Wednesday 10 February 2016


A fake and harmless pill, a placebo pill, can actually cause healing endorphins and dopamine to be released in the body.

Fake surgery can heal some patients.

A good doctor or shaman can heal some patients simply with comforting words.

"kissing it better" seems to work.

Jo Marchant 

Doctor Jo Marchant has written CURE, a Journey into the Science of Mind over Body.

According to the research quoted by Jo Marchant:

In Parkinson's patients, a placebo can help the patient, because 'motor neurons then fire more slowly'.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be successfully treated with the use of placebos.

With altitude sickness, if somebody takes fake oxygen, there is a physical change in the body and the symptoms of the sickness are reduced.

Jo Marchant 

According to the research quoted by Jo Marchant:

Patients can be healed by hypnosis, behavioral therapy (changing unhelpful thinking and behaviour) and the use of 'virtual reality'.

Jo Marchant took part in a virtual reality experiment.

She put her foot in a box of unbearably hot water. 

She felt her foot burning and removed her foot.

Then she put on noise-canceling headphones and began to play a snow-and-ice-themed video game. 

When she returned her foot to the hot water, she barely noticed the heat.

Jo Marchant explains the ways we can rewire our brains and improve our health.

According to Jo marchant: "believing in an angry or judgmental God seems to make people more stressed".

Inflamations can be removed by removing stress.

Jo Marchant refers to the health benefits of friendship, social connections and meditation.

The ft points out that in one part of the UK it was discovered that just 4% of local people were between them consuming up to 50% of the health and social care budget.

One of the 4% is Jennie Woolmington who suffers from lupus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, osteoporosis and diabetes.

To help keep Jennie Woolmington and others like her out of hospital, the local health authority has created 'health coaches'. 

Research shows that in a typical town just a small handful of families cause most of the serious problems for the police, for the schools and for the health system.

Town where boy of 11 is 'behind a fifth of all crime' - Telegraph.

These families would benefit from receiving intensive care from 'coaches'.

The Guardian refers to Mr Hutchens.

Cure: A Journey Into the Science of Mind Over Body.

Mr Hutchens has been depressed for many years.

He lost his job because of his apparent chronic back pain, the result of an apparently minor road accident. 

Immobility has caused him to put on weight, and then develop type-two diabetes.

His heavy doses of prescribed narcotics and sedatives, and his lack of exercise, may be the problem.

Recent research has shown that our brain structure is very flexible, and continually changing.

Practicing certain habits or behaviours brings real physical changes to the part of the brain associated with that activity.

For example, if you decide to learn to play the piano, you will develop more neural connections (and perhaps even more brain cells) in the parts of the brain associated with motor activity and musical ability.

If you meditate regularly for years, you will develop more ‘gray matter’ in the areas associated with attention, concentration and compassion.

So in that sense, rather than being completely controlled by our brains, we have control over them.

Research shows that the genetic structures we inherit from our parents don't remain fixed throughout our lives.

Our genetic structures are altered by the life experiences we undergo, so that the genes we pass on to our children will be different to those we inherited.

Studies of twins show that, when twins are exposed to very different environments and life experiences, in their later life they show striking differences in their DNA.

It could be said that we have the capacity to control our genes, rather than them just controlling us.

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At 10 February 2016 at 02:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagination is the door through which disease as well as healing enters....

Doctor or no doctor omnipresent Paramatman can heal anyone.....

(Quotes from Lahiri Mahasaya & Sri Yukteshwar from Autobiography of a Yogi by Yogananda.


At 10 February 2016 at 03:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not an easy thing for a surgeon to operate on someone's knee and not so anything. You know, cut them open and leave a scar. But eventually some surgeons braved it. And to their amazement people got better and started getting about more easily. The placebo effect is incredibly powerful and I've seen it work in my own life, and its just opposite, you might take something and feel ill, when feeling ill was just in the mind.

At 10 February 2016 at 15:07 , Blogger Babushka said...

In my perfect world everyone would have a Life coach. LOL,that is the role of King of the Jews and look what happened,and continues to happen...Suffer the little children...and yet, I maintain the Faith and discovered, to my utter amazement, that the Kingdom is indeed,within and moreover,it is Eternal. We get there thru suffering and prayer. Unlike our ex-convent girls here, I did not benefit from catholic practices in my childhood. Instead I got thru on endless daydreaming and music eg I Hear a Symphony and so much more xxx


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