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Science writer Jo Marchant investigated the healing power of the mind for her new book, Cure.  Jutta Kuss/Getty Images.

 

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power ‘Mind Over Body’ Updated January 26, 20164:37 PM ET Published January 26, 20161:22 PM ET

Following our discussion on Mind Over Matter, Please review Dr. Marchant’s information. Listen to Dr. Marchant explain the process and please feel free to offer your insight and opinions regarding the topic.

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  1. Sam Chan says:

    I find it surprising that the placebo effect actually creates chemical events within your body, which means an actual, tangible benefit. It really goes to show how with some pain, it’s not necessary to actually treat it and instilling the sense of being taken care of can do the job. The article seems to relate a lot of this to stress, and it explained that the relief of stress leads to relaxation which meant that the person who was in pain would not think as much of the symptoms. Maybe this is why religion has worked so well, and why praying is beneficial; because it’s a form of relief. I wonder how often doctors use fake pills as actual treatment.

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  2. Belice Puentes says:

    It is amazing how we can control our mind to overcoming the pain, stress, and anxiety among other conditions. Makes sense that through our sight and sound we are sending positive or negative messages to the brain and immediately the body reacts. It is interesting if the brain got something that’s really controlling the attention, there’s less attention left over for experiencing the pain.
    Is impressive how the placebo is a way to see the drugs aren’t the only answer to fight disease. However, I have many concerns about placebos. Our physicians are lying to us frequently? Who are the providers of these placebo medicines? Are there the pharmaceutical laboratories? Are we paying for fake medicine?
    On the other hand, for me mindfulness training is like a coping mechanism. Almost five years ago I adopted prayer as a coping mechanism. As an immigrant and single mother I faced many battles. Praying and having faith in God have been strategies that have taught me how to manage environmental stressors, how increase my personal strength, and how to see the challenges more positively. Finally, I reached the peace and hope that one day I had lost.

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    • Veronica says:

      Belice,

      Your Doctor would not lie to you and give you a placebo. Placebos are used in research so that Doctors can understand the effects of the drugs – or lack thereof,, you are safe!!

      Mind over matter!!!!! I am glad to hear that you have a coping mechanism,, stay positive!!

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      • Vanessa says:

        Hi Veronica, I agree with you on that one. Placebo are used in research ,so that doctors know what will work on somebody with a different kind of illness.

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    • Judene says:

      Hi Belice,
      I can relate to you as an immigrant and a single mother facing many battles. It was a stressful journey and I found myself having unbearable headaches. I was taught at a younger age to try and stay away from the medication so I refuse to take any over the counter meds. What helps me was prayer, praise and worship. It smooth my spirit, increase my personal strength and also help me cope through difficult situations.

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  3. Amela Agic says:

    The mind is a very powerful tool. Learning to use our brains to control pain, stress, anxiety, etc . is not an easy task but definitely doable. This article shows proof that we are conditioned to certain responses over time. They say the best kind of medicine is laughter. It distracts the mind from its current state of mind i.e. depression, pain or stress. The brain as complex as it is, is also very easily tricked.

    Like some of the previous responses give religion as an example of managing stress. In my opinion, that is just the power of the mind. Religion is a distraction from the everyday stresses that we might carry. It could be argued that religion is a way of mindfulness meditation. All it takes is some positive thinking to alter our stresses or aches and pains.

    One example, that i can think of that this type of mindfulness really does work is with people who have amputated arms. Many of them report that the arm that was amputated feels like they are clenching a fist all the time. The way that doctors have treated this symptom is to put a mirror to the opposite arm while clenching a fist. The doctor then tells the patient to open the fist slowly, the result is astonishing. They actually report that the clenching feeling resides. All the doctors did was just trick the brain into thinking that the amputated arm actually let go of the clenching.

    A short demonstration of the mirror trick.

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    • Belice says:

      Is true, mind is so powerful if it is managed with wisdom. Overcome stresses, frustration, depression, addictions among other physical and emotional conditions require hard work. Patience and persistence are the keys to not fail. I found in praying, fasting and praising the perfect disciplines to get great results. Definitely, these disciplines have been means to a breakthrough in each area of my life.

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  4. Veronica says:

    Amela,

    You are referring to “phantom pain” this is a feeling of pain that comes from a body part that is no longer there, the sensation and perception that the person continues to experience after the fact.

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  5. Peter Yin says:

    The concept that mediation, placebos, and virtual reality will generate the power recognized as ¨ mind over body¨ is truly extraordinary and phenomenal. The experiment comparing the writer Jo Marchant putting his feet into hot water without doing anything in contrast to her putting her feet in hot water while playing a video game produced astonishing conclusions. While playing video games, Marchant was able to neglect/defy the pain that she felt earlier while doing nothing. This illustrated that the brain could truly achieve the ability of mind over body if we implied our focus in the right areas in a situation such as the one above. Like what Marchant said in the article, people’s brains only have ¨ certain capacity for attention¨, so if you were given something that is ¨ really commanding your attention”, it will result in ¨ less attention left over for experience the pain.¨ I agree with her proposal because it makes absolute sense, but it brings up a new question , even if your mind overpowers the physical pain, but wouldn’t your body receive physical damage? So it this solution really a approachable for some cases? Other than that, I found the placebo plan really interesting, the idea that reactions occur in the body even though the pill contains no cure, along with other procedures such as mediation that assist in relieving stress, it reveals that the mind could act as a psychological benefit for physical obstacles revolved around the human body.

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    • shaldup says:

      I strongly agree with your ideas. I too compared the two different reactions of when Marchant’s feet were in hot water. I find it astonishing how the mind can do what Marchant proposes, being able to focus on certain things and leaving the brain numb to access activities and conditions. I too can’t understand how this process works as theirs no definite process or pattern to be found, as the numbing differs based on the mind. I can’t seem to figure out how the mind chooses what to numb and what to simulate.

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    • shaldup says:

      I too mentioned the difference between of events how the mind simulates conditions. I find this fascinating yet puzzled as to how the mind can dictate what to simulate and what to neglect.

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    • Shaldup Paljor says:

      I too mentioned this difference of effects the hot water on the feet had on Marchant. I find it fascinating that the mind can choose to accept some stimulants while neglecting others. However, I don’t understand how the mind dictates what to experience and what to neglect.

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      • Peter Yin says:

        That’s really amazing , it’s good to have someone else that share the same opinion as me, and when I read this article the very first time , I was also learning this new experience, I didn’t know something like that even exist.

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  6. Cynthia Ordonez says:

    I found it very interesting how the Placebo effect worked on conditions such as depression, pain, nausea, etc. Which are serious issue in society now a days that can be very severe to some people, to the extant where it restricts them from doing everyday tasks. The idea that a “fake” pill can create the same results as the real one, proves how powerful the mind can be. The pill combined with a good physician who provides comfort and reassurance had a better result. This is something I strongly believe in, that with a positive mind set and a support system one can achieve so many great things. This research can help lead to great results in medicine and metal health. It can help take away people’s dependence on prescribed medication, which in some cases causes other health problems, and aware of the strength that they have in their mind. If these problems are resolved (to an extant) there will be more time and effort put in on other problems in the world.

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    • Suanny A says:

      It’s incredible to realize how much we don’t really know. I agree with @Cynthia Ordonez, depression is such a serous disorder that our society deals with, especially young teens because now we have this image that we have to be like the people we see on TV or the magazines which isn’t true. Most teens compare themselves to other teens and wish to look like them. Young teens in this generation only care for physical appearance and body features which should be the least of our worries in my perspective. But the fact that this “fake pill” has the same outcome as with a real pill is fascinating. It simply just shows how the mind works. I believe that if you really want something for example, you want to fight depression you could, even with no medication. Although, what you do need is a positive mindset and you have to believe in yourself. You have to believe that you can overcome this obstacle because believing in yourself is such a great feeling and that comes with having a positive mindset. I truly believe that anyone could do anything with just having faith in themselves and being positive.

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    • Less Mc says:

      I do believe in Placebo effect for treatment. Any pain, or serious conditions can be treated if you know that Belief is really powerful medicine even the treatment itself. It s only one benefits patient can have.

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    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Cynthia, I agree with you when you the generic one is just as good as the real ones, because its all gonna take care of the pain. Your mind is not some static beast,as good as it ever will be and largely outside of your control as many think of it. It’s actually nimble, and very responsive to how you use it.

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  7. Gabe Oliveira says:

    The brain is so complex. I found it so interesting when I speculated upon the effect of stress and anxiety on the development of the brain. The brain changes over time, like adaptation. This relates back to the Darwinist perspective that the brain adapts and evolves according to the surroundings. So respectively, if one becomes stressed and anxious continuously, these physical feelings result in negative thoughts and emotions. When these emotions and thoughts become more prominent and consistent, the brain increases in size according to those thoughts and emotions. But if the bodily stress and anxiety affect thoughts and emotions, then wouldn’t matter come over mind? On the contrary, if these negative thoughts are countered, the brain adapts thus changing the physical reactions. So in the same case, is it mind over matter? The mind becomes consumed and adapts according to what the body feels. However, I found it interesting how placebos and meditation help counter these thoughts. The brain conditions itself to stimulus, like Pavlovs dogs. When the brain becomes accustomed to stimuli, the reactions become consistent.

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  8. Phoebe Broomstein says:

    The brain is so fascinating. I have always been very skeptical of placebos, but the explanation of the multiple Placebo effect is convincing. Taking a medicine with inactive ingredients has many affects on the body, because just taking it can activate endorphins in the brain that can make someone feel better. Also, taking this “fake pill” can help relieve stress in the body and anxiety. This really spoke to me about how serious the effects of stress and anxiety are on the body. It is so remarkable that the body has the power to mimic the effects of a pill that has already entered the body. I understand that giving someone a fake pill could be perceived as “unethical”, however if this could lead to people being cured, I don’t necessarily think it is that bad. The medicine is still doing its job to help cure the person/reduce the symptoms, than it is not a negative thing.

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    • Beshoy Abdelmalak says:

      I totally agree with you about the “fake pills” but how would you feel if you went to the doctor and you were prescribed a medication and you paid the full price for it but then it was fake. first, wouldn’t you feel like you were manipulated financially? second, would that make you trust the doctor again? I mean, if he did something to you without you even knowing about it, wouldn’t you feel like you are a toy in their hands? where is the patient’s self-determination?

