We know the healing benefits of placebo happen. We know a lot of ways to enhance its effectiveness or hinder it. It’s fascinating to let all the ways you might use placebo chase around your brain.
Drug companies have had such a hard time outperforming placebo they used their political pull so they only have to beat other poorly performing drugs that don’t do as well as placebo.
If the placebo effect is subtracted from what little mainstream medical achieves, would there be anything left?
Mainstream medical is still king in the emergency room.
We know that knee surgeries don’t do quite as well as pretend operations relying on totally on placebo. Placebo performs as well and doesn’t have the same level of infections.
Cancer chemo only has a success rate of 2.75%. We now know that people who don’t take chemo are more likely to live longer than those who do get chemo.
Do you remember the HIV racket? Where those who tested positive for HIV died within weeks after being given massive doses of drugs that destroyed the immune system.
Slowly people began to take less and lived longer. Until it was finally discovered that if you didn’t take the drugs because you tested positive for HIV – and were otherwise healthy – you didn’t die. While those who took the drugs destroyed their immune systems and succumbed to most anything.
If we depend on drugs and the integrity of the drug pushers, we are missing an opportunity to explore and have tremendous amounts of influence over our own health.
Start with the audio to learn a bit more about how to activate your mind for pain relief:
How the Power of Your Mind Can Influence Your Healing and Recovery
By Dr. Mercola
By definition, a placebo is an inert, innocuous substance that has no effect on your body. Placebos, such as sugar pills, are therefore used as controls against which the effects of modern-day medical treatments are measured.
However, the placebo-effect, in which a patient believes he or she is getting an actual drug and subsequently feels better, despite receiving no “active” treatment at all, has become a well-recognized phenomenon.
A number of studies have revealed that placebos can work just as well as potent drugs. Sham surgery has even been shown to produce results that are equal to actual surgery!
Indeed, mounting research suggests this “power of the mind,” or power of belief, can be a very healing force. Studies into the placebo effect also show that many conventional treatments “work” because of the placebo effect and little else.
The idea that “perception is everything” certainly appears to hold true when it comes to medical treatment, and this includes perceptions about quality and price. Oftentimes, the more expensive the drug is the more effective it isbelieved to be—even if there’s no evidence to support such a belief.
Cost is simply associated with quality in general. One recent study highlights this intriguing connection between perception of quality based on cost, belief in relief, and measurable recovery.
Parkinson’s Patients Improve from Belief in Expensive Drug Treatment
The randomized, double-blind study1,2 was small, comprised of only a dozen patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, but the findings suggest that simply believing that you’re receiving an expensive drug can produce beneficial effects, including actual biological changes.
As reported by MedicineNet.com:
“On average, patients had bigger short-term improvements in symptoms like tremor and muscle stiffness when they were told they were getting the costlier of two drugs. In reality, both ‘drugs’ were nothing more than saline, given by injection.
But the study patients were told that one drug was a new medication priced at $1,500 a dose, while the other cost just $100 — though, the researchers assured them, the medications were expected to have similar effects.”
Not only did patients exhibit greater improvements in movement after receiving the pricier of the two placebos, MRI scans also revealed differences in brain activity between the two placebo groups. In those who thought they were receiving a pricey new drug, the brain activity was more similar to people receiving an actual drug for Parkinson’s.
Neurologist Dr. Peter LeWitt noted that:4,5 “Even a condition with objectively measured signs and symptoms can improve because of the placebo effect,” adding that this phenomenon is not exclusive to Parkinson’s patients.
The placebo effect has been noted in a variety of treatments, including treatments for depression, headaches, and degenerative meniscal tears, just to name a few.
Juxtaposed to these latest findings is previous research in which the placebo effect was found to produce marked effects even when no deception was involved at all.
In one trial, nearly 60 percent of patients given a placebo pill, who were toldthey were receiving a placebo, reported adequate relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Only 35 percent of those who received no treatment at all reported adequate relief.
What Makes the Placebo Effect Work?…