Dr Lissa Rankin on placebo/nocebo .

The Nocebo Effect: How Negative Thoughts Can Harm Your Health .

By Lissa Rankin, MD . (Goddess) !


” Most of us have heard of “the placebo effect,” the heal-inducing effect patients in clinical trials experience when they believe they’re getting a fancy new drug or surgery but are actually getting fake treatment. The placebo effect is real, it works about 18-80% of the time, and it’s not just in your head – it actually dilates bronchi, heals ulcers, makes warts disappear, drops your blood pressure, and even makes bald men who think they’re getting Rogaine grow hair! ”

Unwanted Side Effects

” But the placebo effect has a shadow side. The same mind-body power that can heal you can also harm you. When patients in double-blinded clinical trials are warned about the side effects they may experience if they’re given the real drug, approximately 25% experience sometimes severe side effects, even when they’re only taking sugar pills.

Those treated with nothing more than placebos often report fatigue, vomiting, muscle weakness, colds, ringing in the ears, taste disturbances, memory disturbances, and other symptoms that shouldn’t result from a sugar pill.

Interestingly, these nocebo complaints aren’t random; they tend to arise in response to the side effect warnings on the actual drug or treatment. The mere suggestion that a patient may experience negative symptoms in response to a medication (or a sugar pill) may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, if you tell a patient treated with a placebo he might experience nausea, he’s likely to feel nauseous. If you suggest that he might get a headache, he may. Patients given nothing but saline who thought it was chemotherapy actually threw up and lost their hair! ”

When You Think You’re Going To Die…

” In another study, patients about to undergo surgery who were “convinced” of their impending death were compared to another group of patients who were merely “unusually apprehensive” about death. While the apprehensive bunch fared pretty well, those who were convinced they were going to die usually did.

Similarly, women who believed they were prone to heart disease were four times more likely to die. It’s not because these women had poorer diets, higher blood pressure, higher cholesterol, or stronger family histories than the women who didn’t get heart disease. The only difference between the two groups was their beliefs.

The nocebo effect is probably most obvious in “voodoo death,” when a person is cursed, told they will die, and then dies. The notion of voodoo death doesn’t just apply to witch doctors in tribal cultures. The literature shows that patients believed to be terminal who are mistakenly informed that they have only a few months to live have died within their given time frame, even when autopsy findings reveal no physiological explanation for the early death. ”

Medical Hexing

” Every time your doctor tells you you have an “incurable” illness or that you’ll be on medication for the rest of your life or that you have a 5% five year survival, they’re essentially cursing you with a form of “medical hexing.” They don’t mean to. They’re not trying to harm you. They know not what they do…

Doctors think they’re telling it to you straight, that you deserve to know, that you should be realistic and make arrangements, if necessary. But when they say such things, they instill in your conscious and subconscious mind a belief that you won’t get well, and as long as the mind holds this negative belief, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you’ll never recover, you won’t. ”

What Do You Believe?

” Do you believe you’ll be on meds for the rest of your life? Are you resigned to the prognosis your doctor gave you? Or are you motivated to try to activate your body’s innate self-repair mechanisms by shifting your beliefs from negative ones to positive ones ” ?

With faith in your journey,
Dr. Lissa Rankin .

Placebo as positive and Nocebo as negative .


2 thoughts on “Dr Lissa Rankin on placebo/nocebo .

  1. Nice one Dave! So true hey! When they diagnosed me with epilepsy i was so scared…but, do i have it? because I am or have never been on medication for it and sitting at a table with people with epilepsy telling me they have 40 to 200 seizures a day and then theres me that has one every maybe year…if that…did they misdiagnose or do i just don’t pay it any attention..tell them to shove it and seizures dn’t bother me until i get really stressed or something? Interesting….to sue or not to sue!

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    • Yep different people , minds , and bodies …. My opinion and experience . The state of the mind is what will really determine how the body’s state is . I’ll quote from Schuessler – “Healing begins from the top down and from the inside out.” So its the mind first that needs to be healthy and 2nd we provide health at the smallest level inside , cellular then outward . Then i shall quote from the sky texts … As Above So Below , As Within So Without . The body below(micro) is a cosmos(macro) same as the above is . The soul inside reflects outside , but also i say that the mind is the above and the body is the below …. so as above so below in the human form itself alone . Micro/Macro cosms . Now beware of Nocebo’s(negative reinforcement) and welcome any Placebo’s(positive reinforcement) . This modern alternative medicine of today lamely attempts to classify and categorize all beings into groups and columns for big pharma . Basically say you have 1 million synthetic poisonous meds made for the variations of 7 billion humans … a “narrowing down” occurs and we call this or i do anyways the great “Dr Questionaire or survey sheets” on the clipboard ready for when you enter their office …. a complete medical system(termed practice) built off questionaires of sick and dis-eased people …… “telling the truth” . I’ll be doing a lil short write soon on how i was told 6 years ago from the heart specialists i would die from a heart attack within 1 year … Overall though you nailed it , stress and worry is what causes much ill health in the body today in these times , proven by ancient cultures and now science shows us how the chemicals are created/changed in the brain which bathe the bloodstream (organs , glands , etc ), the rivers and streams get contaminated throughout the landmass i like to say allegorically (again as within so without , same as the planets rivers and streams )…. calm and clear is the mastery for us all .


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