You know the phrase, “perception is reality”? Or how about the widely embraced idea that we as human beings create our experience of reality based on the beliefs we hold and focus on? Time and time again, studies of the placebo effect prove these concepts to be true facts.
Medicine.net defines the placebo effect as “a remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo — a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution — can sometimes improve a patient’s condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful.”
Thanks to the placebo effect, we know conclusively that what a person believes can absolutely affect their biology as much as any other aspect of their life. It can alter the reality of their physical health to be experienced as unhealthy or healthy; diseased or disease-free.
Of course, this truth is probably not something the medical industry wants you to live by. If you concluded that you’re powerful enough to heal yourself and keep yourself healthy simply because you believe it to be so, why would you need doctors or drugs?
Besides, there is still tremendous need for medicine and the professionals who deliver it. Antibiotics and emergency surgeries save lives daily. Clearly, medicine is highly valuable and provides critical benefits. However, in the alternative health arena, many people question whether certain drugs and procedures (with their serious side effects) are the best solutions for their health concerns.
That said, it’s important to remember that in the placebo effect studies mentioned below, the patients truly believed that they were taking real medicine or receiving an actual procedure. Because of the proven efficacy of medicine, they believed that a certain medicine or procedure would help them get better — although at the end of the day, it was really just their belief that helped them, because the so-called treatments were fake.
Learn how the power of the placebo effect has helped people heal their knee problems and beat depression by reading this article excerpt from Collective Evolution, via Spirit Science (source links below):
“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.
A Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002 in the New England Journal of Medicine, (1) 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.
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 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.
Researchers all over the world have found that placebo treatments can stimulate real biological and physiological responses. Everything from changes in heart rate to blood pressure and even chemical activity in the brain. It’s been effective with a number of different ailments from arthritis, depression, fatigue, anxiety, Parkinson’s and more.
So what does this mean?
It means that through the power of belief, your biological body can react in a necessary way to target whatever ailment you are experiencing. Thoughts, feelings, and emotions are directly responsible for changing your biology.”
Read the full article at the wonderful sources below.
The placebo effect is sort of like training wheels on the bicycle of our self-empowerment; many of us aren’t yet ready to take the step of believing we can heal ourselves or we wouldn’t participate in placebo studies to begin with. But hopefully, once we finally understand — and, most importantly, believe — that our beliefs shape our reality, including that of our physical state, we can let go of our dependence on external sources to make us feel better. We can become better by believing it is so, and, of course, by taking actions and behaving in ways that support a reality of health and well being.
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