Monday, March 30, 2015

The Placebo Effect Explained – The Amazing Power of Consciousness | "All is Mind" Mental Entrainment

Why does the Placebo Effect work? Although modern science has yet to answer this essential question about health, the answer can be found within the ancient schools of thought about the mind, one being Hermeticism.

Within Natural Law, the principle of Mentalism states that: ALL is mind, everything is a mental projection from an intelligence.

Within a materialist perspective this doesn't make sense, because the body is viewed as being unintelligent and mindless. But in reality, the body and all things have a degree of intelligence and therefore are mental, as we discussed in the presentation The Orders of Life, Consciousness Evolution and Personality Emergence.

So how does it work?

Entrainment is the ability for information to be transmitted between two things that are resonant with each other. The minds information, with a larger and stronger signal, is transmitted to the smaller "minds" within each cell, which entrains into the larger system. This can easily be seen with metronome synchronizing:

This is where it gets interesting. Our bodies, as well as our minds, are part of a holistic system within the universe, organized around the golden mean ratio. Nassim Haramein recently proved this with his scaling law:

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What this means, is that by default, our minds and bodies are made of the same 'stuff' and as such are resonant with each other. The life within our bodies is entrained by our own minds. This is why stress causes disease if left unchecked, and why belief can heal, if the thought is resonant. 

When a placebo is provided to someone, they recognize it within their minds as something designed to heal them. Within the Occult and Magical Schools of thought this is known as a talisman, which is charged with mental energy (the meaning you assign to it) and opens your mind to the idea that it will heal you. This has a physiological effect on living systems within our bodies, literally organizing them (via Electromagnetic induction between the brain and heart) entraining the life to the 'thought form' or belief of healing.

What this proves is that a thought has a geometry to it, made of a standing wave or Scalar wave, which sends information via electromagnetic fields to the 'minds' in our bodies, the cells. Thoughts are images, hence the world imagination - the creation of images within the mind. But the quality of the images we create, determines its ability to entrain information, to heal in this case.

The reason we can not normally affect healing without a placebo is because we have not developed the ability to imagine clearly; mental mastery. The images we need to create healing are hidden within the unconscious mind, and the placebo acts as a focus point, allowing those images to form a conscious idea of healing; the belief that we will be healed. 

This is why belief is so powerful, and more importantly, why developing our mental abilities of imagination is essential for not only being healthy, but nearly everything we do. 

We covered the deeper meanings of the Placebo effect in the post Keys to Living - Positive and Negative Knowledge: Fearlessness, Self Mastery and Healing the body.
- Justin

Source - Waking Times 

Keith R. Holden, M.D., Contributor

Research on the placebo effect is revealing some amazing discoveries about the power of belief. Placebos were created to control for suggestion, imagination, and bias in both investigators and patients in clinical studies.(1) At the time placebos were first introduced into medical research, investigators didn’t know how they produced their effects. As the field of neuroscience has evolved, it is becoming clear that belief induced within the context surrounding the placebo produces very specific and powerful physiologic effects.
Research shows there are actually multiple placebo effects. In other words, there are multiple ways the placebo influences the body-mind to heal depending upon the therapy or condition being treated. This research shows that the placebo effect is mediated by the release of neurotransmitters, consistently impacts certain areas of the brain, and even mirrors the action of pharmaceutical drugs on human physiology.(2)
Randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trials are the gold standard for proving effectiveness of a medication. The placebo – a pill containing no active substance – is used in these trials to act as a comparison for the active drug being tested. If you say the words ‘placebo effect’ to a pharmaceutical industry researcher, they might cringe. This is because it is not uncommon for the placebo to beat the active drug in clinical trials, and this is especially true for antidepressants.
Antidepressants versus placebos
In 1998, researchers published a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of sixteen antidepressant medications. They found that 25% of the effectiveness was due to the specific action of the drug, 25% was due to spontaneous remission, and 50% was due to the placebo effect.(3) Ten years later another meta-analysis of antidepressant clinical trials for four modern antidepressants was published. It showed antidepressants were clinically significant in only a few relatively small studies conducted on extremely severely depressed patients. For moderately depressed patients, these antidepressants had no effect at all.(4)

The mind as healer

Research on the placebo effect proves the mind is capable of great feats in healing the body, which is really not a surprise given that the body is an infinitely intelligent organism. Humans have been healing themselves long before the invention of modern medicine techniques. Indigenous shamans have been facilitating healing for thousands of years, often in conjunction with the placebo effect. They gave patients hope, and through expectation, the mind initiated the changes in physiology for the body to heal.

