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Originally, a placebo was a substance that a well-meaning doctor would give to a patient, telling him that it was a powerful drug (e.g., a painkiller), when in fact it was nothing more than a sugar pill. Thus, Hooper's medical dictionary of 1811 says placebo is "an epithet given to any medicine adapted more to please than benefit the patient." The subsequent reduction of the patient's symptoms was attributed to the patient's belief in the drug. (This category, particularly before the first Medicines Act was passed, may merge into fake medicines.)
It is universally accepted that, for a placebo response to occur, the subject must believe an effective medication (or other treatment) has been administered to them, but must not know it is an ineffective placebo. This is quite different from the case of an "active drug", where the drug response is generated even in the case of covert administration, in other words regardless of whether the patient knows or doesn't know they have received any medication.
US experts say they have strong scientific proof that mind over matter works for relieving pain. Positive thinking was as powerful as a shot of morphine for relieving pain and reduced activity in parts of the brain that process pain information.
The Wake Forest University researchers say their findings show that by merely expecting pain to be less it will be less. Their work is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr Robert Coghill and his team studied 10 normal, healthy volunteers who had a heat simulator applied to their legs while their brains were being scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
The heat simulator was used to produce pain and fMRI was used to map brain activity....
American researchers from the Department on Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale University, conducted a study to determine how positive self-perceptions on getting older affected individuals health.
The study was made up of 660 participants aged 50 and older who took part in a community-based study. The researchers found that individuals who had a positive outlook towards ageing lived up to 7.5 years longer than those who begrudged getting older.
The participants had responded to a survey 23 years earlier. Even after factors such as age, gender, socioeconomic status, loneliness and health were taken into account, the longevity benefit remained. Positive self-perception also had an effect on individual’s will to live.
Imagine how many experiences you could have in seven years. That’s nearly a decade added to your life just by having a positive attitude.
Originally posted by MarkusMaximus
Not to open a can of worms or anything, but have any of you seen the movies "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
Originally posted by Rilence
I was just randomly browsing thru the site and I came across your post, Swordsman...
If the old ATS way above system still existed, you would have had my vote hands down...All I can offer is a measly star
Anywho...Your post with its references to healing thyself before one sets out to heal others struck a major chord with me...
And i truly thank you for that