Two summers ago I read the book The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton. This is an extraordinary book about the power of our thoughts and the impact they have on us.
Research that analyzed the results of 84 clinical drug trials from 1990 to 2013 for medications prescribed to treat chronic pain, found that in the US the placebo effect has been steadily increasing. By 2013, patients receiving just placebos remarkably experienced an average of a 30% decrease in pain levels.
This demonstrates that belief can be a powerful key that allows us to unlock mental states and abilities that we might not otherwise be able to access.
As Bruce H. Lipton explains, “If the brain expects that a treatment will work, it sends healing chemicals into the bloodstream to facilitate it. That’s why the placebo effect is so powerful for every type of healing. And the opposite is equally true and equally powerful: When the brain expects that a therapy will not work, it doesn’t. It’s called the nocebo effect.”
Definitely something to “think about.