Psychosocial factors of placebo

It turns out that the placebo effect is the power of belief, and is related to multiple psychosocial factors. One factor is expectation, which relates to a reduction in anxiety or in expectation of reward. Learning is another factor related to conditioning through giving a medication prior to a placebo, or social learning whereby patients heal because they see others heal.(5)
The placebo effect provides insight into the complexity of consciousness and how little we really know about the mind and its ability to heal. But the scientific evidence is accumulating and points towards the possibility that the mind has an unlimited healing ability. This makes total sense to me, but skeptics don’t like common sense until the science proves it. They should be prepared to wait a very long time before science proves everything.

Placebos mimic drug effects in the body

Research shows that a placebo exactly mimics a drug’s effect when the patient has been exposed to the drug prior to the placebo. This has been shown with pain medications, an immune suppressing medication, an anti-Parkinson’s agent, and an anti-anxiety drug. What’s even more amazing is that the placebo effect can even be quantified based on what is told to the patient regarding the likelihood they will be getting a drug.(6)

Ritual of the therapeutic act

The placebo effect is a mind-body phenomenon that starts in the brain, results in clinical improvement, and is intimately related to the ritual of the therapeutic act. This ritual involves things such as the people in the room, spoken words, syringes or other devices, and even the color of a pill.
One of the most important factors that trigger expectations and belief is a verbal suggestion. Verbal suggestions are frequently given in clinical studies of the placebo effect, and these words as part of the therapeutic ritual have powerful effects on the body. This is an important concept to remember because your own words based on your innate beliefs are part of your own therapeutic ritual every single day of your life.
Fabrizio Benedetti, M.D., one of the world’s lead researchers on the placebo effect says, “In fact, what is emerging today from a strict scientific standpoint is that the very ritual of the therapeutic act can change the patient’s brain, thus anybody who performs a therapeutic ritual can influence the physiology of the patient’s brain and obtain positive effects.”(7)

Your body-mind is listening

The placebo effect emphasizes the importance of belief in overall health and wellness. Be positive in what you say and be discerning about what you believe. Your body-mind is listening.
About the Author
Dr. Keith Holden is a physician who is board certified in Internal Medicine and trained in Functional Medicine. He has a special interest in parapsychology, mind-body medicine, and spirituality in medicine. His popular course on, “Power of the Mind in Health and Healing,” teaches how to use the power of your mind to heal your body and maximize your intuition.
1. Benedetti F. Placebo and the new physiology of the doctor-patient relationship. Physiol Rev. 2013;93(3):1207-46.
2. Benedetti F, Carlino E, Pollo A. How placebos change the patient’s brain. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011;36(1):339-54.
3. Kirsch I, Sapirstein G. Listening to Prozac but hearing placebo: A meta-analysis of antidepressant medication. Prevention & Treatment. 1998;1(2)
4. Kirsch I, Deacon BJ, Huedo-medina TB, Scoboria A, Moore TJ, Johnson BT. Initial severity and antidepressant benefits: a meta-analysis of data submitted to the Food and Drug Administration. PLoS Med. 2008;5(2):e45.
5. Colloca L, Klinger R, Flor H, Bingel U. Placebo analgesia: psychological and neurobiological mechanisms. Pain. 2013;154(4):511-4.
6. Kam-hansen S, Jakubowski M, Kelley JM, et al. Altered placebo and drug labeling changes the outcome of episodic migraine attacks. Sci Transl Med. 2014;6(218):218ra5.
7. Benedetti F. The placebo response: science versus ethics and the vulnerability of the patient. World Psychiatry. 2012;11(2):70-2


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