Believe you are healthy: A Ted Talk on the placebo effect by Dr Alia Crum

Dr Alia Crum, a Harvard graduate, speaks at TedX Traverse City about the power of the placebo effect.   She talks about some fascinating placebo studies in the talk, including:   The exact dose of morphine was administered to two patient groups; one group was given morphine by their pre-loaded syringe - the other group by their doctor. The ones that had … [Read more...]

Is aging a mindset?

Are you as old as you feel, or as young as you believe? Many people have heard the phrase 'you're as young as you feel', and recent research shows that maybe aging is a mindset. The story was first reported by Counseling Resource, in October 2014, and is detailed below. "A New York Times article recently mentioned a fairly dated but nonetheless revolutionary study … [Read more...]

Hypnosis research: ‘hypnosis speeds up op recovery’

Could hypnotising patients allow them to heal faster? This is what a team of medical experts in Belgium believe who are already trialling hypnosis research on patients undergoing surgery. Below is a link to the Daily Mail who have covered this news story: Date: 14th June 2011 Source: Daily Mail "Hypnotising women undergoing breast cancer surgery could speed their … [Read more...]

Collecting evidence for Hypnobirthing: new NHS trial

Is there evidence for Hypnobirthing? The NHS is trialling a study in Tameside, Greater Manchester. This news report below by BBC News covers the story... Date: 19th May 2011 Source: BBC News "Expectant mothers at a hospital in Greater Manchester will be able to try hypnobirthing, as part of an NHS trial. Tameside General Hospital is introducing the technique to women … [Read more...]

Is belief the drug? Yes, according to pain research

Is belief the drug? Yes, according to a recent study. If the subjects were told that something was going to be painful, their mind made it so, further giving evidence to the power of belief and the placebo/nocebo effect. Here's the story, first reported by the BBC Date: 16th February 2011 Source: BBC News "A patient's belief that a drug will not work can become a self … [Read more...]