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Today, October 26th, 2016.
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“a beneficial effect, produced by a placebo drug or treatment, that cannot be attributed to the properties of the placebo itself, and must therefore be due to the patient’s belief in that treatment.”
I finished listening to a podcast on placebo/nocebo and the power of our mind on Tim Ferriss’ show.
This is one of my favorite subjects – mind over matter, in this case over … biology?
There is undeniable placebo effect working in our body all the time, not some time but all the time, in our body and in our life.
Some people say it’s BS, the whole placebo thing, but that only seems that way because we don’t understand every single piece of the puzzle just yet, that’s why for the most part it sounds unscientific. – We don’t know exactly how belief works on a physical level. And anything that we don’t understand completely seems like magic to us. It’s human bias. But in my opinion denying evidence and calling it magic, because there is no scientific explanation just yet, when it obviously works, is ignorance.
Gravity can seem like magic and God’s power to someone who experience it for the first time and don’t understand the physics behind it.
The same with placebo, nocebo, instant healing, curses and blessings and other “miracles”- just because we can’t prove something yet doesn’t mean it’s BS. If something doesn’t fit into existing theories – we got to work harder on coming up with better theories, not ignore the evidence.
Why it’s important to you?
Even though we don’t know how exactly, we know that belief does work. If you believe you can achieve and do something – you can, if you believe you can’t – you are absolutely right too. The reality “bends” according to what model of it you have in your head.
How to check what kind of beliefs you have?
Ask yourself more often, “If I were to believe that I can achieve my goal 100%, what would I do today, now, every day? How would I talk, behave, walk, think?”
Once you figure out what you believe to be true about yourself, your capabilities and life, you might start working on changing and adjusting your beliefs to meet you desires, that is quite challenging task, that no one has the exact formula for.
First step is certain though – you need to figure out what those beliefs that help you or sabotage you are.
First step is awareness.
The next best step I came up with?
Act as if you are already what you want to be.
Live it. Feel it. Do it.
You don’t get healthy and stay healthy.
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DO SOMETHING YOU BELIEVE IN
And here is an extra Bite of Health.
“Your brain has expectations, and it doesn’t want to be wrong. So when it’s wrong, it just makes up the difference.”
– Erik Vance
Erik Vance (@erikvance) is an award-winning science writer based in California and Mexico City. After working as a scientist on research projects dealing with dolphin intelligence and coastal ecology, he became an educator and then an environmental consultant. In 2005, he attended UC Santa Cruz’s famed Science Communication Program and discovered a passion for journalism. Since then, he has built his career around science-based profiles of inspiring or controversial figures. His work has appeared in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, Scientific American, and National Geographic. He is also a contributing editor at Discover Magazine.
His latest book is Suggestible You: The Curious Science of Your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform, and Heal. This riveting narrative explores the world of placebos, hypnosis, false memories, and neurology to reveal the groundbreaking science of our suggestible minds. Could the secrets to personal health lie within our own brains? Erik’s firsthand dispatches will change the way you think — and feel.
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