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