The notion that brain power alone is enough to cure a disease has been the subject of continued debate and some biting criticism.
But the fact is that individuals often respond dramatically if they think they’re being administered a drug, even when given a sugar pill or placebo.
Our belief system gives us more healing power than we realize. If we think we’re being treated, our body will shift into defense mode even without medication.
In one placebo study, a group of patients was told they were being given medication that would trigger pronounced stomach activity. Shortly after taking the placebo, two-thirds of the subjects experienced strong stomach churning. Their belief in the medication actually caused the physical response.
Other studies done on patients suffering from heart disease, arthritis, and skin disorders have demonstrated similar results, which explains why so many useless drugs and health products work on people who truly believe they will.
It’s not the drug but the brain that is responsible for the physiological response.
Even surgery can elicit the placebo effect.
In one hospital study done back in the 1950s, researchers wanted to see if heart patients with poor circulation would respond to something called “sham surgery,” in which physicians make skin incisions in order to mimic real operations. Following surgery, almost half of the sham operated patients had marked improvement in blood flow.
Typically, patients having the greatest placebo effects are the ones who participate actively in their own healing. They follow directions, have positive attitudes, and are confident that their illnesses will be treated successfully.
Which proves one thing: that something within all of us, because of signals evoked from the brain, is being triggered to enhance the healing process.
If we strip ourselves down to what we’re all composed of – a complex system of molecules, chemicals, and nerve connections that all interact and respond to our mental suggestions – it makes sense that the placebo effect is really nothing more than a normal immune response.
How else can we explain what some people call miracle cures and some experts refer to as unexplained spontaneous healing.
SPONTANEOUS HEALING :
Coincidence or a Fact of Biology
Why don’t we hear more about the cancer patient who is given six months to live but is still alive six years later_ Or about a tumor that doesn’t respond to chemotherapy, yet begins to shrink after the patient decides to use imaging and other alternative therapies to treat himself_ Part of the answer may be ignorance, but much of it has to do with arrogance on the part of the medical establishment and the fear of ridicule by editors of major medical journals.
After spending four years as a researcher at a medical school and teaching hospital, I’d learned that doctors, while they may think of themselves as scientists, are sometimes narrow-minded when it comes to non-traditional methods of healing.
Journal editors are usually physicians who work at these medical schools or at research hospitals and who view with skepticism anything that cannot be measured by experimentation.
What they allow in print are papers and abstracts that conform to rigid standards of science, filled with statistics, graphs, charts, blind, and double blind studies, all designed to prove or disprove everything but what may really be going on in unexplained cases we should be trying our hardest to learn everything we can about.
Medical researchers who try and submit an article about an unexplained spontaneous healing to a major journal have better odds of winning the lottery than having their study published. It’s difficult for scientists to accept or confirm what cannot be tested or proven.
Self-healing, in many cases, can’t be explained to anyone’s satisfaction. And that’s precisely why individuals looking for facts about self-healing are forced to go elsewhere for advice and information.
A physician friend of mine had told me that 85 percent of the patients that walk through his office every day cure themselves. Most doctors can’t accept that because it makes them feel less significant.
But simply put, spontaneous healing occurs because something inside of us causes a major response in our immune system.
The dozen or so types of white blood cells produced by our lymphatic system, spleen, and thymus, rather than be suppressed, literally flood our body and attack everything that is foreign and causes illness. We shouldn’t be surprised at all that this happens.
If it didn’t, we would be getting diseases constantly and dying at rates that would quickly wipe out the human population.
What should surprise us is that we aren’t being told that immunity can be strengthened significantly through brain conditioning, and that one of the greatest facts of biology is that the body very often heals itself without our even knowing it.