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How Your Thoughts Change Your Brain, Cells and Genes

Debbie Hampton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Debbie Hampton

Every minute of every day, your body is physically reacting, literally changing, in response to the thoughts that run through your mind.

How Thoughts We Think Become Our Reality - Part II

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world." -- The Buddha Given the way the health scienc...

The Science of How What We Believe Becomes Our Reality - Part I

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

"Mind is the Master Power that molds and makes, and we are mind. And ever more we take the tool of thought, and shaping what we will, bring forth a th...

We Tested 'Flavor Tripping' To See If Miracle Berries Really Work

The Huffington Post | Oliver Noble | Posted 10.27.2015 | Taste

“Flavor tripping." It might sound like a dangerous new teen trend from a local news story, but the term actually just refers to eating a harmless, t...

There Was Nothing Magical About the Band-Aid. Or Was There?

Dr. Joe Dispenza | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joe Dispenza

The moment you began to feel better, you looked down at the Band-Aid covering your injury, thinking that it was the Band-Aid that created your healing.

Even When People KNOW A Pill Is A Placebo, It Still Works

Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By Matt Windsor This may not sound like a good idea: 1. Find people in pain. 2. Enroll them in a study. 3. Admit you can't do much to help. 4...

The Power of Expectation

Dr. Joe Dispenza | Posted 06.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joe Dispenza

A study into the relationship between pain and the placebo effect used the dentist's office as a testing ground. The findings provide further evidence of our capacity to heal ourselves.

Changing Bad to Good: How Expectations Influence Behavior

Dr. Joe Dispenza | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Joe Dispenza

So if we believe a good restaurant is pricier, friendly or cleaner would we be able to tell if something wasn't quite right? What would happen if you ordered steak and the chef used a fatty piece of meat he bought at the grocery store? What if he arraigned it beautifully and the impeccably dressed waiter brought it to you on a platter? Would you be able to tell?

How Neuroscience Could Make Marketing Super Creepy

Fusion | Isha Aran | Posted 05.15.2015 | World

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good? Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated and incr...

On the Culture Front: Bjork With Orchestra, Small Mouth Sounds and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 06.10.2015 | New York
Chris Kompanek

Backed by the fifteen-piece modern classical orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, her voice resonated with chilling clarity.

Placebo Is No Aspirin, But It's a Solid Dose of Reality

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

Louise strolls into Jonathan's apartment, awkward and exhausted. She's still wearing her white lab coat from work. In fact, she almost never takes it off. It's her good luck charm, her safety blanket that gets her through days of sexually stimulating rats for research.

Should Alternative Remedies Carry a Health Warning?

Brian Clegg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Clegg

Let's take each of the arguments standing in the way of a health warning on alternative therapies. They are natural, they might work, they raise hope and they don't do any harm.

First Nighter: Melissa James Gibson Prescribes an Ineffective 'Placebo'

David Finkle | Posted 05.16.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

With Placebo, Melissa James Gibson, who's written some A-plus plays is intent on depicting the difficulty of keeping a love affair buoyant. The object of Louise's often-unrequited affection is Jonathan (William Jackson Harper), who appears to be housebound.

On Memory, Medication, and Meditation

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

I was always the guy who remembered everything, from baseball stats to the B-sides of obscure singles to phone numbers I hadn't dialed in decades. But recently, finding my eyeglasses and keys had required more and more sleuthing.

Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Believe This and Live Forever

Mark Morford | Posted 02.11.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Morford

Every day, the battle! Every day, the forces align and the crusade begins all over again. And for what? For your attention, of course. Your loyalty. Y...

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

Can Your Mind Influence Your Weight?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

I'm talking about a sensible balance, where we eat wisely and healthily, and indulge every now and then, but merely observe our minds a little, catching ourselves when we think negative about what we are eating. The difference is in the mind.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Rockers Placebo Makes New "Friends," Keeps Old Ones

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Since they debuted, the stellar UK band have switched up their sound but keep it rocking throughout the journey with their signature sound and sharp-as-a-machete lyrics. Last month, the trio dropped their seventh album entitled Loud Like Love.

When Does Choosing a Treatment Matter?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the United States, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) are about to take effect. Opponents of the law are concern...

Expectations Could Influence Placebo Effects

| Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article and podcast) When it comes to providing pain relief, expectations can be a powerful pre...

Positive Thinking, Seriously

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

Today, positive thinking is the closest America has to a national religion. It is the foundational idea of business motivation, mind-body medicine, prosperity ministering and much more.

Lethal Placebo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All forms of hormone replacement for all women at menopause was never right, but nor is NO forms of hormone replacement for NO women at menopause. There was always baby and bathwater here, and we have egregiously failed to distinguish between the two.

Hippocratic Humility

Allen Frances | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are often life changing events -- usually for the better, sometimes for worse, sometimes a tie score. Sorting out who is who in the rule of thirds requires patience and humility -- both currently in short supply.

Is The Placebo Effect Dangerous?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Wray Herbert

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of placebo effects and control groups -- a misunderstanding that, scientists are now arguing, invalidates any claims of effectiveness for almost all psychological interventions.