The Placebo to Happiness

We are often ruled by our emotions, allowing our mind to take control over our lives and in many cases not knowing that our minds have taken over. We almost become a slave to the mind, living our present moment from the memories that we experienced that were created in the past.

The mind can do some amazing things. The pharmaceutical industry has been challenging the mind ever since clinical studies started which was around 1943, where they started trials on Patulin for the common cold. Even today we are still very much analysing our research and comparing it to the power of the placebo.

Sham studies have become ever more popular but I would imagine this is mainly due to the interest of the people rather than the pharmaceutical industry. There have been a few studies now on sham studies and the most recent was in Finland December 2013. It involved 146 patients with degenerative meniscal tears, which was caused by wear and tear injuries.

One year later after the study, both groups (people who had the real operation and those who had the placebo operation) reported the same benefits, which were mainly positive results. Arthroscopic surgery on the meniscus is performed in the US around 700,000 times a year, which costs around $4 billion, or around £2.6 billion. In the UK each operation would cost the NHS from £500 – £1000.

Another sham study in the states was conducted on patients with severe knee Arthritis which also had remarkable results.

The mind is so powerful; it has the ability to put us in a state of complete unease or complete bliss or in these cases above, can completely resolve real physical health problems. If you focus your attention on the idea that you are anxious for a long enough period then it’s highly likely that you will develop this state. Do it long enough and you will begin to develop something that we call a habit and then we can be labelled as having “anxiety”. On the over end of the scale; focus your attention on happiness, whether you have something directly related to help you be happy in the physical world or you are making up a moment in your imagination, think about it enough with the right attention and you will start to explore what its like to be happy.

Take back your power, you have far greater potential than you have ever been told or you have ever believed in.


James Bushell
James has been interested in holistic health for about 10 years, exploring mind, body and spirit and adjusting his life accordingly. His practice is simple, to learn to find balance and just be happy

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