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      • Martin Conserva says:

        While giving a patient a placebo, or another medication that doesn’t necessarily fix the issue but distracts the patient long enough for the ailment to heal itself, isn’t exactly illegal but if the doctor were to prescribe this medication, the pharmacists would have to label it for what it is, because mislabeling a medication is very illegal. So a doctor would prescribe an actual medication that has very minimal effect like ibuprofen as a placebo. When you buy the script it would say ibuprofen on the bottle, so if you’re puking from food poisoning and the doc really can’t do much about it, and prescribes you ibuprofen, and you believe it made you better, then its your lack of knowledge of what ibuprofen does or doesn’t do that made you feel better. So you would actually be paying for the medication he prescribed and not paying for a falsely labeled sugar pill.

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  9. Lisandra Torres says:

    The mind- body connection has always fascinated me. Many did not believe that the placebo effect was actually something real, but after many research and experiments, placebos seems to be ‘real’. A placebo can alter a patients expectations for healing, triggering powerful effects in the brain and body. I think it’s quite interesting how it can affect people with depression and anxiety. The idea that the brain gets tricked so easily and tries to heal itself is truly amazing. It seems to be that even when the patient is aware about the placebo that similar effects occur. Does this mean that many ‘sick’ patients might not actually be sick?

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    • They are sick to an extent! There is a difference between being sick physically or mentally. If a person has a gun shot to the chest and you give them a placebo and they think it is going to help them get better, we of course know it is not. There is foreign object in their body that needs to come out. That is something physical. Your mind can’t heal something that needs to physically be fixed. But it you give a person who is a drug addict a placebo who physically has nothing wrong with them and you tell them it is medicine, it will most likely hep them because in their mind they think they are getting the drugs! Either way they are both sick but with very different circumstances.

      Hope this helps!

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      • Amy Considine says:

        Hi Ariana
        I don’t think there really is a big difference between being sick mentally or physically. I think the body affects the mind and the mind affects the body. I do agree about the placebo affect, how if a placebo is for a physical ailment it probably won’t work but when a placebo is used for a mental ailment it may work. I commented in another post about anti anxiety drugs, how if I even think about taking an Ativan I automatically feel better. Maybe placebos should be the first line of defense against mental ailments! Imagine if people didn’t know if they were getting a placebo or a real drug, and placebos were regularly used. Would it revolutionize the pharmaceutical business? Drugs that weren’t real drugs would be a lot cheaper. But maybe people would start to doubt the effectiveness of the medication, if they thought that perhaps they were possibly not getting a real drug. Has any research has been conducted about placebos vs. real drugs for mental illnesses? Food for thought.
        Amy

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  10. I can actually tell you all with a fact that this article is very true. Jo Merchant said that “drugs aren’t the only asnwer.” She is right. I have Tourette Syndrome. I am not too sure if everyone knows what that is but it is a neurological biological disorder that causes me to make uncontrollable sounds and movements AKA tics. Many people have this misconception that Tourettes is just swearing all the time which it is not! I have very severe tics such as cracking my neck and jerking my neck and because of it, it has caused me to be hospitalized and in great pain. I saw a Neurologist for many years when I was younger who put me on several different medications to help control my tics and they did not help what so ever. As I got older kids started to notice more which started to effect me more in school and the only time I didn’t tic was when I was distracted in a soccer game or sleeping. I would cry all the time until my parents had enough and decided to seek alternative help. My dad learned from a co-worker of his whose daughter has Tourettes that her tics were suppressed using natural methods and that is what I started to do. We cut out all Dyes from my diet which included Red dye #40, red #33 and etc (this means no Doritos not fruit snacks. Basically all organic). We also cut out MSG (Monosodium glutamate, this is a type of salt found in a lot of Chinese food). Artificial flavors and preservatives. The idea was that these artificially made foods created a chemical imbalance in my brain that caused me to tic more. I was basically eating all organic food and after six months my tics suppressed tremendously. This started when I was in fifth grade. I also did other things such as Bio Feed back which teaches you how to control your autonomic nervous system. I have been on that diet ever since I was in the fifth grade and now it is almost like I don’t have Tourettes. People around me are always shocked when I tell them and they don’t even believe me.This is a brain disease I have and although I have learned to control it there are days where it is worse than others. A lot of times if people even ask me about my condition or ask my what my tics are I instantly start ticing. I find that if i am reminded of my Tourettes and not distracted from it I will tic. If I am overly stressed or exhausted I will tic. My boyfriend’s parents cooked dinner once and I went over. They knew about my diet so they knew not what to put in the food but his grand mother accidentally put in a little of sazon (has red #40) without realizing. She was afraid she was going to “kill me” so she told me and because of it I started to tic. I explained to her that if she didn’t even tell me I most likely wouldn’t have even had a tic.

    If your mind believes that your body is in danger it will react in such a way. Hence why mind is over matter! ALWAYS!

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    • Veronica says:

      Arianna,

      Diet is crucial to health and well being. I think of it as the gas you put into your car. People become very particular when they own a “expensive” car, regarding what type of gas, oil, when to give the car an oil change, tune up, etc., we are so very good to our cars, but not so very good to our own bodies.

      Here is a link to a movie,, First Do No Harm.

      Everyone understand, I am in no way promoting the particular diet depicted in this film, or any other diet,,!!!!

      I am posting the link to this movie because it is an opinion and a depiction of how diet can help or hurt a body.

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      • Michelle DiPhillipo says:

        This is an awesome movie. I completely stayed focused the whole time which is something that seems impossible for me to do during movies! I feel so bad for Robbie but i like how it teaches me what people with epilepsy and people who have seizures go through and how serious it can get. It was sad to see how used to everything Robbies family had to be to see him in horrible conditions all the time for months straight. Diet is a huge part of your over all health and ive read so many stories not just about epilepsy where people have actually started to heal and overcome an illness just by changing up their diets everyday. I also heard that being happy and laughing a lot can help quicken a recovery process.

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      • Duncan Pantos says:

        This was surprisingly heart wrenching. A long time ago I was admitted to a hospital because of complications from acne medication, and although it was nowhere near as severe as epilepsy, there were still numerous complications because of the drug. Problems developed that I had never encountered before, and I ultimately stopped the medication because I was seeing more harm than good, so from that perspective I can certainly relate to the struggle Robbie endured. Thanks for sharing this video, I think it is important to be mindful of how destructive medication can be, just because a certain type of medication works for many people does not mean it is the only solution for everybody.

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      • SteveMc says:

        I generally enjoy anything that gets my mind working. However, the acting in this movie was so brilliant and the concepts so true to life that it caused my emotions to take over. Being a Dad this movie represents my worse fears.

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      • Kaitlyn Plocharczyk says:

        This was a very thought-provoking movie. I’m surprised it wasn’t advertised as an in theaters film versus a TV film. I have always believed that although we should take our doctors advice, we should not blindly follow orders as well. If you feel as though something is wrong within your body, no one recognizes your needs in the ways that you do. I suffer from insomnia, and although the severity may not be equal to Robbie’s condition, I still feel that at times it overtakes my everyday life. I have disregarded the advice of doctor’s when being told to go on a medication because I fear the consequences of taking a medication, such as side-effect and withdrawal. I have tried natural remedies such as exercising, melatonin supplements and so on.. I have not found something that miraculously works yet, but I don’t believe that any medication should be a “quick fix” and if there is then you should probably be concerned about the after effects. Finding a balance with medication, natural remedies, or however you decide to pursue a condition takes time, and although we may get frustrated nothing can be fixed overnight. My advice to everyone is to ask as many questions as you can, even if your medical profession seems irritated. It is your body and anything surrounding that is always going to be your decision.

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      • Robert Tynes says:

        I only got to watch a portion of the beginning of this movie. I just recently watched a documentary called “the towm that caught Tourette’s” about a town in upstate New York where girls were getting Tourette’s- like symptoms and nobody had am explanation, although a train car carrying cyanide had derailed and spilled chemicals into the water table previously in this town. All of the girls had been diagnosed with a latent social psychological disorder called “conversion disorder” by psychologists, some chose to accept that diagnosis while others accepted a different diagnosis that stated it was brought on from an infection called P.A.N.D.A.S. In both cases , after recieving treatment for their respected diagnosis the girls conditions were not fully cured but lessened. When it comes to psychological disorders there is just not information to begin any treatment, let alone with chemicals and drugs as it is not yet known what the effect would be.

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      • pridethomas says:

        I had the chills watching this movie and then ended up crying. This is so powerful Thankyou for posting this. My mother has suffered from seizure disorder and watching her in public, at home and in the hospital fight this illness was hard! As a child then I remember asking the same question and crying to her “are you going to Die mommy?” Then she got in major car accident and the state provoked her license. As you can imagine it’s very hard to witness and explain to people what to do and that she’ll be ok. Years went by and she fixed her diet, and worked out at the gym and now is seizure free! Although still on medication the prescription is lower. This movie captured exactly something that my family has questioned about medication and doctors. Wow. Thankyou. I do believe there is always an alternative way. Your body is your temple think organic.

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    • Belice Puentes says:

      Great testimonial Arianna! Diet is so important. Last December, a week before finish classes I was being taken by ambulance to a hospital for a severe pain in my stomach and head. During the fall I immersed myself in my books. I put aside my good habits such as eating well at the appropriate hours, and exercising every week. After many analyses the doctor gave me a prescription. Omeprazole and Nortriptyline would be my new partners against pain. I took them for three days. However, I did my research about the side effects of each drug. So, I decided to suspend them. At the same time I put aside the coffee, chocolate, acidic fruits and fatty foods (my partners in fall). I started to exercise my body and mind as I had been doing the last five years. I learned my lesson. My mind and body is a machine that I must care every day.

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    • Sk Thompson says:

      Mind over matter is phenomenal. Your story is just one of many that I believe are out there. After watching the movie, and coming from a family of medical personnel, I absolutely believe that many people are misdiagnosed and mistreated. Medicine is turning into a business and is getting away from the caring aspect.

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      • Judene says:

        Sk I agreed with you 100% with medicine turning into a business. They are quick to give you medication for everything without seeking other alternative!

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    • Less Mc says:

      This the real statement Arianna!! That really important to explain what s going with your Tourette experience. Many people don’t really inform about TS so Tourette syndrome. As you explain in your statement that you had very severe tics and sometimes swearing. Although the symptoms of TS vary from person to person and range from very mild to severe, the majority of cases fall into the mild category. Co-occurring conditions can include impulsivity, and obsessive compulsive behavior. Some facts show that”Tourette syndrome” is inherited and seems to result from abnormal activity in a brain system called the basal ganglia.I do believe that your mind is always focus especially when your body is in danger. It really obviously ready to act in some way. After this movie, I think we should be more aware on some medication and sometimes some medications are really harmful for your body.

