This Just May Be The Only Pill You Ever Need To Take For Pain Relief?

What if there was a single pill you could take, that has absolutely zero side-effects, is not addictive, is cheap and readily available, without prescription and could completely cure you of your aches and pains – even chronic pain?

Long term back ache? Gone in 4 weeks!

Chronic knee or hip pain? Walk freely and easily with one pill a day for total relief.

What if you are suffering depression? The same pill can have you feeling normal!

The pill is called ‘Placebo’, a term we get from the Latin ‘Placere’ meaning to please and means: “I shall be acceptable and/or pleasing.”

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The ‘active’ ingredient in the Placebo is not a chemical or a natural plant product – it is our own human brain! For reasons not yet fully understood the taking of the placebo (which contains nothing which is known to produce any observable effect on humans!) modifies the way our brain behaves. This has been directly observed in subjects via MRI machines that scan a person’s brain activity in real time. In one example the subject’s brainwaves were observed to move more into the ‘Alpha’ wave patterns (deep relaxation/light sleep pattern) and endorphins, the body’s natural, pain-killer analgesic drug, were released into the bloodstream as a result.

The catch is that although the results are genuine and proven and repeatable under controlled conditions, the rate of effectiveness varies from a lower rate of around 17% (1 in 6) to as much as 75% (3 of every 4) of the people tested.

The following video runs for 59 mins and gives an interesting study as well as some very interesting background and personal perspectives on it’s effectiveness and also gives a few ideas that can take the placebo effect to the next level.

https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1433128003963/michael-mosleys-placebo-experiment (only available for another 2 weeks)

The following article gives more detail on the effect and how it can be improved upon:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/au/blog/brain-sense/201201/the-placebo-effect-how-it-works

This article has found the placebo effect can be predicted as to who is likely to gain from it and by how much:

http://time.com/5392687/placebo-effect-pain/

The human brain is a truly amazing thing and it would benefit us all in so many ways if we learn more about it and what it can do for us that we currently may know little to nothing about.

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5 comments

    • You’re thinking logically and rationally! 🙂

      Our brain is capable of doing that but it does not always work in the same fashion!

      Chronic pain sufferers who received placebos and reported significant improvements and health gains from what they believed must have been the ‘real’ pill continued to either use the pill or feel the same benefit after being told the pill contained no active component!

      Most trials indicate consistently similar benefits even when the patients are aware they are taking a placebo, with many trials finding the pill is as effective as some of the commonly taken drugs in terms of the numbers who gain significant health improvement! The effect also has a lot to do with the level and quality of the concern and advice given by the doctor to the patient – the greater the doctor seems to listen, explain and care for them, the better the placebo (or real pill) seems to work.

      This may imply that many, perhaps most, pills really do no more than taking a sugar pill would in terms of actual ‘curing’ or relief of pain. Simply – our bodies in many cases can and do heal themselves and we just assume it was actually the pill that did it.

      Given the placebo has now been ‘observed’ actually acting and affecting our brain behaviour and is known to be a real and effective form of treatment (in a known percentage of patients with many different complaints) I wonder about the possibility (not yet proven as far as i’ve found) of the reverse placebo effect – where we suffer a condition because of what our brain is telling us rather than us ‘getting’ some actual illness or injury that makes us continue to feel pain, even long after any event. From the stats on placebo reducing/eliminating illness/pain it might be that around a 1/3rd of complaints are purely because our brain has ‘decided’ we are ill/in pain rather than any other direct cause.

      Think about anorexia and bulimia for example, these are, as far as we know, purely the action of our brain and not any external mechanism infecting us that makes sufferers do the damage to their bodies that the condition causes.

      It may be this kind that our brain then ‘cures’ via a placebo or it may be in addition, or in combination, to ‘real’ causes of illness.

      Our health might fit into 3 categories of perhaps equal proportion: 1/3rd which can be purely a mental (brain initiated) illness; 1/3rd being ‘real’ illness our brains have little affect in causing or curing; and 1/3rd which we can cure just by taking a placebo with the support of a caring doctor.

      Given that as many as 72% of certain patients can benefit from placebos in some trials the figures obviously can’t be taken too literally, but i’d like there to be more research into the idea so we might be able to vastly reduce the amount of potentially unneeded medicines we in the West swallow daily by the millions, if not billions. ( I currently am taking 8 pills per day and 2 injections for arthritis, pancreatic failure and a transplanted kidney. 😦

      One last point, from what i’ve seen and read i don’t think the effect would be as powerful or as common if we just went to the store and bought our placebo pill from a shopkeeper. Our brains seem to prefer believing in something when it is ‘added’ to in some way by the interest and concern for our well-being of other individuals like doctors or researchers.

      What you feel about your doctor at the time you go to see them and the feedback they give seems to be a strong factor in our ability to feel good in and about ourselves.

      As you may have discovered with your most recent experience! 😉

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  1. I wish they worked for me. As it is, though, when a pill stops working, I stop using it for a while. I refuse to keep upping doses because that always works out badly. Even REAL pills often don’t work on me. For example, sleeping pills have no effect on me. None at all. I might as well have taken a sugar pill.

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    • Since the placebo is now known to actively affect our brains functions in a manner that is similar, if not identical, to the way a ‘real’ (define ‘real’) pill does, I believe there is every possibility that there is a corresponding effect that can be induced in our brains which reduces or negates the effects of the ‘real’ pill. If we don’t really believe it will work for us – then it won’t. The positive placebo results averages to about 1 in 3 of those tested (but up to 72% in some trials) so there may be a similar ratio of people who take pills that reduce or prevent the intended action of the pill. ( Who says it has to be only one way?) Similarly who says our illnesses are not produced from a form of the placebo efffect – our mind and body combine to generate the illness which it is then capable of curing in a reverse manner given ‘support’.

      Part of the effect is down to the degree to which you consciously (or perhaps sub-conciously) connect with the doctor/researcher prescribing you the medication/placebo. the more competent you feel they are and how well they listen to you/understand you the more positive is any self-healing effect.

      That is a key point.. perhaps ‘placebo’ should be renamed as ‘the self-healing pill’ as it is literally the case that our mind and body is capable, in many cases, of healing itself.

      Of course if this information became widely known the pharmaceutical industry would stand to lose hundreds of billions of dollars. I don’t see them likely to fund much research into this area any time soon!

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