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The placebo effect is nothing to sneeze at, it may be the working capital, which creates healing. Most primary care doctors along with patients assume that the purple pill sets the stage for healing possibilities. There is the visible and the not so visible, which directs the outcome. The force that determines the outcome only you can direct. For that you need motivation, belief and action.
Research Says It’s True
Researchers used the placebo effect to successfully treat psoriasis patients with one quarter to one half of their usual doses of a prescribed steroid medication. This is according to a study published online in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. This suggested to the researchers that this new technique could help treat other chronic disease such as: asthma, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.
Steroids are a nasty bunch of drugs, since the side effects make it a poor choice for long term treatment. New treatments in the future can now mix active drug and placebo. Researchers at the university of Rochester Medical Center hope to maximize drug benefits and reduce side effects.
The publication is a product of decades of research in the emerging field of “psychoneuro-immunology,” which holds that the ability of the human immune system to fight disease is closely linked with a person’s mind. Thoughts and moods are captured in neurochemicals that cause the release of hormones which interact with disease-fighting cells.
Placebo Effect Makes Drugs Effective
Placebo studies are the gold standard of medical research and are also called double-bind studies. Placebo-controlled clinical trials, are where you give one group of patients a medicine you want to test and other a dummy pill, which hasn’t any active ingredients without the patients knowledge.
The roots of the placebo effect can be traced backed eons and is a part of many cultures healing practices. The roots of the way modern medicine uses this seems to go back to World War Two. A nurse assisting an anesthetist named Henry Beecher, used salt water in an injection to relieve a soldier’s pain when the morphine supply ran out. Low and behold: it both relieved the pain and prevented the onset of shock.
After the war Beecher returned to his post at Harvard and inspired by the nurses act, he launched a crusade to promote a method of testing new medicines.
In a 1955 paper “ The Powerful Placebo,” published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, Beecher wrote how the placebo effect undermined the results of more than a dozen trials by causing improvements that were attributed to the drugs being tested. He demonstrated that trial volunteers who got real medication were also subjected to the the placebo effects. It seemed the act of taking the pill was seen as therapeutic and this boosted the power of the medicine.
In a Harvard Medical School study, researcher Ted Kaptchuk tested volunteers’ response to varying levels of psychological intervention. The study focus was irritable bowel syndrome, a chronic condition that is hard to treat medically. The volunteers were randomly placed in one of three groups. One group was put on a waiting list; it is known that some people get better from just signing up for a trial. The next group received a placebo treatment from a clinician who didn’t do much interacting with the person. Volunteers in the third group also received placebo treatment, but from a clinician who asked them questions about their symptoms, told them the causes of IBS, and were optimistic about the condition. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to choose the group that improved the most.
What Doctors Don’t Understand
Placebos are considered a psychological response related to gullibility rather than a physiological occurrence. There are real biochemical reactions, which occur when using a placebo. There are self-healing responses that come into play. Placebo activated opioids will relieve pain, modulate heart rate and respiration. Dopamine is released by placebos. There are mechanism getting activated, which will elevate mood, raise cognitive ability, alleviate digestive disorders, help sleep, and cut down on the stress-related hormones like insulin and cortisol.
You are what you eat, and this proves you are what you think and believe. That is why pills come in an assortment of colors, it isn’t just so you don’t mix them up. With all the hype prescription drugs get the colors, design, words and displays may deserve credit for the symptom relief, and the ingredients for the side effects.
Health care in America doesn’t support health. Health care has adopted a very clear way of delivering wellness. It bypasses Mother Nature and goes to work interfering with natural healing.
Scary Health Care
There is an updated joint guideline by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) about the appropriate use of erythropiesis- stimulating agents (ESAs), a class of drugs that stimulate the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells, to treat cancer patients with chemotherapy-induced anemia. While the guideline cautions that ESAs are associated with shorter survival and increased risk of thromboembolism-blood clots-and tumor progression, it also recognizes their major benefit of reducing the need for red blood cell transfusions, which can potentially cause serious infections and adverse reactions in the immune system.
Enough said lets try something different, which will make a substantial impact on the condition. It is becoming increasingly clear that the battle is being fought on the wrong front, with the wrong weapons, and the wrong idea of what the enemy looks like.
What medicine does is try to reinvent the wheel. They are engaging a battle with a condition they don’t even understand. Without the answers to a few basic questions you can’t actually expect to come up with productive solutions. Healing is not a matter of going to war, but identifying and rectifying a condition. You have to support the immune system not destroy it.
It seems like the health care industry is on autopilot, they aren’t transformers of health, but Kamikazes. They are bent on destruction of a tumor at any costs, to the point of putting the patient in great jeopardy.
Healing is an Amazing Journey
What you do right now makes tomorrow. Most health problems are what you did before. Understanding this simple concept eludes the medical community.
To feel better now you have to be and act better now. Instead of trying to kill the messenger, you balance your body back to health.
What the medical profession doesn’t strive for is giving you the best quality and quantity of life. They don’t know how to. What you inhale, ingest, and absorb are every bit a part of the picture.
The common co-defendants are what is on your dinner plate, prescriptions, air pollution, stress level, and chemical exposure. So chemo isn’t detoxification it is a powerful response to a weaken condition. Now it will add discomfort, constipation, depression, memory loss, nausea, hair loss, and a host of other problems. Long lasting health, vitality and stamina are not a chemo formula away.
Complimentary methods of healing work. The emphasis must be on combining the best of both worlds to make health care relevant. I have been known to complain about the status quo of our healthcare system and lifestyle.
There are plenty of websites that do that very well. Included are Mike Adams of Natural News fame, Dr. Byron Richards, Dr. Mercola, and a number of others. They are also solution oriented. The public already knows there are problems with modern medicine. Some know that our food supply is dangerous.
I also am very solution oriented, from all the years in the world of both alternative and complementary medicine. The difference is that we will be working with the health care providers that are open to new ideas. I have seen some of the miraculous healing that come about from both alternative and complimentary medicine.
People have gotten their lives back thanks to these methods. Now.I will be bringing you the best in alternative and complementary healing. These will be ones that will help solve some of the problems that our society is facing due to our lifestyle which includes our food choices, and pharmaceutical dependency.
My greatest hope is that we proceed to incorporate some of the best modalities into our medical practices. At the end of the day we will not be able to defeat allopathic medicine Perhaps that shouldn’t be the goal. Getting them on the right road may be something that is in the future. Incorporating some new modalities with a different prospective is what is needed.
We offer the medical professionals out there a way to expand their practice, and serve their patients better.