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      • I am really impressed on how much information you know about TS! That is all true. It is also said that it is 50% more like to pass down to boys then girls! Everything you said is right! In high school for my junior year I wrote a long 10 page informative paper and telling people my story. And it is very true about OCD. I have OCD. MANY MANY MANY people with TS have OCD. for example if I touch a door knob I usually have to touch it with my other hand too. Or if I writing something and I didn’t make the letter “perfect in mind” i have to erase it no matter how many times and write it over.

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      • Robert Tynes says:

        I never knew that Tourette’s had a connection to OCD. I recently watched a video about intrusive thoughts related to OCD and it was a big eye opener. I originally thought people who experienced OCD were either very clean or particular, I never realized that malicious thoughts can potentially pop into their minds that they are forced to fight off. I could be reaching but generally intrusive thoughts are involuntary, could that be related to the involuntary tics of Tourette’s?

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    • Michele McKinnon says:

      Diet is critical in ensuring our overall health, however, it’s something that’s usually overlooked by everyone. I try so hard to force myself to eat a healthy, balanced diet but i find it to be damn near impossible. I guess that’s mind over matter. What I found interesting about your particular situation is that you visited a neurologist to treat your condition and not once did he suggest that maybe you should change your diet. It took your family seeking alternative treatment before you were finally able to seek some sort of solace. I wish more medical professionals would take it upon themselves to tell patients to seek alternative methods of treatment.

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    • Lynnou Modestin says:

      Arianna,
      I find your story very interesting, and inspiring. It really amazes me that in reality it usually is in your head. Early in my life I would get terrible cold sores, which is a form of herpes. It would get so bad that my doctor prescribed me to Valacyclovir, which if you don’t know, is an antiviral medication used to treat herpes virus infections. As a kid walking around with huge cold sores all over your mouth, sometimes more than one at a time is not the best for your self-esteem. I was already in a negative head space, so in my head I thought the medication would not work. But everytime it came time to take a dose of medication I would tell myself that the medication would work only if I willed it to. Today I still get cold sores, not as bad and not as frequent, but there was a point in my life when I realized that I don’t need the medication to make the cold sores go away. So now on the rare occasion that I get a cold sore I no longer call to refill my perscription, I instead use natural methods like organic tea tree oil, or I just try to manage my stress, which was a great cause to my cold sores. It just shows that medication does not always help and you can always find a more natural way to take care of yourself.

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    • Judene says:

      I think this is a phenomenal story and I am glad you find away to help you control the tics.

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    • Sarah Erritouni says:

      It’s great that you were able to find a solution to your problem after the medication failed to do its job. I’ve never had to deal with something as severe as what you are going through, nor have I ever had to create my own solution to a medical issue, but I do agree with you and Dr. Marchant when you say that drugs are not the only answer. Like I said, I’ve never had to deal with that kind of a situation before but I do witness my grandmother do it. According to every doctor she has ever seen, my grandmother, like many elderly, is beginning to face the downsides of age and requires a whole bag full of medication to keep her tiny body moving. Except she doesn’t. My grandmother has managed to keep her frail, 4’9″ self in constant motion without digesting a cocktail of pills everyday and she, much like you, does it entirely through a healthy diet of fresh ingredients and home cooked meals.

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    • Lynnou Modestin says:

      I agree with the idea that you can suppress a reaction, conditon, etc. The mind is a powerful thing and if you will yourself into believing that something will not affect your life and or well being then more often than not it won’t. I get really bad cold sores a lot, so much so that my doctor put me an antiviral medication to help me manage it. This has been something that has affected my life for as long as I can remember. Up until recently when ever I would feel a cold sore coming I would place a call to renew my perscription. Realizing that being dependent on this medication to help me get rid of my cold sores was not going to end up helping me at all. My body would just adjust to the dosage ad my doctor would either have to raise the dosage , or prescribe a stronger more harmful drug. Now instead of reaching for the phone to call my doctor’s office, I use 100% organic tea tree oil, a natural remedy to my problem, that and working on my stress levels and keeping them low. I didn’t need the medication, I was just harming my liver everytime I took the medication, now I avoid that with my natural alternative remedy

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    • Amy Considine says:

      Hi Ariana
      I think it is great how you have figured out how to control your illness with diet. That’s amazing. I cannot imagine having Tourettes, it must have been a really hard burden to bear. I’ve only seen it in movies and TV. I am sorry you can’t eat Doritos anymore but I’m sure you can live with it! I don’t follow a specific diet, I am on Weight Watchers which espouses eating lots of fruits and vegetables. I take antianxiety drugs and I wonder if my anxiety would respond to a change in diet. Kudos to you for figuring out a way to deal with your illness. I do wonder what other illnesses would be helped by a change in diet. My best friend’s brother in law has pancreatic cancer and has changed his diet radically, and he seems to be doing well, at least that’s what al of the tests are saying. I would be curious to know what your favorite food is now, given that you can’t eat any junk. Apples? Bananas? I wish you all the luck in the world. Your story is inspiring. Mind over matter!

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    • Martin Conserva says:

      Arianna, Stories like yours are very crucial in the understanding of diet and food in general. So much information has been lost since big pharma has taken over. Also, with the changes in the production of foods and GMOs, our bodies are reacting with new ailments and allergies more abundantly than ever before.
      My wife and I have changed our diet to almost completely organic ever since my wife started feeling sick and inflamed constantly. After a year of organics, I would occasionally eat GMO foods and or the old school snack likes Doritos or anything I used to eat in high school, and I would break out in all kinds of allergies, aches and pains. What I noticed, is my body got used to the crap I ate so the reactions were minimal. So when I cleaned my self out and then went back, it just showed how obviously bad the commercial food is.
      My mother wanted surgery on her back because the pain she was having constantly for years. She didn’t see any other alternative. I offered her a low inflammatory diet and gave her turmeric pills and she was shocked to find her pain go away.
      I believe the chemicals in the environment, food, and water are the main cause for most diseases we see today, the extremely high amount of miscarriages in woman, infertile males, and autism in children. The corporate chemical monsters like Monsanto actually put chemicals, like pesticides, in the DNA of our food. Our body doesn’t recognize it and reacts to it through inflammation, DNA mutations, Disease etc. While simultaneously we have biologist creating natural and organic pesticide that work better made from mushrooms, but that isn’t announce through mass consciousness because it doesn’t make money for the corporate giants and politicians. Russia and 30 other countries are banning all GMO imports from the US A long-term two year independent laboratory rat experiment has demonstrated, a diet of GMO soybeans or GMO corn over a period of more than six months produces virulent tumors in the GMO-fed rats and excessive early mortality.
      We need to look more to food and diet to help fix our ailments instead of chemicals. There needs to be a huge change in the understanding of the human body and nutrition. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    • Sierra Hitchcock says:

      I am not surprised at all that you are able to mange your Tourettes through diet and I think it is wonderful that you can. There is more than one way to skin a cat. I wish alternative management plans like your own were more well known and common, especially ones concerning diet. I do not have any medical conditions or disorders but being a dancer I am very aware of what I am eating and drinking and how it effects the function of my body. Through trial and error I have come to understand what foods help my own body run most efficiently and which ones to avoid if I don’t want to feel lethargic and sick. If a simple thing like food effects the day to day workings of a body that does not have any disorders or conditions, I can only imagine the impact its has on a body that does. I think is it often forgotten that food is the fuel we run on, (I think about this a lot and I still forget it). The better the fuel the better the machine will work. It makes me wonder how many other medical conditions or disorders could be better managed, or even cured, by diet alone. Such alternative treatment and management plans are not commonly introduced or prescribed by doctors (as far as I know) but I sorely wish they were. I believe such alternatives have potential to help and heal. Arianna is living proof of that.

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    • Javier Lemus says:

      Arianna first of all I want to say that your way of treating your condition is admirable. The food we put in our system nowadays is filled with chemicals like pesticides, preservatives, growing hormones etc. I think that is because of this reason that you see so many if these chemical imbalances in people in this day and age and if we all consumed more natural/organic products we wouldn’t see these cases so often. You mentioned that you normally don’t have the tics until someone reminds you of them. What you think is the reason for this? could it really be just your mind making you do this or is it something that really can’t be controlled at all? I hope you are doing well and kudos to you for finding a natural solution to you disease.

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    • Ali Abdullah says:

      Amazing, I never knew that Tourette Syndrome tics can be paused if the mind isn’t reminded of it. Your story is another proof that the power of mind can over come terrible conditions without the need of medication and it can also help us perform better in general.

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      • The idea of “ignorance is bliss” has a lot of meaning when it comes to mind over matter. Sometimes, just knowledge, or lack there of, of something will have a dramatic effect on your body. It seems, only if she was able to erase the part of her memory that linked to the thoughts that made her tic, she wouldn’t tic. Its the connections in our brain that we subconsciously create over time that becomes triggered. Its the same as if you think of your favorite color and then connect that with your favorite animal many times over a period of time, your brain will physically form a link between those two thoughts. So whenever you think of your favorite color, your favorite animal will pop in your head as well. You do this naturally through emotional and physical stress. Stories like Arianna’s further help us understand the inner workings of the brain and disease.

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    • Sara Sada says:

      Arianna, that is such an aspiring story. I feel that in this society everyone is so quick to jump and take pills for any problem they have. Diet is so much more effective, but it is challenging. Diet takes a lot of brain power to focus and stay on the right path to following it. For me personally, I have challenges with it. I hope you are doing better day by day. Your mind is so powerful that it was able to cut out all the chemicals and process that organic was better for your body. I’m rooting for you, that takes a lot of dedication

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    • daelynnvalerio says:

      I’m amazed after reading your comment. Our bodies have the same reaction to natural remedies and actual drugs. Its crazy how a few small changes have a big impact in our life. After reading the article and your comment i’m definitely going to start taking less drugs. Every time I have a headache I take drugs, which is really bad because if i dont take them the headache would not get better. I going to start trying natural remedies that way i would not expose my body to the harmful drugs.

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    • kmontimes4299 says:

      I agree that eating healthy and eliminating processed foods makes a huge difference. I used to take prescribed medication every time i got really bad allergies, which was a very bad decision because my body was getting used to receiving drugs every time i had allergies. I decided to heal my allergies by taking natural remedies. I found out that natural remedies work very well. Now, I do not allow my self to take any drugs, regardless of the pain I let it heal naturally or by taking natural remedies.

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    • Arianna,

      I think that diet is the most important/least discussed aspect of health. When I go in for a physical, my doctor, more often then not, does not ask about my diet. The removal of food coloring dye from your diet interested me the most. I understand that food coloring is potentially harmful, but I don’t know much about it. Your comment is about to send me down the rabbit hole to explore food dye and what it contains, and the effects that it has.

