The business of the placebo effect: psychology meets metaphysics
What if we could distillate the placebo effect out of sugar pills and use it in the boardroom to make a better sale pitch or convince a board of directors that a certain course of action is the right one?
Traditional Eastern medicine systems are of the opinion that some people have the ability to visualize bioenergy patterns in others and even manipulate them: in other words create the mental (vibrational) conditions under which one’s physiology can be manipulated. But these are inching dangerously close to be proven scientifically, through the placebo effect.
We know that people who think they are being treated with something that may improve their outcome fare better than people who feels they are lacking treatment. Because the placebo effect is based upon expectations and conditioning, the effect disappears if the patient is told that their expectations are unrealistic, or that the placebo intervention is ineffective. A conditioned pain reduction can be totally removed when its existence is explained. It has also been reported of subjects given placebos in a trial of anti-depressants that patients regress once they are informed that they had been given placebos.
A placebo described as a muscle relaxant can cause muscle relaxation and, if described as the opposite, can cause muscle tension. And so, under the right motivation we can change our physiology, a fact that has been known to Buddhist monks for centuries but is ignored by modern, allopathic medicine. Motivation contributes to the placebo effect. At the very least, the conscious goals of an individual change his/her somatic experience by altering the detection and interpretation of expectation-congruent symptoms, and by changing the behavioural strategies adopted by a person. Perhaps even they change actually change some of these symptoms through metaphysical manipulation.
Motivation alone cannot fully explain the experience through which people experience illness and treatment. Culture offers a layer of complexity by informing patients about the nature of illness and how it responds to treatment. Research into the placebo treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers show that this varies widely with society. The placebo effect in treating gastric ulcers is low in Brazil, higher in northern Europe (Denmark, Netherlands), and extremely high in Germany. However, the placebo effect in treating hypertension is lower in Germany than elsewhere. Social observation can induce a placebo effect such when a person sees another having reduced pain following what they believe is a pain reducing procedure.
In his book “Outliers” Malcolm Gladwell describes experts of a field as those with 10,000 hours of practice. Experts know what will happen before it happens. Is it because they pick up minute physical clues before everybody else owing to their trained eye or is it because they see things of a metaphysical nature?
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The short answer is that they know. But it’s worth speculating that experts can change motivation through metaphysical manipulation especially since science has a myopic record at debunking the occult.
Traditional Eastern medicine systems are of the opinion that some people have the ability to perceive vibrational patterns. But these are not proven scientifically, right? I would beg to differ. I think it’s a matter of time before we come up with an experimental system to make those scientific determinations.
A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science claims that the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit stars just like our sun, and exist in the Goldilocks zone — not too hot that it cooks life into ashes and not so cold that Luke Skywalker has to bury himself in tom-tom entrails to stay alive. More precisely, astronomers using NASA data have calculated for the first time that in our galaxy alone, there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone. Thirty years ago scientists claimed there was no evidence that life-sustaining planets existed anywhere in the universe. And now we would be justified to take William Shatner out of sitcoms and commercials to strap him back in the Enterprise on a new mission across the universe.
Sometimes the evidence is just plainly wrong because we don’t have the right tools to measure reality.
Dr. Luc C. Duchesne is a Speaker and Author with a PhD in Biochemistry. With three decades of scientific and business experience, he has published ... <Read more about Dr. Luc Duchesne>