Why a Placebo Can Relieve Constipation But Won’t Make You Fly

placebo-effect  The power of placebos is a well-established fact.  Even the most avowed pessimists who claim that there is not mind/body connection must affirm it.  If you’re unfamiliar – a placebo is an inert pill (a sugar pill, for example) which the recipient believes is an actual drug or medicine.

We’ve known for quite some time that placebos work at a very effective rate, which can be surprising considering they contain no actual active ingredients (i.e. they contain no medicine).  Obviously, the only explanation for their power to produce the same results expected from the actual drug is the power of your mind.  That and the syphonophoric relationship (and I think I just made up a new word there 😉 ) between your mind and your body.

Yet, did you also know that the effectiveness of placebos rises over time?  Corresponding with societal acceptance of, and belief in, the drug the placebo is masquerading as?

Your Belief Often Makes a Sugar Pill the “Real Thing”

This little-known fact culled from research speaks even more clearly to the dynamic relationship between your beliefs and your life experiences(Click that link to Tweet it)

Allow me to elaborate with this example:

Before the introduction of well known anti-depression drugs such Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil, anti-depression medications were not as socially acceptable as they are now.  And they were associated with intense psychiatric treatment. That’s not true now; people talk openly about taking medications like Prozac and don’t feel ashamed about taking these medications.  The modern citizen doesn’t doubt these drugs’ effectiveness, nor that they are needed by many people.

How did that change?

The modern marketing of pharmaceuticals not only erased the stigma of such medications and made them more socially acceptable, but it also strongly imprinted the idea that they worked into the brains of Western consumers.  We (society, as a whole) now believe in drugs like Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil.

Why am I telling you all this?  Because when these anti-depressant drugs were first introduced, the research yielded a minute effectiveness rate for the placebos.  When the drugs were new, the placebos didn’t work. Today, however, when research is conducted using these types of anti-depressant drugs, the placebos have an effectiveness rate of 75%.

Now that the drugs are familiar, and we believe in them, the placebos work 3 out of 4 times.

Who Put the “Real” Drug Into That Sugar Pill?

What has changed?

  • The drugs are the same.
  • The placebos are the same.
  • The only thing different are the beliefs of the research participants.

Pretty powerful testimony to the vigorous relationship between our minds and bodies.  And of how the coherence our beliefs create forms the material reality we experience.  Your belief is so powerful, it turns out, that we are left with the question, “What is the ‘real thing’?  Is ‘real’ found in the ‘thing’, itself, or is ‘real’ completely subjective and left up to our minds and beliefs to decide?(Click that link to Tweet it)

Try operating, today, as if the later part of that question is true.  Because…it is.

And stay tuned to this website for more tips and techniques about using new paradigms from quantum physics to align your life with your desires…

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  1. Greg, I truly believe in the mind body connection. Personally, I don’t take anything but natural remedies if necessary. I never get sick…not even a cold! I BELEIVE that ailments are as a result of energy blockages brought on by the thoughts we entertain. That’s why meditation is so helpful, especially with the daily “stresses” in life. Thanks for sharing this!

    • You bet, Trish.

      I always enjoy hearing from you and I know that most of the time I’m “preaching to the choir” when you’re reading. And that’s a pretty cool energy!

      I love the fact that we can make personal use of these “mysteries” and grow a greater Greg, Trish, Frank, Joe, Susan, etc. in the process!

      Thanks for letting me know this resonated with you.

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