The Unbelievable Power of Placebo

Technology is advancing at an astonishing rate.

Developers are squeezing computer components into smaller and smaller spaces so that it’s possible to fit millions of microprocessors onto the head of a pin. Yet despite this rapid growth in capability, the human brain remains the most powerful ‘computer’ on the planet.

If you could look inside your brain, you’d find it contained 100 billion nerve cells called neurons. Each of these has the equivalent of around 60 megabytes of RAM. That’s enough to process thousands of operations every second. Multiply that by 100 billion and you get some idea of the power sitting on top of your shoulders.

And if you’ve ever wondered just how powerful your brain is, the placebo effect provides the perfect example.

The placebo effect occurs when a person believes they’ve been given something that will ease their symptoms or help them cope. This often takes the form of a pill, an injection, or a cream, but whichever form it takes, it has no real medical value. However, as long as the person receiving it believes it’s going to help them manage their situation effectively, then it does.

Like the WWII soldier who was operated on when he was told he was being injected with morphine. Or the man whose cancer-riddled body was healed when he was told he was being given a potent new drug. Or the students who were able to withstand intense heat when they were told a powerful cooling gel was being applied to their wrists.

In each case, the ‘medicine’ was a placebo. Saline solution for the soldier, distilled water for the cancer patient, and simple hand cream for the students. If these were isolated incidents you might be able to dismiss them. But they’re not.

Study after study demonstrates how people can withstand almost anything when they think they’re getting some kind of assistance – even when it’s all in their mind. They believe they’re going to get better, or feel no pain, and their brain takes care of the rest. It switches off pain receptors and heals the body from within, eliminating discomfort and in some cases even reversing so-called incurable conditions.

So, how can you benefit from the placebo effect in your everyday life?

Here are a few simple exercises you can put to use straight away:

1. To increase your productivity

Worried there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done? Set your alarm clock half an hour early. Those extra 30 minutes will make you believe you’ve got the time you need to get a head start on that to-do list.

2. To boost your confidence

Put some sugar pills in a bottle labelled “Confidence Booster Tablets.” Pop one or two in your mouth when you need a quick blast of extra self-confidence. Your mind will register that they’re confidence boosters, and that will help keep your confidence levels up.

3. To cut down on your food intake

Try eating your meals from smaller plates. You’ll feel like you’re getting a more generous portion without actually eating more, and that will help to convince you that you’re getting full faster.

4. To get a quick surge of energy

Try pouring diet soda or water into an energy drink can. You’ll feel like you’re drinking the real thing, and that will help keep your energy levels up for as long as you need.

5. To enjoy fast and natural relaxation

Label a bottle of sugar pills or mints as “Super Stress-Reduction Tablets.” You’ll read the label and the words “Stress-Reduction” will get into your brain, helping you feel like relaxation’s on its way. Take a couple of tablets whenever you need to unwind.

No-one knows exactly how the placebo effect works, but it does. It harnesses the power of the world’s most complex ‘computer’ – the human brain – to make fast, significant changes. And the best bit is that anyone can utilize it.

Learn more about the power of placebo at the Raikov Effect website, at www.raikov.com.

With Love, Gratitude & Grace,

Yvonne

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7 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power Right Now

How fit is your brain? Is it flabby or flat-out fabulous?

If your recall or memory isn’t what it used to be or you sometimes feel fuzzy and unfocused, you may need to take your brain to the neural gym.

Emerging evidence proves you can boost your brainpower WITHOUT spending hours and hours studying – no matter how old or young you are!

Getting Smarter With Age: Why You Don’t Have To Age Gracefully

For years, you’ve been told that ageing is responsible for a decrease in your brain’s health and fitness.

Recent studies, however, show you can finally fight back against the ageing process. You can take control of your brain and – literally – turn back the hands of time.

Best of all, today’s top cognitive specialists claim you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see a big difference … and fast.

All you need to do is try one (or more) of the tips below to improve your mental powers!

Could Boosting Your Brain Power Really Be This Easy?