      Side note about food dye: I buy imitation crab meat sometimes (judge away), and when I open the package, my dog flips! It must smell like the best treat ever to him, based on his reaction. I will sometimes give him some, but I eat the top piece that is colored red. I’m not willing to give it to my dog, but I’ll eat it. I don’t know what that says about me or food dye, other then I value my dogs well being over my own possibly.

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  11. I found this article and book excerpt very encouraging. I’ve always known that our minds are more capable of what we give it credit for, even if I’ve personally only explored it a little. I rely on prayer and spirituality in ADDITION to modern medicine for my personal health and healing, and I often wonder which one is more necessary than the other. I’ve been on two medications for less than two years now, one for anxiety (Zoloft) and the other to block alcohol cravings and effects. (Naltrexone) Both were prescribed to aid me in the first stages of getting and staying sober. However, I’m just starting to talk to my doctor and therapist about using non-medical treatments towards weaning myself off of them. They’ve been great in giving me a head start, but I feel if I’m to fully own my success in sobriety I have to eventually stop relying on these medications, especially the Naltrexone. We live in a society where we are encouraged to run to the doctor or psychiatrist for every little thing that ails us, while the pharmaceutical companies rake in billions. The health industry should focus on health, and not the all mighty dollar. That may be an obvious and rather naive statement, but it’s encouraging to hear about research being done on the alternatives. After all, how many class action medical lawsuits or opioid crises do we need to go thru before we realize that pills aren’t ALWAYS the answer?

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  12. Hamza Rizvancevic says:

    Our conscious and unconscious minds are measurable and at the same time separate from our physical brains. We can study and map neurons in the human brain and how they interact with one another, and even so much as what these interactions yield; yet we have little scientific fact and understanding about the human mind. Our brains and neural connections control movement, muscle use, and bodily function, yet there are amazing examples of “mind over matter”; our minds seemingly taking control over our bodies. “Placebo” effects, which yield positive outcomes. Even their counterparts- “Nacebo” effects where people have negative reactions to non existing stimuli. The idea of “mind over matter” is something that has actual and concrete examples, and some of the things it can achieve are incredible.

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  13. Shaldup Paljor says:

    The idea that placebos, and virtual reality are able to dictate your sense of feeling and being able to dictate your ability to respond to certain situations is astonishing. The experiment comparing the writer Jo Marchant putting his feet into hot water without any distraction in contrast to her putting her feet in hot water while playing a video game exemplified this idea. Prior to being distracted, when putting her feet in the hot water, she immediately reacted to the excrutiating heat of the water. However, with the distraction of video games seeking the mind’s attention, Marchant was able to ignore the heat of the water and to generate sensations of pain. This accentuates how the brain is able to allocate it’s focus on certain things over others. Like what happened in Marchant’s experiment, it proves how the brain’s capacity is often able to allocated to certain things over others, bloking out excess sensations. Though this’s proven, would the same physical effects be evident with the blocking out sensation from that thing? This placebo plan was really interesting, and has expanded my ideas regarding the capacity and abilities of the human brain.

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    • Peter Yin says:

      I agree with you idea of placebos, the experiment comparing the write Jo Marchant putting his feet into hot water without any distraction was truly interesting. I found that it proved the idea that placebos dictate yours senses.

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      • Shaldup Paljor says:

        I found this being stated too, but I don’t understand how the mind can experience only specific sensations and how they can be chosen by the mind.

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    • Javier Lemus says:

      I think that is one of those things were if you seriously believe you’re ok then your mind just stops registering that painful or sickening sensation. I know from personal experience that when you get really into a video game like happens with me sometimes, you can go a whole day and not sleep or eat because your mind is just so focused. The human mind works in such mysterious way (at least for me) it can literally “shut off” pain inhibitors in your body and you don’t notice the pain until you focus on it again. I remember reading an article many years ago of a lady who was stabbed on her back and walked around the whole day no realizing the knife was still in back. She goes to the hospital because she was having some back pain, she had the knife removed and she was horrified that had been stabbed and she didn’t even feel it. I’ll leave a link to the story below.

      LINK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1248155/The-mugging-victim-inch-knife–didnt-notice.html

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  14. I believe that the placebo effect may work for the better the same way that someone who isn’t emotionally accepting the fact of getting an organ transplant and shortly after the operation his or her body ends up rejecting that organ. Also in women with Pseudocyesis also known as false pregnancy, they believe with all their heart that they are pregnant that they show every sign externally that they are pregnant, and even will have a positive at home pregnancy test, but there won’t be an actual fetus inside of them. But at the same time there are no studies that show that positive thinking can help in survival in fighting cancer for example. I don’t know but I choose to believe that the brain has this amazing healing power that we are still trying to figure out for sure.

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  15. I find this interesting because there were plenty of times I would find a bruise on my body and would not notice it all day until I get home and settle down. So I can see why distraction could delay pain. I also think it has a lot to do with adrenaline when your in that flight or fight response. I do believe that are mind set can control how we deal with things. I once heard a story of two cancer patients with cancer a doctor mixed up their test and said to one that your better your going to live and said to the other that they were going to die. So the patient who was dying lived and the patient who was going to live died. I think this also applies to the saying your as old as you feel. I’m a firm believer that if you have a positive attitude and put good thoughts and energy out in the universe good thing will happen.
    I believe that your mind has trouble controlling internal issues when your feelings get hurt that could be caused by death, heart brake, verbal abuse, because it affects the way you think and can change or have an effect on who you are. You can’t put a band aid on hurt feelings that why people turn to drugs and alcohol. I personally think their is power in prayer because I find when I’m having a bad and in a horrible mood I pray about it and I feel so much better afterwards.

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  16. Sk Thompson says:

    First, I would like to talk about the placebo / mind over matter effect. Placebos are only used during controlled experiments and the patient is not aware that they are taking a harmless pill, medicine or procedure. These are done more for the psychological than for the physiological effect. The placebo causes the body to react a certain way because the brain believes that the medicine is real. Even though the medicine has no real medicinal effect, the brain causes the body to sometimes have chemical reactions that can cause the patient to improve or feel better. I personally have given my daughter smarties(candy) when she says she doesn’t feel good and a few minutes later she will be running around. I obviously know that the sugar gives her a rush, but I believe that her brain is also causing her body to overpower her illness(or lack thereof). I am a 100% believer in the mind over matter theory. As a child, I was playing barefoot in my back yard and unintentionally stepped on a piece of broken glass. I was so caught up and concentrating on playing that I did not even feel the glass or the laceration. I continued to play, and it was not until I turned around and saw the blood that my brain made the connection and the pain was instantaneous. The blood trail was approximately 20 feet long and I received 4 stitches for the laceration. The pain was not felt until I saw the blood. I believe that if I did not see the blood, I would of kept playing, thus showing the mind over matter effect. Another example, is the conditioning of our military personnel. With extensive training, they can overcome serious pain and misery. A soldier can be extensively hurt, and by placing mind over matter, they can carry on with the mission long enough to see it through. This is achieved by constant training and conditioning.

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  17. I think the mind is fascinating and capable of so much. I believe an outcome of an illness can heavily depend on your perception of the malady at hand. I mean it’s not always the case where you just believe you will be fine and you are but I think a negative outlook on things can prolong the progress of recovery. I think good mental health and positive thinking can lead to better physical health and vice versa.

    I have a very “active” mind and I am constantly exploring different thoughts. When I start to feel stressed out or I know I will be facing a stressful situation I try and tell myself not to get upset or anxious. But my brain is so conditioned to respond to stress with negative emotions, it just happens. Like any learned behavior, it will take practice for a new response to occur. Sometimes I focus too much on trying to mange the stressful responses that I actually stress myself out more. I try to remain mindful and not project future concerns with what is happening now. I believe mindfulness and meditation are very beneficial alternatives to drug therapy. There are no negative side effects to these practices. Meditation and mindfulness techniques are great ways to condition your brain.

    I think the experiment Jo Merchant did with the distractions was absolutely valid. If you’re injured or feel pain and you’re mind has time to process those painful feelings, it is already made up how your body will respond. But if you are able to interrupt your brain and advert your attention onto something else, you may very well avoid a painful experience or at least minimize it.

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    • Sumaya says:

      I agree with you Danielle. I feel the mind believes what you believe and that is the outcome that you receive the video of the amputee that did the experiment with the mirror was very fascinating because it showed how the mind can be tricked into believing something that is actually not there.

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  18. Tara Culhane says:

    This movie was amazing. Before I saw this movie I was honestly for drug therapy no matter what kind of disorder someone had. This movie changed my perspective, I had no idea that there was such a diet that could treat seizure disorders. I also believe that the doctors and doctors today sometimes try to push medication onto people for their own agenda, such as money, ect. The doctors in that movie had him on so many medications, no wonder he was having so many different side effects, perhaps even some of them even worsened some of the seizures. It’s an eye-opener to see that maybe other treatments are way more effective, perhaps even in treating mental health disorders.

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  19. Lizette Pinto says:

    This movie was so insightful! By the end of the movie I was in awe. I never knew how much our diets can effect us so much! I never knew diets can help us. Anytime I think of a diet I think of a someone wanting to eat healthy or trying to lose weight. This movie opened my eyes to how great of an effect a diet can have. I agree with @TaraCulhane that doctors do push medicine sometimes because money or maybe because they do not agree with alternative methods that may help someone.

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    • Gabe Oliveira says:

      I feel the same way, it is amazing how much a change is lifestyle can affect one’s health. I loved the juxtaposition of the two types of treatment that the boy faced. At some point his body looked completely and physically different. His body looked drained and he looked mentally exhausted from all the medical procedures that include the excessive drugs, tests, and surgery. The doctor seem blinded to any other approach other than experimental drug and seemed bias in the fact that there are other possible approaches that will result in less pain and physical exhaustion. I found it interesting how mind over matter relates back to the movie too. The mind is put into a state where the body is starving and on a controlled diet. This bodily state is controlled by the mind and the mind comes over the body and controls the epilepsy.

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  20. samuelt21 says:

    Listening to this interview/discussion has been a real eye opener to me. Your mind is very strong and I completely agree with the idea of solving problems by using your mind. There’s this phrase “it’s all in your head” that I think fits in perfectly with the method of conditioning someone to believe that nothing is wrong with that. Maybe I might have misunderstood what she was saying. But I believe it goes along the line of an individual feeling that there is something wrong with them, or simply healing themselves without the substitution of the medication that was being prescribed to them. The combination of the Placebo & conditioning method to heal, I found that very interesting; and honestly believe it’s true. Sometimes things are all in our head and we need to train ourselves to know otherwise. Your mind is very strong, and can be used as a tool to bettering/ or enhancing your life. I really enjoyed listening to this discussion.

