that the placebo effect is real and highly effective.
The placebo practice is known but widely dismissed in medicine. The placebo effect should be a major topic of study in medical schools. Unfortunately, drug companies study patients who respond to the placebo effect with the goal of eliminating them from early clinical trials. It bothers pharmaceutical manufacturers that in most of their clinical trials the placebos prove to be just as effective as their chemical ridden drugs.
Examining the placebo effect would give rise to a whole new category under science, which would probably be consciousness. This is why it’s not examined thoroughly, the power of our perception and its ability to create our reality and even change our biology would open the door to a multitude of other questions, possibilities and potentialities for the human race. These potentialities would most likely wipe out many industries on the planet, from health all the way down to energy. These concepts are also heavily examined and illustrated by quantum physics.
The placebo effect should be the subject of major, funded research efforts. If medical researchers could figure out how to leverage the placebo effect, they would hand doctors an efficient,energy-based, side effect-free tool to treat disease. Energy healers say they already have such tools, but I am a scientist, and I believe the more we know about sceince of the placebo, the better we’ll be able to use it in clinical settings – Bruce Lipton, Ph.D
A Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at surgery for patients with severe and debilitating knee pain. Many surgeons know there is no placebo effect in surgery, or so most of them believe. The patients were divided into three groups. The surgeons shaved the damaged cartilage in the knee of one group. For the second group, they flushed out the knee joint, removing all of the material believed to be causing inflammation.
Both of these processes are the standard surgeries people go through who have severe arthritic knees. The third group received a “fake” surgery, the patients were only sedated and tricked that they actually had the knee surgery. For the patients not really receiving the surgery, the doctors made the incisions and splashed salt water on the knee as they would in normal surgery.
They then sewed up the incisions like the real thing and the process was complete. All three groups went through the same rehab process, and the results were astonishing. The placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups who had surgery.
My skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients. The entire benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the kneww was the placebo effect – Dr. Moseley (Surgeon involved in the study)
Another great example of the placebo effect came from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 1999. The report discovered that half of the severely depressed patients taking drugs improve compared to the thirty-two percent taking a placebo. Don’t forget about all of the side effects and dangers that have been associated with antidepressants every year. Don’t forget that the ‘depression industry’ alone is a multi-billion dollar one.
A 2002 article published in the American Psychological Association’s prevention & treatment, by University of Connecticut psychology professor Irving Kirsch titled, “The Emperor’s New Drugs,” made some more shocking discoveries. He found that 80 percent of the effect of antidepressants, as measured in clinical trials, could be attributed to the placebo effect. This professor even had to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get information on the clinical trials of the top antidepressants.
Body functions are coordinated by the mind, and you are the mind. So who’s in charge here?
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Basically, placebo = pretend … make-believe which the person believes. But this belief is exactly what makes it real, with very real changes and outcomes in the ‘real world’.
This puts a lovely twist on our desire to place a well-defined line between what we call reality and what we call imagination or illusion. This changes from moment to moment as our beliefs change.
Your reality is exactly what you believe it to be. Therefore, if you wish to change your reality, you simply need to change your beliefs and expectations about what that can be.
A 2004 article by Mike Adams describes an experiment where Parkinson’s disease patients underwent a surgical procedure that transplanted human neurons into their brains. Half the patients had no neurons transplanted at all, having fake surgery and being told by their doctor that the neurons had been transplanted.
Even those patients who received the placebo showed significant improvements in brain and body function a full twelve months later.
The belief that they had the surgery was enough for them to expect the healing process to take place. Their bodies responded to this expectation and self-healing kicked in.