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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. arpana says:

    I feel artical is very interesting even those that I believed our mind does help power the body.our mind is the main function of the body the way body behave.Our thought are powerful enough to bring things into existence when will we begin to absorb this..The brain can be tricked in a sense,simply by giving it more stimulus.

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  2. Yongting chen says:

    One thing I found very interesting is the capacity of attention that brain can offer. If we get distracted, we will feel less pain. Which remind me that doctor will give me candy to distract when she was taking a shot when in the younger age. This help me to connect another topic, which is memory. We only have certain amount of the working memory, so if we are playing our phone while we are driving, then we will burn our memory and get distracted.

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  3. Yongting chen says:

    One thing I found very interesting is the capacity of attention that brain can offer. If we get distracted, we will feel less pain. Which remind me that doctor will give me candy to distract when she was taking a shot when in the younger age. This help me to connect another topic, which is memory. We only have certain amount of the working memory, so if we are playing our phone while we are driving, then we will burn our memory and get distracted. Also the things about stress is very true. Because when I was very stress, I tend to incorporate many negative things into my brain, and make my feelings worst.

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  4. KaLok Kwok says:

    The placebo effect is actually very common is Hong Kong or even China. We have learned from traditional people that brain is capable of doing anything. For example, when I was getting cold or fever. My parents let me take the pills that we don’t even know where are the pills from. My parents just got it from their older friends. My parents just always said old people are always correct in anything because they have been through many different experiences. So their pill must work. I had to listen to them because I believe them since they are my parents. After few days, I felt like the pills work, and I was becoming normal again. However, when I took the biology class in high school. I realized human body is able to heal in some specific diseases. I understand my brain was distracted by what my parents told me, and my body just heals myself on its own. I was surprised that the rumors able to lie to my brain and got me distracted, and I felt like that I was getting better immediately after I took the pills. However, I have learned that the brain has more abilities than the body. In modern society, people are very easy to get stress. I am one of them. I have a very stressful life since I was a kid. I always feel stress when I didn’t able to achieve something. I became very difficult to fall as sleep. After I study aboard, I have learned from the successful wise people that attitude is the key to lead you success. After I read this research, I think the thought from the brain is the key to let me calm down, and let me become a man who can survive in a stressful environment. In the stressful environment, many people think most of the people in stressful environment definitely become more anger, stressful or brutal. However, I think there is a possibility that some people could become more clever, and have abilities to live with the stressful environment after I read this article. I think human’s brain is capable of leading people to a different level. The only thing is a positive attitude. Only people believe themselves in a positive attitude way, it has a chance to let the brain become unique to let people do something that they couldn’t do that before. I definitely that brain is the most powerful in humans and even lead human to evolution in the higher different level.

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  5. Shantal says:

    I find the placebo effect very interesting. How could you ignore pain from scalding hot water and be focused on a distracting noise? Hopefully, I never have to experience this. I can say something like this has happened to me before but I did not know the official name. I had a headache. usually, I try to ignore them because I try not to take medication as much as possible. This time I gave in and took an aspirin. almost immediately I started to feel my headache subside. Realistically I know them aspirin could not have kicked in that fast. I think it was my thought process and me knowing that I did take something and soon the pain would go away.

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