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  21. samuelt21 says:

    Listening to this interview/discussion has been a real eye opener to me. Your mind is very strong and I completely agree with the idea of solving problems by using your mind. There’s this phrase “it’s all in your head” that I think fits in perfectly with the method of conditioning someone to believe that nothing is wrong with that. Maybe I might have misunderstood what she was saying. But I believe it goes along the line of an individual feeling that there is something wrong with them, or simply healing themselves without the substitution of the medication that was being prescribed to them. The combination of the Placebo & conditioning method to heal, I found that very interesting; and honestly believe it’s true. Sometimes things are all in our head and we need to train ourselves to know otherwise. Your mind is very strong, and can be used as a tool to bettering/ or enhancing your life. I really enjoyed listening to this discussion.

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  22. Our mind is a wonderful thing. It’s interesting how we can use a certain outlook to change our physical state. For example, at certain times if you’re depressed for no reason you can simply just tweak your outlook and it can work! You can go from sluggish and depressed to feeling great within minutes! Of course, this doesn’t always work. If it were only that easy. Just certain times.

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  23. I’ve always heard that the brain is a very powerful muscle and Reading this article just edifiys that. I believe the placebo drug does work and I think it’s ok to trick your patients a little so they get better in a more natural and positive way. Maybe you are have a history of having anxiety attacks often and by feeding positive thoughts and focus your mind else where calms you down through medication therefore you don’t need a medicine because you use a alternative way to relax (slow breathes, and calm thinking). However some people may not be able to do that without some doctor prescribing a pill for there anixity or deppression because that’s the only way they can overcome there troubles. Why tell them it’s a placebo if it works? I know it’s fair to tell them but once you tell them it most likely will not work again.

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    • I mostly agree with your point. I would add on that if a doctor initially prescribes the actual, effective medicine, then changes to a placebo, I’d be curious to see the effect that has. Since a person got the real medicine first and felt its’ effects, they have a mental baseline of what to expect he next time that they take the ‘same’ medicine.

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  24. Sierra Hitchcock says:

    I believe that our mental wellness plays a large role in how our bodies heal. One section of the article talks about meditation and mindfulness and how doing these things can reduce anxiety and stress. This reduction of anxiety and stress in turn has shown to reduce the symptoms and progression of illness. I can attest first hand that stress and anxiety prohibit the human body from healing itself. I am a dancer and in the Summer of 2014 I was unfortunate enough to get a stress fracture in my left foot. I took time off from dancing but a couple months later started again thinking that my foot was fully healed. The dance environment I was in was extremely stressful and anxiety producing. Even when I wasn’t dancing I was still present in this environment and experienced heightened levels of stress and anxiety. Once I started dancing again my stress and anxiety levels only increased. There would be days where I would have anxiety attacks before I went to class and on more than one occasion burst into tears while dancing due to the amount of stress my body was trying to handle. After a year of working in these conditions I had to return to the doctor because I fell on my foot and it had started hurting again. A scan showed that my foot had never fully healed in the first place. The doctors were skeptical that it would ever heal at all. It was not until I stopped dancing and reduced my anxiety and stress levels that my foot started to heal. When I am able to start dancing again I am very aware that I am going to have to manage my anxiety and stress better so that I will not end up in the same situation again. Whether or not we understand how or why, I firmly believe our mental state plays a large part in how our bodies heals.

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  25. Amy Considine says:

    Mind over matter! The mind has an incredible power over the human body. I really appreciated in the article how the woman’s burning sensation lessened with the video game. I take anti-anxiety meds but am able to have a handle on my anxiety sometimes with just deep breathing and visualization. If I were to take a placebo but didn’t know it I am sure that I would calm down just as much as if I had taken an Ativan. I am very vulnerable to the power of suggestion and sometimes if I am with my mum and she says to me “What is there to be so scared of? Everything is fine!” it works as if I had taken that Ativan. I am trying to come off of benzodiazapines, not because I have a problem with them, but because there are better ways to handle my stress. My therapist and I have gone over worst-case scenarios and that is another way to talk myself out of an anxiety attack. Prayer is an interesting facet of self-talk, at least I believe it is, and it is a way to convince yourself that things are going to get better. I myself have tried prayer and I believe it works. I don’t know if any of you remember “The Secret” with Oprah Winfrey espousing it. It said that you bring on everything yourself though self talk and prayer, if you believe you will inherit money and concentrate on that for a period of time, you would open your mailbox and there would be the money. If you kept thinking something bad was going to happen to you, something would happen, bad, of course. I never bought in to this theory, did the Holocaust happen because the Jews thought bad thoughts?
    Anyway, food for thought. I would love any comments on my ramblings.
    Best,
    Amy

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    • pridethomas says:

      I’m commenting on how you believe the power of prayer helps you. At first I was like “oh goodness seriously ?!” But as I thought about it prayer is relatively related to meditation and maybe it doesn’t have to be on a spiritual level and maybe it is.
      I also agree with your comment on oprahs point, if you believe you will inherit money then there it is in your mailbox. Over the years I been taught from my parents to always believe and tell yourself I can do it, I will do it , I am strong, I will get that job or I will be successful and it’s amazing how that thinking pushes me in everyday life when I feel like bursting into a gazzilion tears; a little self motivation really does go a long way.

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      • Sierra Hitchcock says:

        I agree that the power of prayer helps just like the way mediation helps. Neuroscientist study the effects of mediation on the human brain but they are also studying the effects that prayer has. The is NPR article explores the research that is being done on the effects of prayer and how they are similar and different than mediation. It is an engaging read and most certainly food for thought.

        http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104310443

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    • pridethomas says:

      This is commenting on Sierra post ( I did not see a reply button next to your name!) I read your NPR article and it was eye opening and made me think In a different perspective. However, I don’t understand the point about how they really heard gods voice and how we are meant for the super natural because then that means vampires, werewolves, ghost, and devil and so forth. Although I could understand how they were altering minds through prayer but I think you truly have to be religious and willing to give your self over to that belief to the faith. and growing up as a Jehovah’s witness it was all about drawing close to God and how through that you will most likely take on a new personality in order to make God happy and prayer was just a means of coping and getting to know him. I will admit I never tried very hard to draw close to God but not because I didn’t believe he was not there but , prayer did not seem to make me feel different in any type of way. Maybe it depends on the person….like hypnosis you have to be willing to suggest maybe you have to be willing to believe …or to have faith.

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    • SteveMc says:

      Hi Amy, the core concept of “the Secret ” and many other books like is a bit more than “if you believe, you achieve”. As you walk through your day you are presented with MILLIONS of pieces of information. In order to process all of that data your brain has to prioritize what to process now, later and possibly not at all. Here is an example: can you recall your last trip to the grocery store? What did you purchase? How much did it cost? Where there any sales going on? Where there any vehicles in the parking lot with For Sale signs? If you had gone to the store to buy corn flakes you may or may not remember how much you where charged because your only focus was to get corn flakes. If you where hungry and only had $5 you probably would have been far more likely to notice a sale. If it was just a regular grocery trip you most likely can’t remember what you got, how much you spent, or how much you saved. However, if you are in the market for a new vehicle you would definitely notice those For Sale signs.
      Our brain filters down those millions of pieces of data so we can accomplish what we set out to. Books like “the Secret” attempt to instruct us on how to “set” our filters to notice more of the things around us that would lead to new opportunities. I hope this super minimized explanation helps. Best of luck.

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      • Hi!

        I am thrilled that you have decided to join the conversation. As always I appreciate your insight, and I thank you for “thinking”!! Would you agree that this “secret” is personal motivation??

        Best, Prof. V

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  26. Qian Ren says:

    It is amazing how our mind works and how powerful it is. The experiment Dr. Marchant did with the hot foot water, reminds me of a time when my baby cousin feel on the concrete and scratched his knee. In response to the pain he started to cry for about a minute until we gave him a toy. This distraction hindered the pain he felt because he stopped crying, he was more focused on the toy than on the physical pain. As Merchant has said, “our brains only have a certain capacity for attention”. I really like how the article brought up positively. In life, no matter where you are or who you are, we all get stressed out, it is inevitable. But the only difference is the level of stress and how we handle it. I have notice many of my friends, other high school students, and including myself get super stressed out and sometimes even leading to depression. We are constantly worrying about our future, and as high school students we don’t think outside of the box, and believe that only certain colleges holds our future. We often overload ourselves with negative thoughts constantly, pressuring ourselves to take a load of AP classes, join a million clubs, do all three seasons of sports, get a certain GPA, etc. The part that said “thinking stressful thought for the whole day then those parts of the brain are going to get larger and other parts of the brain will deteriorate”, really spoke to me. Almost every graduates’ best advice is to keep calm no matter what happens, because the world is not going to end, and always have POSITIVE VIBES. Positively is the key to everything, and I have noticed that I tend to perform better athletically and academically in school when I am less stressed or worried. In conclusion our minds are so powerful, how well our minds are, determines how healthy physically we are. We more able to fight against any obstacles like an illness when we fill ourselves with positive thoughts.

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    • I agree that the mind is a powerful thing. I get really bad cold sores nd have been getting them for as long as I can remember. They became so terrible and often that my doctor put me on medication. I became dependent on the medication, and whenever I would feel a old sore coming I would call my doctor so he could refill the prescription. There came a point ,when I was old enough to understand what the drugs were actually doing to my liver and kidneys, that I did not want to become so dependent on the medication. So I experimented with natural remedies, and found ways to lower my stress levels. Finally I found what would work for me and I now don’t get cold sores as often, or severely. When I do my natural remedy, organic tea tree oil, takes care of the cold sore faster than the prescribed medication ever did. I was just convincing myself that I needed it in order for my cold sores to go away and that would be the only solution, but now I know that is not the case.

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      • Qian Ren says:

        Hi Lynnou,

        Yes, I too believe that there are many other choices out that cures or help sicknesses. I agree that natural remedies are much more healthier and helpful than prescribed drugs. Natural remedies are not harmful at all to our bodied compared to prescribed drugs. When I get sick, I would drink a lot of boiled water, sometimes alone or with honey, herbs, tea, etc. This natural way of healing is much more efficient and better than the drugs that we can get off the counter or prescribed.

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      • Qian,
        I am glad to hear that you too believe that natural remedies are much better for our systems than prescribed drugs. I never really liked using prescribed medications. There have been many illnesses that I would have much rather suffered through, or find a natural way to resolve, than turn to a painkiller or something prescribed by my doctor. I think it is the way we should treat our bodies.

