“…a happy state of mind has a corresponding physiological state as well wherein hormones and neurotransmitters of the central nervous system get kicked into action, thus resulting in an influx of the same into your blood stream. According to scientific evidence, happy and positive states of mind induce major physiological changes that induce good health, because the neurotransmitters that mirror them in the body have a stimulating effect.”
That is what I think is a powerful quote from this article on placebos. Actually God said it first, as He always does (we are just beginning to catch up!) and He said it this way:
Amplified Bible (AMP): “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
The article goes on to specify that the study illustrated why it is the belief that is so powerful – when ulcer patients were administered a drug and assured it was highly effective (even if it was a placebo with no medical value), 70% of the patients improved. When the other group was given the placebo drug but told it was still under trial and they weren’t sure how effective it would be only 25% recovered.
It is not the pill or medication itself – it is the belief that it will help that is so powerful. Isn’t it the same with everything? If you force yourself to exercise and hate every minute and feel like it’s punishment, I would not be surprised if you ended up injuring yourself and then couldn’t work out! If you eat a big salad every day and intentionally think about all the vitamins and minerals you are getting and how much good this is doing for you, I promise you, you will get far more benefit than someone who is scarfing it down just to get it over with.
There is a well-known, dramatic example of this you may be familiar with. It was originally reported by Dr. Bruno Klopfer in the Journal of Projective Techniques in 1957:
A man had metastatic cancer with tumors throughout his body. He tried every available treatment and was now bedridden and struggling to breathe. His doctors felt he had days left to live. The patient heard about an experimental drug and begged his doctors to get him included in the trials. The doctors felt there was nothing to lose and agreed. His tumors began to shrink and he was actually discharged from the hospital! Two months later he read in the paper that there were serious doubts about the drug’s effectiveness. Within days his tumors returned and he was in a life-threatening condition again. His doctors convinced him a new, more potent form of the drug was now available and actually administered plain water to him. Again his tumors began to shrink and he remained healthy for 7 months – until another news report declared tests proved the drug was worthless as a cancer treatment. He died two days later.
In what ways have you experienced the truth of this in your life?
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