Your science is giving me a headache!

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

September 1st, 2010 • Mind-Body MedicinePrint Print

Our mind is so powerful that if we simply think we are taking a drug, our body may respond identically to that of someone who is in fact taking it. For decades, conventional medicine has poured millions of dollars into controlling this well-known “placebo effect.” The idea was to effectively study the power of pharmaceutical remedies by getting rid of any potential interference. The most interesting and revolutionary discovery, however, was the one being straight-jacketed in studies: the power of the mind-body connection. We rely on scientific evidence to help us distinguish between effective and ineffective treatments. The politics of science, however — often motivated by money, power, and fear — may in fact lead us to trust that which can hurt us and mistrust that which can heal us.



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Heather Freeman September 2nd, 2010

Have you seen this? <a href=”http://www.wired.com/medtech/drugs/magazine/17-09/ff_placebo_effect?currentPage=all”>Placebos are getting more effective</a>

Rellacafa September 8th, 2010

I love the simplicity of this post, although it is a very valuable lesson! Science is run by money and so I am always open to new ideas that science hasn’t caught up with. Practises like meditation have been around for hundreds of years for a reason, I figure, science just hasn’t figured out how to separate and label its effects yet.

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