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      • Qian Ren says:

        Lynnou,

        I agree with you on that. On the topic of natural remedies over prescribed drugs, I connect this to what Arianna Brown said how “drugs aren’t the only answer”. So what we consume is really important to the well being of our body and mind.

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  27. Pedro says:

    It is amazing at the things our minds and bodies are capable of, the placebo effect to me is a form of mind control, and as such, its effects can be either positive or negative. Something works because someone believes it works. Placebo is why witchcraft works. It’s real for those who believe it’s real. Though I don’t meditate often myself, I’ve known people that do and they are usually pretty relaxed most of the time. Sitting in meditation allows one to calm their mind, which in turns lower the heart rate, affects all bodily functions in a positive manner, releasing the stress and emotional reactions to the world around us. It is a demanding world which has lots of pulls and if we don’t take the time to “be still”, it affects our Being, and others Beings. When we are calm those around us also have the opportunity to become calm.

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  28. Jonathan Hock says:

    There are certain truths from this article that I have personally discovered. First, I’d like to say that I believe alternative medicines should be explored as there is so much that we do not know and more that we are discovering about the human body. Not to say that conventional medicine should be disregarded, just that people need to keep an open mind when seeking treatment. I think that my generation, the millennials, have an issue with attention spans. Through social media and technology we have become the ‘instant gratification generation’. When I first separated from the Army my military to civilian transition was a rough time for me not only did I have a count down for the most stable thing I’ve ever had in my life, I was also going through a divorce and planning on moving across the country. I also have bad habits of handling my emotional issues which effect every aspect of my life. It was also around this time that I started doing yoga. I first started it solely as a physical practice, but each class had somewhat of a mandatory meditation at the end of the physical moving. I kept going to class more and more and was eager to learn as much as I could about yoga because it was directly impacting my mental health. I soon learned more on eastern philosophies and how mindfulness and meditation help people heal their brains and body. Though I’m quite secular when reflecting religion, I believe eastern philosophy in practice can have healthy affects on the body. The more we research placebos I’m sure we will link it to self healing.

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  29. Ali Abdullah says:

    I found the article very informative and intriguing. I’ve always thought having the peace of mind about an illness is far more effective than any medication. Knowing that you’re not alone dealing with your illness, confidence in your ability to battle it, and believing that your treatment will work has the power to influence your body positively. As stated in the article, Marchant mentioned that giving patients honest placebos still works which, in a way, proves that knowing there is somebody on your side battling what ever it is that you have helps.

    I remember my grandmother having problems with her mild painkiller medication that she used to take to suppress the pain in her knee joints. After a while of taking said medication, the doctor suggested that she stops taking it and try exercising to lose some weight which will reduce the pain she experienced gravely. Of course, she declined and asked for an alternative or a refill. After having discussed it with my family, the doctor gave her sugar pills which she proceeded to take the same way. She reported that the new pills aren’t as effective as the previous medication but they sure work to reduce the pain much more than when she wasn’t taking any medication. By now, I am sure you figured that my grandmother isn’t an easy person to deal with, but placebos worked for her because she believed they will reduce her pain. Ever since, I believed it’s mostly about what you think of the medication, which can have a negative effect sometimes. How? When you think your REAL medication doesn’t really work, for example, I don’t think off the shelf sleeping aid work (such as, ZzzQuil etc..) and they never did for me probably because I was skeptical the first time I tried it, even though I consumed the whole bottle trying to fall a sleep. In essence, I really do believe mind over matter, a healthy state of mind leads to a healthier and a happier life and we are all ought to take care of our bodies.

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  30. Javier Lemus says:

    I personally found the experiment with the video game and the hot water very interesting. I play a lot of video games myself, and it can really distract you from everything else. Sometimes I can be feeling tired after a long day of work, and as soon as i sit down and start playing my mind completely forgets and before I know it is midnight. I do think that a lot of problems are mostly “in our minds” specially when it comes to those people who spend too much time on WebMD looking for symptoms to what they think they have. If prescription drugs or at least the opium-based ones are supposed to mimic the endorphins and the same chemicals that travel trough the brain, is it possible to come to this state of mind of self-healing trough meditation? Is it possible to get to a state where if you keep telling yourself that your leg doesn’t hurt, you will eventually believe it and it will really stop hurting? I would like to see more research being done on this subject since it’s very interesting and there seems to be very little info about it.

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    • Robert Tynes says:

      Your thought about telling ourselves that we are not in pain and achieving it, reminds me of this book called “The Secret” that talks about “asking the universe” for the change you want to see in your life and then being open to recieve it. I think it’s called “the power of attraction”, part of the process would have to be -not- focusing on your problem and instead focusing on the solution. I wonder if not even thinking about the pain is really what is causing the disconnect as opposed to focusing on it and telling yourself it isn’t there. It’s almost like telling yourself that it’s there before even telling yourself it’s not. If you’ve convinced yourself the rain is acid and going to burn your skin, then what are the chances you will actually try to step into the rain to try it out for yourself?

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      • pridethomas says:

        I believe to an extent you can tell yourself something is not bothering you for an example, and we’ve all maybe have done this before where it is cold out and you feel like your face is going to fall off and personally I like to chant “it’s is hot outside ! I am sweating, man is it bright!.” Usually the pain on my face and fingers subdue but don’t go away. Maybe test that out this summer as you are sweating and it feels like your skin is ablaze… People usually say”think cool thoughts” however you know you are still super hot or cold the feeling is just subdued.

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  31. Robert Tynes says:

    This article was informative in describing the placebo phenomenon. I find it interesting that the people we rely on to diagnose, treat, amd cure our disorders or ailments know so little about the causes. This goes back to sensations and perceptions. We as humans can only take in information through our 5 senses. Those senses then have to be analyzed to provide a perception, better yet a description of what these senses are telling us. When a scientist chemist, or doctor, sees change in the “behavior” of anything, from a cell to a human or any living organism, it simply is not enough information to intervene with a guarantee of a cure. Surely we have medicines that interact with the chemicals that have been observed (senses) in our bodies but we really don’t know why or how they work without intervention. All of the drugs we currently use are against the will of the body. It is an interference of the natural mechanism of it. Many drugs have proven to create a dependence that is not so different from its own dependence on the chemicals it makes and distributes to keep itself alive. Our bodies are dependent on chemicals, but the methods we are using to introduce them also allow foreign substances to be ingested and distributed and possibly misdirected. There is adocumentary on youtube, that i will post when I find it, that describes one way that drugs to cure new illnesses are “discovered” and it gives you a whole new outlook on how heavily scientists are relying on technology to see how chemicals interact with each other before sending new drugs out for clinical trials.

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    • Robert Tynes says:

      https://youtu.be/Lo0iWh53Pjs – This is a video on the effect of pyschotropic drugs. I’m not sure if it is the video I saw that talked about the manufacturing, but I remember watching it before and it speaks about drugs that alter the mind and several viewpoints on the subject.

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      • Sarah Erritouni says:

        To be completely honest, watching this video was kind of like watching one of those conspiracy theories that are all over YouTube. I do agree with the documentary that the vast majority of psychiatric diagnoses can be treated without the use of prescription drugs but I don’t agree with the statement that psychiatry has no real application and that the labels psychiatrist give are fabricated.

        The video argues that the problems psychiatrists claim a patient has are all normal, momentary downs and that they twist a reasonable, and fleeting, depression into an overblown mental issue simply for monetary gain. The video also states, and has psychiatrists confirm, that there is no real scientific component of the trade.

        I am with them when they say that a lot of the diagnoses psychiartists deal with are generally undetectable through any physical scan if the body but I do not agree that all psychiatrists do is slap uneducated, unrealistic labels on people to pull money out of their pockets.

        I agree that most human beings have suffered some form of anxiety or depression at some point in their lifetime which was forgotten after a while but I also believe that all people are different. What one person may have found rather simple to deal with another may struggle with for the rest of their lives, and those are the people, I hope, who are diagnosed and go forth with whatever treatment their psychiatrist believes would fix the problem.

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  32. Michele McKinnon says:

    This article was interesting. The human body never ceases to amaze me. Our brains are truly our most powerful tool. I think it’s true that many diseases can be cured with alternative diets and even meditation coupled with positive thoughts can have a great effect on the body. If we trick our minds into believing something is true, then ultimately it will become true. This is something that can applied to all areas of life, not just medicine. Perhaps this mind over matter subject can applied to the many people in the world suffering from different ailments or various chronic diseases. Prescription drugs shouldn’t always be the first resort. Often times they create more issues for the patient.

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    • Sarah Erritouni says:

      I’m with you on the whole ‘drugs shouldn’t be option #1’ thing. That’s honestly mostly because of my mother. She has never believed in resorting to prescription simply because it was available. She thought it was best to let the body fight the petty illnesses and only search for help when whatever affliction my sister or I suffered was more than just a common ailment. My mother’s opinion and attitude towards drugs has led me to avoid them when I believed I could handle my issue on my own, and so far I have managed to avoid a whole lot of pain killers simply by laying down and doing nothing but breathe for a little while.

      I do however have a small problem with this reality, which is only intensified by Dr. Marchant’s comment on how drugs aren’t always necessary. If prescription drugs are less effective than psychological remedies and have the possibility of causing more problems for a patient, why does the medical world so reliant on them?

      I’m not sure if they answer to this question will be a continued praise of non-drug related solutions or a rebuttal on the actual usefulness and reliability of prescription drugs but either way I’d really like to know.

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  33. daelynnvalerio says:

    I believe that our mind plays a very important role in the way our body behaves. I truly believe that our mind is capable of controlling our emotions, actions, and behavior. For example, if you tell yourself that your head hurts, but even though it does not hurt your body would start believing that it does, causing pain. This is due to the fact that our mind controls the way our body behaves. This is why when we say that the placebo would work, it eventually does because our body and mind now believe so. Our mind also rules our emotions, for example, when we overthink about a certain situation, which brings negative thought the individual would start having some negative emotions.
    I think if placebo work people should take them instead of actual drugs. If people are getting benefited by taking placebos they should keep taking them, that way their body would not be exposed to actual drugs.

