I must direct your attention to the Nocebo Effect, because I care.
Essentially, it’s when doctors and other health practitioners ‘place a hex on you’, when giving you an intentionally or unintentionally negative prognosis. I believe everyday people do this to us, as well. That’s when they we Pet The Monkey, and they leave the monkey on our back.
The key to their success in filling us with fear, is us, though. If we believe their rendition of our story, we will become victims, and there is a great livelihood that their false predictions, will become real. I say to you, don’t believe the hype so quickly.
Always embrace a ‘greater good’, over a negative one, but do be practical. Don’t totally ignore the nocebo news. Just don’t let it affect you negatively. The outcome that the doctors says, could be true for most, but it does not necessarily have to be true for you. Also, place equal value how you feel. This is a huge indicator of your well-being that’s often overlooked. Doctors don’t really know how you feel inside. You clearly do! Just be careful, for if you embrace bad outcomes, it could change your good feelings into a genuine illness.
I have experienced the Nocebo Effect with many doctors, for myself, and when caring for my mother Eunice. Doctors regularly gave grave predictions that never happened. In a recent case, I had a doctor recommend x-rays, MRI, biopsy, and even surgery for a swollen lymph node.
When they told me that I could have cancer, it really threw me off track. I was up at nights, over-researching, and it even drove me to smoking, after quitting for years. I am embarrassed to admit this, but this is ‘real talk’. After weeks of this torment, I decided that I would not embrace my own defeat, by embracing his God-imitating prognosis. I simply knew and proclaimed that everything would be fine. I prayed and meditated on all being fine.
Well, after the biopsy, there was no cancer. The lymph node was swollen from a throat infection, that I ultimately treated naturally. I was quite upset that my doctor’s told me this and that I allowed negativity to impact my peace so dramatically, not to mention the medical bills that followed.
This technique was also used on my mother, when suggesting gallbladder surgery that she didn’t need, nor ever received, at 92 years of age! Thanks to me putting my foot down, my mother’s gallbladder is in heaven with her. Her death had nothing to do with this ‘grave’ condition, as presented.
With regard to the Placebo Effect, when a treatment works, just because you believe it will, I use this to my advantage.
I practice loads of alternative and natural regiments that really work for me. It is possible that they work due to me believing they will, and not due to any real medical powers. That’s fine by me too! If it works due to chemistry, or my belief, doesn’t really matter to me. It works!
Please use the Placebo Effect to your advantage and don’t allow doctors or others to hex you with the Nocebo Effect.
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Most of us have heard of “the placebo effect = Posted Aug 06, 2013
Most of us have heard of “the placebo effect,” the heal-inducing effect patients in clinical trials experience when they believe they’re getting a fancy new drug or surgery but are actually getting fake treatment. The placebo effect is real, it works about 18-80% of the time, and it’s not just in your head – it actually dilates bronchi, heals ulcers, makes warts disappear, drops your blood pressure, and even makes bald men who think they’re getting Rogaine grow hair!
Unwanted Side Effects
But the placebo effect has a shadow side. The same mind-body power that can heal you can also harm you. When patients in double-blinded clinical trials are warned about the side effects they may experience if they’re given the real drug, approximately 25% experience sometimes severe side effects, even when they’re only taking sugar pills.
Those treated with nothing more than placebos often report fatigue, vomiting, muscle weakness, colds, ringing in the ears, taste disturbances, memory disturbances, and other symptoms that shouldn’t result from a sugar pill.
Interestingly, these nocebo complaints aren’t random; they tend to arise in response to the side effect warnings on the actual drug or treatment. The mere suggestion that a patient may experience negative symptoms in response to a medication (or a sugar pill) may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, if you tell a patient treated with a placebo he might experience nausea, he’s likely to feel nauseous. If you suggest that he might get a headache, he may. Patients given nothing but saline who thought it was chemotherapy actually threw up and lost their hair!
When You Think You’re Going To Die…
In another study, patients about to undergo surgery who were “convinced” of their impending death were compared to another group of patients who were merely “unusually apprehensive” about death. While the apprehensive bunch fared pretty well, those who were convinced they were going to die usually did.
Similarly, women who believed they were prone to heart disease were four times more likely to die. It’s not because these women had poorer diets, higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, or stronger family histories than the women who didn’t get heart disease. The only difference between the two groups was their beliefs.
The nocebo effect is probably most obvious in “voodoo death,” when a person is cursed, told they will die, and then dies. The notion of voodoo death doesn’t just apply to witch doctors in tribal cultures. The literature shows that patients believed to be terminal who are mistakenly informed that they have only a few months to live have died within their given time frame, even when autopsy findings reveal no physiological explanation for the early death.
The Moral Of This Story
After reading through the 3500+ case studies documented in the medical literature in the Spontaneous Remission Project(link is external), which was compiled by the Institute of Noetic Sciences(link is external), I now believe there’s no such thing as an incurable illness. If you or someone you love is suffering from a “chronic,” “incurable,” or “terminal” illness and you want to optimize the chance for spontaneous remission, you have to start by cleansing your mind of any negative beliefs that will sabotage your self-healing efforts. My upcoming book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself (which you can now pre-order at Amazon(link is external) or Barnes and Noble(link is external)!) offers tips for how you can change your negative beliefs to positive ones in order to optimize your chances
What Do You Believe?
Do you believe you’ll be on meds for the rest of your life? Are you resigned to the prognosis your doctor gave you? Or are you motivated to try to activate your body’s innate self-repair mechanisms by shifting your beliefs from negative ones to positive ones?
Lissa Rankin, MD: Creator of the health and wellness communities LissaRankin.com(link is external) and OwningPink.com(link is external), author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013), TEDx speaker(link is external), and Health Care Evolutionary. Join her newsletter list(link is external) for free guidance on healing yourself, and check her out on Twitter(link is external) and Facebook(link is external).
Placebos & Nocebos: How Your Brain Heals and Hurts You – 386,661 views – SciShow – Published on Dec 3, 2013
You’ve probably heard how some drugs and treatments make people feel better, even when they turn out to be fake. That’s the placebo effect, but how does it work? And could the same effect backfire, causing your brain to make you feel sick when your body is not? Michael Aranda fills in for Hank and explains how these effects go beyond mere mind-over-matter.