I have been told — and I truly believe — there have been several studies showing that medicines are more effective for treating conditions if the person taking them believes they are going to work.
Some of this might explain what is commonly called “The Placebo Effect.”
The Placebo Effect often occurs when someone is given a medication that actually has no medicinal powers but the medical practitioner administering it tells the patient that it is highly effective in treating certain conditions. It has been observed on numerous occasions over the years that the “Placebos” often invoke the placebo effect and the person being treated reports relief or improvement in the condition.
Before you read any further in this article, you really need to read and understand my disclaimer which can be seen right HERE.
I believe but cannot prove that “Believing” in the efficacy of a medication can and will often increase the positivity of the results of using the medication …. thus in some cases, administering a common inert sugar pill has caused the administrant to report that the sugar pill helped the headache, the muscle ache or whatever the complaint might have been.
Now as to the believing part — There are several methods of “Believing” — There are religious means of believing and there are secular means of believing and it is my contention that in the case of administering the techniques of belief to medicines and to physical symptoms, both the religious method and the secular method will be somewhat equally effective if applied and received properly.
One of the most important tools in preparing the belief mechanisms to work on a condition is to do thorough research on the reasons why the prospective treatment has been effective for others and why it might be effective for you. Find as many reasons as possible to support the belief that the contemplated treatment is going to work. Do not dwell on the miniscule number of cases where the contemplated treatment has failed.
I personally almost refused to submit to a certain “Dye” based radiological test once because I read on the consent sheet that 1 in 1 and a half million people died from taking the dye into their system. Those are awfully favorable odds actually but at the time I was focused on the revelation that at least one person our of a million and a half patients taking the dye had died … and I didn’t want to be Number 2. Looking back on that fear now, I find it to have been irrational. In medical lingo, I learned that the benefits of taking the test far outweighed the risks … which is usually the case in all these kinds of things.
But in conclusion I have to admit that I do believe that the mind has power to help us heal and that if we can learn to focus that mind power on the task of healing then our journey through any malady will be made all the much easier and in many cases, the final outcome will be very much more positive than we might have imagined at the beginning.
There is so much more to this subject that can be covered in a single little blog post and here is one article that I found especially intriguing —
Until next time then,