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    • Qian Ren says:

      Hi daelynnvalerio

      I agree with you on the fact that our minds are so powerful it plays a vital role in how our bodies behave. I liked how you went to explain more about what else it controls such as emotions, actions, and behaviors and, I liked how you brought up negatively. Like how the article stated that, if we fill ourselves with stress, that would increase negative thoughts. So to overpower these stress we should fill ourselves with positively. Although the placebo effect sometimes can be quite helpful to a handful of people, like how Arianna Brown said “drugs aren’t the only answer”. I read Arianna Brown’s post and I am 100% with her. I am beyond happy that she had found a natural method through diet. I can connect to her on how my diet once affected my body and health. When I ran cross country and track I would often have shin splints or aches and pains, here and there. Often people would suggest that I take Ibuprofen or painkillers to ease the pain, but my parents didn’t really like the idea of taking drugs to ease pains. They too believed that there was a natural way of helping me heal. Every day after practices, my coach would remind us to eat, sleep, and hydrate, he would repeat it so much it was like he had drilled it into our heads. Sleeping the recommended hours, constantly drink water and hydrating throughout the day, and eat healthy meals, were important aspects of being a responsible athlete. Full of guilt, I later learned why I was having shin splints, I wasn’t drinking enough water and not getting enough of sleep. After that, I started to drink more water and stopped procrastinating with my school work, which all got me back on track with my running. Going back to being positive and keeping negativity out, slow jogs are really good for meditation!

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      • daelynnvalerio says:

        I am happy to hear you agree with me. I agree with you 100%, natural remedies worked as well as drugs. Taking drugs isn’t good for our body. I glad you find another way to ease the pain. Sometimes getting chin splints and head ace is a way of our body telling us that we are not doing sometime right. In your case you weren’t drinking enough water nor getting enough sleep. I think drugs are very harmful to our body, i mean why take drugs when placebos work as well as drugs?

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      • Qian Ren says:

        Hello daelynnvalerio

        I agree with you. Now looking back on it, I am glad that I didn’t turn to medicine right away. I was glad that I was able to cure the pain naturally because that is the right way to respond to how our body acts naturally. The pain was a message from my body telling me that I am lacking what it needs to function; food and water.

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  34. I found this article to be quite interesting because of how much this can help burn victims. This placebo effect can help people who have burned because it will help them forget about the pain that they are trying to endure. The process by which they do this begins with putting on noise cancelling headphones, then the scientists made the patient play a virtual reality video game that made the patient forget about the pain the burn. This article showed me that the placebo is real and can be helpful to people in the hospital setting. I now believe that in certain circumstances people can be relieved of their pain or illness with a placebo such as this or the more mainstream one such as the pill. For example if you had a headache, there would be something for you to do or consume other than a pill.

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    • daelynnvalerio says:

      Hello Omar,
      I agree with your statement placebo can be very helpful for those in pain. If you think about it our mind places a very important role in the way our body behaves. We can let our body believe anything that we want to. Our mind controls almost our entire body. If you think about we can make our body believe anything we say. This is why placebo works as well as prescribed medication

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    • I agree as well that the placebo effect can help individuals such as burn victims, the mind over body concept is present in placebo expirment. The mind overcomes the body in the case of tricking it to believe what it wants the body to think. Mind over body is a helpful method in treating patients with various illnesses

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    • Beshoy Abdelmalak says:

      Hello Omar,
      I totally agree with the mind over matter control technique but did it actually work for burn victims? I mean, it could work for tress or anxiety or any psychological related issue but did it really work for physically-hurt people? It sounds to me like this is very optimistic more than being realistic? Do you have a link to that study you mentioned before?
      Thank you

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  35. Martin conserva says:

    The mind-body connection is an amazing thing. They have had studies where people have increased muscle size and strength while in casts just by visualizing strength exercises. Other studies showed equal increase in ability playing basketball while one group played for a month and another sat and visualized getting the ball in. Meditation is good for visually healing your body and aligning your chakras. It has proven to lower violence in schools and help PTSD symptoms in veterans.
    I believe we should teach the minds ability in school. It is well known throughout ancient cultures that the mind is very powerful. Science has already proven that we can alter reality with our consciousness on the atomic level. “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” Nikola Tesla. I think we are more ahead than science leads us to believe.

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    • Sara Sada says:

      Good point Martin. I truly believe that with meditation and other relaxing activities the mind can be used more effectively. I totally agree it should start in school. I teach toddlers and sometimes on really high energy days we do yoga to relax a little before going to lunch. It works wonders. They seem more relax and in tune with the rest of their peers. They should start this at a younger age. With practice, the mind will be more effective.

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  36. Sarah Erritouni says:

    Dr. Marchant’s comment that the human mind has a limited attention span is not really all that surprising. Although the human mind can do extrodinary things, it, like all other parts of our world, has its boundaries. Not to say these boundaries are a bad thing; in fact I, like many others, I would imagine, use this very fact to ignore the pains that are common and insistent through the month of Ramadan.

    For those who do not know, Ramadan is a holy month in Islam in which Muslims are required to give up all forms of food and drinks, water included, from sunrise to sunset. Although, many will agree, fasting gets easier after a few days, every now and then these lovely things known as hunger pains pop up and refuse to be ignored.

    For me, the only way I could possibly go on without curling over from hunger is by distracting myself with something else. Just about any activity can distract me from the pain but I have noticed that if I am doing something I find unpleasant, the majority of my attention returns to the pain. I’m assuming this happens because I am not interested enough in what I am doing to drag my attention away from the pain.

    On the other hand, whenever I do find something I actually enjoy, I no longer feel even the slightest nudge of pain; even when I concentrate on the pain to try to gauge just how much food I should eat when sunset comes, I feel absolutely nothing. Since, as Dr. Marchant points out, my mind has directed all of its attention on what I am doing at the moment, it no longer has enough room to properly register the pain.

    I honestly think that the research Dr. Marchant suggests would be really helpful, not to mention really interesting. Also, does anyone have the links to the studies mentioned? I would really like to read through them.

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    • Sara Sada says:

      I totally agree with you sarah. As stated in the article, the mind has the power to overcome any pain like the burning hot water on her feet in the first example. I myself also observe Ramadan and during this month it is all about self control and a lot with the mind. For example at a busy day in my toddler classroom, especially with the younger toddlers 4 hours would go by and I would not even notice them because there was so much to do within that time. I totally agree with the placebo affect, the mind is such a powerful tool that it will repair itself of the pain if it knows there is some relief. Ramadan is filled with temptation, but I feel that the mind once trained to focus on other things can tackle other obstacles. Great point.

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  37. Lynnou Modestin says:

    I agree that the mind is a powerful thing. I get really bad cold sores nd have been getting them for as long as I can remember. They became so terrible and often that my doctor put me on medication. I became dependent on the medication, and whenever I would feel a old sore coming I would call my doctor so he could refill the prescription. There came a point ,when I was old enough to understand what the drugs were actually doing to my liver and kidneys, that I did not want to become so dependent on the medication. So I experimented with natural remedies, and found ways to lower my stress levels. Finally I found what would work for me and I now don’t get cold sores as often, or severely. When I do my natural remedy, organic tea tree oil, takes care of the cold sore faster than the prescribed medication ever did. I was just convincing myself that I needed it in order for my cold sores to go away and that would be the only solution, but now I know that is not the case.

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    • Kelcey Montimes says:

      Hi Lynnou Modestin,
      I completely agree with you. I had the same problem with allergies. At first, I convinced myself that prescribed medication was the only option, but after trying natural remedies I found out that they worked just as well. There are a lot of natural remedies for allergies such as Apple Cider vinegar, Nettle leaf, local honey, and Quercetin. I tried different options but local honey seemed to work the best for me. Taking natural remedies is so much better and healthy for our body.

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      • Kelcey,
        I suffer from allergies and when allergy season comes around, my mother begs me to take my prescribed allergy pills. I am so grateful for your suggestions/alternatives to coping with allergies. I will be sure to use them and I am grateful I will no longer need to muddle through my allergies everyday.

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    • Sierra Hitchcock says:

      I know what you mean about feeling dependent, Beshoy. I use to take Melatonin before I went to bed so I would be able to get to sleep. I became so worried that I wouldn’t be able to sleep without it that I made sure to always take it and did so for about a year and a half. Like you, it wasn’t until I actually learned more about Melatonin and how it effected my body that I realized I shouldn’t be taking it. Not taking it was scary and waking up the next morning was a rude reminder of why I had taken it in the first place. It’s been a year and two-thirds since I stopped taking it and my mind and body have thankfully readjusted. I have also tried different natural remedies and different bed time routines and have finally figured out what works for me. It is freeing to know that I am not dependent on a pill and that I can let my natural melatonin levels do the work.

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  38. Jonathan Hock says:

    Lets debate.

    I have heard lots on this subject and this specific article is shedding light to changing ourselves internally. However, I’d like to change the subject and bring up a topic for a healthy debate. How do you guys feel about our minds changing external factors in our reality? I remember when ‘The Secret’ was a big deal a few years ago. It’s essentially the law of attraction which is a theory that has been used in societies across the world and through different era’s as well. Generally it states that positive thoughts manifest into our universe and return as positive results and negative thoughts manifest as negativity. The people who practice the law of attraction, in my experience, are very passionate about it and some may come across as obsessed. While I don’t think its a bad thing for people to totally immerse themselves in optimism, I just think living in a state of wishful imagination could be harmful to someones perspective on reality. Then again maybe its all real and science will be able to clearly display how it works, I wouldn’t know. The author of the secret claimed that she needed to share the law of attraction with everyone but it could also be a well played marketing scheme. I’m not disagreeing with anything in the ‘Mind Over Matter’ article, just more or less using this as an opportunity to bring up my thoughts on the subject. I am open to believing our minds have the capability of healing our own bodies, I’ve experienced it myself with meditation, I’m just not on board with it changing our external factors. It comes across as a delusional cop-out for handwork and determination. Or maybe I’m just the guy who wants to work twice as hard to get twice as far and reflect on my life as a grumpy old man referencing the glory days and telling the young-ins how I had to walk up hill both ways. I’ve always respected a good healthy dose of pessimism to smack me down, keep me humble, and reset my expectations on my goals in life. I’m an existentialist with border line nihilistic tendencies unfortunately, so, I also don’t really give a crap.

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    • Robert Tynes says:

      Jonathan,
      I definitely remember “The secret”. I still have the book and a friend mailed me the dvd about 10 years ago. While I wouldn’t use the methods in the book as a daily philosophy to “obtain everything you want by just asking”, I understand the idea of keeping a positive mindset about your goals and staying aware of your everyday interactions to be ready to “receive” said goal. The author of the book, put together many testimonials of this “belief” that has made it’s way through history under the guises of many different faith groups. Although I have yet to think of a medium rare steak and have it appear in my face in 20 minutes, I do believe that by focusing on something all of your attention is forced to acknowledge it. If you initially judge something as negative and continue to look at it through a negative lens you may convince yourself that it in fact is negative without allowing a chance to see it in a different light and never choose to use it to your advantage. While, as dangerous as may seem to do in this “new world”, attempting to keep a positive outlook on life and experiences has the potential to keep one open to new experiences not blocked by a malformed perception. I’m not saying I’m a cheerful ray of sunshine, but when you look at the world a little differently, the world gives off the illusion of change. All in the change of perspective. One of my brothers favorite quotes is “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”

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    • I don’t agree that mind over matter is a cop out for hard work. Yes, some people may use it as a comfort or a way to cope with the struggles of hard work, but that is up to them. Every one comes up with ways to make hard work easier. I myself believe that hard work is the only way to get want you want honestly, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that hard work is in fact hard. Of course I try and find ways to make it easier, I think its the only way hard working people cope with hard work. Now I am all for humbling myself and having a good look at whats real, but there is a difference between pessimism and realism. I am a realist, I have always been the person to have my goals in place and to bring everyone else back down to reality.

