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The Placebo and Nocebo Effect

Have you ever heard that between one-third and two-thirds of all healing is down to the placebo effect, not therapies, drugs or surgery? The placebo is just a sugar-pill where the patient is healed by the belief they’ll get better: positive thinking.

Now the nocebo effect is equally powerful, caused by negative thoughts. The belief you have a terminal illness can actually cause you to die, and negative thinking is much more common in our current world. So we need other people to believe in a ‘miracle’ for it to happen. If others think something isn’t possible, we may not be able to do it, being around them.

And it’s not just your thoughts, it’s those around you. I could read your brain activity through MEG, an upgrade on EEG, which doesn’t actually touch the head – it’s reading your thoughts from outside your head. Your brain sends out vibrations all the time, and your thoughts affect your life and other people’s. They pick up these thoughts and get changed by them. That’s why, say, a pacifist gets caught up in a riot situation. It’s a field of vibrations – you can feel someone else’s thoughts when close to them.

Essentially it is about being mindful, living in the present moment. Importantly undoing the subconscious programming each of us “downloaded” during the childhood and the last trimester in our mother’s womb.

The Biology of Belief - Dr Bruce Lipton

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