Design Your Own Placebo

That pill that does nothing…does something. It’s clearly proof of mind over matter. The million dollar question is why. 

We know that the mind controls the body. So if the introduction of this pill into your system solves your problem, what does that say about the nature of your problem?

I’d say that it was that these problems were our own doing from the start. There was some logical loop frying our system that changed the output of our brain. By putting this pill into the system, and convincing us that it’s going to help us, our brains sidestep the loop due to no help of the pill. We just needed a reason to doubt the logic in the first place.

Placebos seem to be most effective on pain, nausea, chronic fatigue, and depression. What does that say about the nature of those diseases? We need a pill to tell us that these diseases are all in our heads. 

Sham surgeries are also apparently a thing. Doctors will cut you open, do nothing, and stitch you back up. The craziest part of all, they seem to work as well as traditional procedures in some areas. You read that right. Even fake surgeries seem to work. How can that possibly be?

Something to try at home: If the placebo effect is all in your mind anyways, can you convince yourself that you just took a pill to help your ailment? It sounds ridiculous, but if the nature of the problem is all in your mind, design your own Trojan Horse to retake your throne. 

Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sham_surgery
  2. https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34572482
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Placebo
  4. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mental-health/the-power-of-the-placebo-effect
  5. http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2016/just-sugar-pill-placebo-effect-real/
  6. https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/7/15792188/placebo-effect-explained
  7. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/placebo-effect-depression-treatment