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      • Judene says:

        Lynnou,
        I agreed with you. I don’t agreed with “mind over matter” In the workplace. It depends on how the individual cope with stress and the pressure of completing the job. I work with difficult customers and colleagues sometime but I have learned to control myself during those difficult moments.

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      • Judene,
        I have to disagree with you because I think we all you mind over matter in some way, to some degree in some aspect of our lives. Whether we know it or not, we all have ways that our mind uses to help us get through things.

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    • Sierra Hitchcock says:

      Whether or not “The secret” actually works, I think that projecting positive thoughts and focusing our minds to be positive is important. If you think positively you are more aware of the positive things happening to and around you, as opposed to letting them passively go by unnoticed. The same goes for thinking negatively. This increased awareness of positivity and negativity may account for why people believe in “The secret.” Even when I feel like the world is crashing down around me and that anything and everything is going wrong I still try to find the positive in the situation. It isn’t always easy but if forces me to look at the situation from a different angle and I often realize that things aren’t as bad as I thought. So no matter if “The secret” works or not, I am all for thinking positively.

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  39. Beshoy Abdelmalak says:

    It is very interesting how a powerful mind can control our body and even treat the symptoms of some diseases and help cure a certain disease. I think the challenge is that we always need to train ourselves to think in a positive way and “Chose” a healthy way of thinking. Personally, when I was in Egypt, I had a lot of free time to go and meditate in a garden or a nice monastery where I would do nothing but clear my thoughts and my head and release the stress. When I would go back home after a week of meditation, I would like I am starting fresh.
    The challenge now in this very fast-base life is that we need quick results on the short term and that makes us dependable on those drugs because they do all the work for us. I personally overwork sometimes and byt he tim I go home, I don’t have any energy or time to mediate and relax. I would always take those anti-anxiety medication so that I would grantee that I would wake up just fine to go to work. And that makes me feel like a machine sometimes.

    When it comes to placebos, I have read a book that written by a traveler, when he was in Thailand, he felt very sick so he went to the doctor. The doctor gave him some medication. When he went to do the follow-up three days later, he thanked the doctor for the medications because they worked great. The doctor told him that those were placebos and that almost every tourist goes and complaints of the same symptoms, and she gives them the same placebos. The doctor said that most tourists think that they cannot handle the change in the weather and that is why “feel” sick and that they cannot handle that on their own and want to feel like they get some help.

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    • Sarah Erritouni says:

      The thing with travel really is true. From my experience, travel, regardless of how far away, tends to cause somebody some form of discomfort. The most common remedy I see being used to counteract this is distraction; occupy the brain’s limited attention and it will forget it was unhappy with the situation.

      Also, do you by any chance still remember the title of the book. I’d really like to know what kind of doctor is legally allowed to hand people placebos in replacement of medication without having an experiment running.

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  40. Kelcey Montimes says:

    I completely agree with this article because our mind does play a very important role in the way our body behaves. I get really bad allergies. I started to take prescribed medication which at first worked very well. I remember telling myself that if I did not take any medication my allergies would not get any better. Every time I had really bad allergies I would take prescribed medication because I believed that was the only solution. As a grew older I learned that prescribed medication can be very harmful to our body, this is why I decided to try other options such as natural remedies. After experimenting with natural remedies, I found out that local honey from a farmer’s market works very well. At first, I convinced myself that prescribed medication was the only solution and this is why nothing else worked, but after convincing myself that natural remedies worked just as good my allergies got better by taking natural remedies.

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    • The mind does have a important role in the way our body behaves and responses to pain. Your mind influenced yourself the only way to get better was to take the prescribed medication. The mind believed the prescribed medication would alleviate the pain caused by your allergies. However the medication had harmful effect to your body as well, the mind distracted the body from the harmful effects of the prescribed medication and focused on the positive effects of the medication, resulting in the mind helping power the body

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      • kmontimes4299 says:

        I have to agree with you on that, our mind does help power the body. Our mind is crucial to the way our body behaves. Our body believes every time our mind tell it, so for instance if we tell ourselves that placebo would not work, then it would not work what so ever. But if we tell ourselves that placebos work as well as drugs, then placebos would have a positive impact in our body.

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  41. Listen to Dr. Marchant explain the process and please feel free to offer your insight and opinions regarding the topic.

    The article stimulated my interest on how meditation, placebos, and virtual reality play a role in helping power, mind over body. Mind over Body, is the use of willpower to overcome physical problems, from the article I concur that the mind is capable of controlling the body’s response to pain. In the article, Dr. Marchant is in pain but is distracted by a larger commanding matter, as Marchant is focused on the more pressing matter he forgets about the pain. There is less attention for experiencing the pain, the mind essentially tricks the body into believing there is no pain by redirecting the body’s attention. The course of the research shows that drug aren’t the only option in order to alleviate pain, placebos, a substance with no therapeutic effect, could be utilized to treat patients that believe they are suffering from pain. For example if you take a fake painkiller, believing it is a real drug with each painkiller you will believe the drug is taking effect and you are getting healthy. In reality, your mind eases your symptoms with biological changes because it believes the drugs are taking effect. Meditation is another method in which the mind powers the body and controls the body’s response to pain. Meditation allows the mind to enter a state free of stress, the body is highly resistant to stress and pain from the environment. A relaxed mind correlates to a healthy body, meanwhile a stressed mind results in a fatigue body. In a sense the mind can overpower the mind in controlling various aspects of the body such as pain with the utilization of willpower the mind can overcome pain inflicted upon the body.

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    • Jennifer N says:

      I agree with how the article captured your attention. It’s true are body does know how to conquer our pains because it is self- healing. Centuries before us didn’t have any pills or any special devices we have today and they found their ways to heal naturally. Although they possibly couldn’t also taken some type of treatment the overall message is that the body will know how to control our pain and wounds. So therefore drugs are helpful but getting a placebo can be as well giving it the same effect.

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  42. Jonathan hock says:

    Arianna Brown’s post is just one example of how changing our diets can directly affect our health. My personal philosophy with food is to abstain from most processed foods that were invented in labs in about the last 50-60 years. I like to eat foods that I clearly know the sources and are natural. Of course I eat processed foods occasionally so long as it does not become the staples of my diet. For the most part I believe our body can heal itself from the inside out according to how nutrient rich and chemical free our foods are. I’m glad to see she took her TS into her own hands and was able to control it through natural alternatives. The bare minimum on how many nutrition classes a medical doctor needs will shock you.

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  43. Reading this article, and having discussed how drugs affect the users brain chemistry in class, got me to thinking about an interesting possibility: Using placebos as part of the weening off of drugs process. If a person is in recovery for heroin, they get given “less harmful’ addictive drugs. I would be interested to see what results would be achieved if a person was started on Methadone, then switched to placebos.

    The other major takeaway I got from the article was the variety of uses for placebos and relaxation/distraction techniques. I did not know that my brain would feel less pain if it were engaged in other activities, but when reflecting on that idea, it not only makes sense, but it’s something that we have all experienced. When playing a sport, football for example, I have felt pain between plays. As soon as the play starts, there is no pain. Once the play ends, that ankle is hurting again.

    All of the points made make logical sense. The way I see it, pain is something that your brain is telling you you’re experiencing. The brain can be tricked in a sense, simply by giving it more stimulus.

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  44. Jennifer N says:

    I found this article very interesting because it’s crazy to think that our minds can make us believe that something is happening that really isn’t taking place. I’ve heard of the placebo effect but never really looked into it. People actually know these pills have no effect but still take them and somehow it works? It just makes me think about what if the pills people use on a daily basis were replaced by placebos would people still say they received the same effect or notice that something is different? I know that some women take pills for menstrual cramps or are even prescribed them. Now, I know it’s illegal but what if they were replaced would they say that they still work by minimizing the pain? It’s hard to believe such hings take place or that our bodies are so used to the pill that it still acts the same with a placebo.

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  45. Sara Sada says:

    From reading about the placebo effect and Arianna’s story, I am completely blown away by how powerful the human brain actually is. It could withstand pain, suffering and even how the body feels better is determined through the brain and thought process. I do a great deal of meditation and yoga with my toddlers to relax. The mind is really powerfull, I find this through every time I have headaches, no matter how bad it is, I don’t like taking pills, and I’m even nauseous around them when I do have to take yhem. Through time I did find a process of calming myself down when I have a headache. I love reading and writing and through creativity the headache usually subsides pretty quickly depending on the situation. I have heard of the placebo effect before reading this, but I had no idea it can be used with any kind of prescription. It is amazing, it’s like tricking your mind to believe that what you are taking is real, and your body mimics that. I’ve heard of women who really want a baby so badly that their body mimics the signs of pregnancy. It is amazing how powerful and responsive the brain and human body actually is. I would love to read more article about this topic. It is so fascinating.

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  46. Fynesse Phillip-Arroyo says:

    This article is very informative. I have always had a feeling that the placebo effect was real even before legitimately learning about it. Mind over matter seemed to be a phrase people used my entire life but now it completely makes sense. I would like to point out the part when Marchant explains even when you’re actually hurt just getting a bit of attention, weither its a placebo pill or a doctors visit you feel better. I had really bad knee pains once, I visited my doctor and while explaining to her where the pain was I couldn’t really feel it anymore. She compares getting a placebo pill to Pavlovs conditioning experiment saying our body has a learned a response and eventually the response will become automatic.

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  47. Fynesse Phillip-Arroyo says:

    Reading Ariannas comment puts this article into perspective. Even though she really had the syndrome she was able to control it with lots of conditioning and change. It is very interesting to hear first hand that mind over matter is real with all people. When she said she would have never began to tick if her boyfriends family didn’t mention the sazon. The fact that you decided to choose other options besides medicines proves pills don’t always work for your benefit. Watching the movie “Do No Harm” also adds a lot to this discussion. Sometimes this placebo experiment is not worth the wait or the side effects. All natural medicines, herbs and diets benefit more than any pill or doctor.

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