Technology is advancing at an astonishing
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,