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Video: Inert Placebos Act Like Drugs In Your Mind

Over the centuries, medical prescriptions included animal dung, lizard blood, frog sperm, crab eyes, and countless potentially deadly substances.  Patients actually got well on these and hundreds of other useless and dangerous substances.  The reason patients recovered was because what they were actually being administered was hope and an expectation of getting well. Surprisingly often, when the patient trusts the physician and the physician believes in the treatment, the patient […]

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Video: What You Believe Dramatically Affects Your Health

In a study from Japan, a harmless leaf was rubbed on the forearms of a group of teenage boys who were known to be allergic to an Asian version of poison ivy. The boys were told it was poison ivy. They all broke out in a rash that looked exactly like the rash caused by […]

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Video: The Mind Overrides Medical Treatment

This is a case study of a woman treated for intractable asthma with what both the doctor and the patient believed was a powerful new, experimental drug. The doctor, in disbelief over the rapid cure using the drug, believed the drug company had sent a placebo. To test whether the drug supplied to him by […]

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Video: The Mind Can Heal the Body

In a study at Baylor College of Medicine, researchers divided of group of patients who needed arthroscopic knee repair into two groups. One group got the arthroscopic surgery. The other group got sham surgery, whereby the holes were made for the scopes, but no scope was actually inserted. This second group did not receive any […]

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Video: The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind

When Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients were given a placebo that they believed was the same drug that had previously controlled their PD symptoms, they got that same symptom relief from the placebo. What happened was that their powerful beliefs actually catalyzed dopamine synthesis in their brains. In states of perfect health, our brains synthesize all […]

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Video: Your Mind Can Neutralize Allergens and Even Some Toxins

In this video, I mentioned the Japanese study in which poison ivy was rubbed on the forearms of boys known to be allergic to the plant. In the first part of the experiment, a poison ivy leaf was rubbed on the forearms of teenage boys known to be allergic to it, yet, the boys were […]

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Video: Reading the Label Listing Side Effects May Be Bad for Your Health

Placebos are biochemically inert substances that are harmless in and of themselves. Biochemically, there are no side effects from placebos. However, when study participants take a placebo, believing it to be the real drug, they commonly experience the same side effects as many people experience when actually taking the real drug. This is an example […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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Chronic Illness Q&A with Dr. B.

This question & answer column is for people living with chronic health challenges and their family caregivers, who want to learn to increase the odds of improving their health by learning to live with mastery & wellbeing. I invite you to post your questions in the comments box below. When I get a certain number […]

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