If you want to pump up the health of your brain, try one of the following everyday tips, tactics, and techniques:

  1. Switch it up! Break Up Your Routine. Try taking a different route to work, eating lunch in a different spot, or reading a book as opposed to watching TV.

Anything that interrupts your habits asks your brain to make new and different connections and associations can help stimulate the production of neurotrophins, an important protein responsible for superior brain health.

  • Have Fun. Play Games! Research shows that games that require planning ahead, including games of strategy like chess, activate and “strengthen” your frontal lobe which leads to greater decisiveness, clarity, and focus.

Other great games include checkers, tic-tac-toe, solitaire, and card games like poker and blackjack.

  • Se Habla Español? Learn a language. Always wanted to learn a new language? Great news! Learning a new language requires a number of areas of your brain to all “cooperate” – making powerful connections all across your neural network.
  • Are You The Next Picasso? Get Painting! Whether it’s doodling on the back of an envelope or painting the next masterpiece, it’s time to release your inner artist.

Activities like drawing and painting stimulate numerous regions of your brain – helping to boost creativity, memory, and recall.

  • Get Off The Couch! Walk, Run, or Soar! Physical exercise of any kind helps promote neurogenesis as well as stimulates the production of neurotrophins.

So, it doesn’t matter what you do: Just get up and do something! Of course, before starting any new exercise routine, be sure to get your doctor’s approval first.

  • Read. Yep, studies show that daily reading all by itself can help sharpen your memory, enhance your critical thinking skills, and improve your ability to focus.

Best of all, it doesn’t matter what you read – just do it!

  • Strengthen Your Brain with Cognitive Training. There are a number of excellent brain training resources online today.

Be sure to look for science-based programs that show proof that they actually work. Sites like the Raikov Effect are a solid place to start for more information on improving brain health and function.

But, be careful: Some of the “big name” programs may look good, but lack evidence-based support to justify their claims.

Brain training is more accessible than ever before.

As you’ve seen here, it doesn’t take weeks, months or years to boost your brainpower.

All it takes is a commitment to be the best you possible.

With Love, Gratitude & Grace,

Yvonne

Fireflies and Your Brain: Nature’s Evidence for Brainwave Entrainment’s Efficiency

Imagine yourself sitting atop a grassy knoll.

The sun has just set. Then, just as night begins to fall, it happens.

First here. Then, over there. A brief flicker of magic lighting up the sky in little bioluminescent bursts.

It’s the dance of the firefly.

For many, this evening ritual is well known. But, did you know also know the firefly may hold a key to unlocking your brain’s unlimited potential?

Read moreFireflies and Your Brain: Nature’s Evidence for Brainwave Entrainment’s Efficiency

What Hypnosis Can Do for You

Hypnosis – huh – what is it good for? Absolutely anything.

That might be a slight exaggeration, but the truth is that hypnosis is being used more and more regularly to treat a wide range of conditions. Apart from its well-known benefits to help people quit smoking, lose weight, gain confidence, and a host of other self-help issues, the practice is gaining wider acceptance in the treatment of illness and disease.

One of the problems with hypnosis is the word itself. It’s been hyped to the max in Hollywood movies and the like when in reality hypnosis is nothing like that. Hypnotizing someone by asking them to look into your eyes as you swing a pocket watch back and forth will be about as effective – and as successful – as asking your bank manager for a loan you don’t have to pay back.

Read moreWhat Hypnosis Can Do for You

Train Your Brain In Just 7 Simple Steps

How fit is your brain? Is it flabby or flat-out fabulous?

If your recall or memory isn’t what it used to be or you sometimes feel fuzzy and unfocused, you may need to take your brain to the neural gym.

Emerging evidence proves you can boost your brainpower WITHOUT spending hours and hours studying – no matter how old or young you are!

Getting Smarter With Age: Why You Don’t Have To Age Gracefully

For years, you’ve been told that ageing is responsible for a decrease in your brain’s health and fitness.

Recent studies, however, show you can finally fight back against the ageing process. You can take control of your brain and – literally – turn back the hands of time.

Read moreTrain Your Brain In Just 7 Simple Steps

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