Let’s get right to the point. There is an abundance of science and research that says we have the power to self-heal.
A scholarly article written in 1997 from Harvard made the point that every time a research study is done with a group of people receiving a placebo, a large percentage of those people, with no drug intervention, had a positive response. It even says “Placebos are the ghosts that haunt our house of biomedical objectivity.” I took this to mean that while researchers are trying to use exacting science to see if drugs work, they are actually proving that there are people that can get better with just the power of their own belief.
Another article we found on Cancer.org says, “Even though they don’t act on the disease, placebos affect how some people feel. This happens in up to 1 of 3 people.” Actually, the Harvard article we referenced above says that the figure is believed to be higher, actually above 50%.
So, does that mean that a minimum of 1 in 3 people, but likely somewhere above 50% of people, using just the power of their own belief, the power of spirit, created a positive physiologic effect on their bodies? I think it does, especially considering that modern day research on the placebo effect goes back to 1955 and continues to this day.
In another research article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, they set out to study the differences in outcomes of Fluxetine versus a placebo. Their overall conclusion showed brain chemistry changes in both groups and the opening line of the article said, “There is little debate as to the power of the placebo effect in controlled short-term clinical trials of antidepressants, as well as in other medical and surgical treatments.”
We could spend day after finding more of these kinds of research studies and articles that show scientific proof of the placebo effect. The conclusion is clear. Your mind, your spirit, your body, have an innate ability to heal, if you believe that they do.