Placebo Effect

The body has an amazing ability to heal itself.  What we think and say to ourselves matters more than we know.  The placebo effect is real and scientifically proven.  It does come in a pill, but it is also available free of charge by just using the brain.

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Author: Undeniably Sara

Hi, I'm Undeniably Sara. I'm learning how to live well with chronic illnesses by focusing on self-healing with the goal of lifelong health.

12 thoughts on “Placebo Effect”

  1. The placebo effect can be a double-edged sword. Yes, definitely what you think impacts how you feel. This has been demonstrated to the point where it is no longer in dispute. However, it doesn’t mean our disease(s) is all in our heads.

    But did you know that there is a recognized medical thingy called “secondary gain”? (I use “thingy” in place of the word I cannot recall at the moment.) It was something taught in my Master’s program.

    Secondary gain is the “good” things that go along with being disabled.

    Such as no longer needing to work because Social Security pays you instead, taking your dog with you into stores and restaurants, people feeling sorry for you in a way that makes them want to help, government programs that mean you pay nothing or a sliding scale for some services, getting a break on your rent if you live in designated housing. free or low-cost transportation to doctor appointments, the list goes on and on.

    We know this is total BS and would give it all up to be healthy again.

    Unfortunately, this misconception that we remain sick to reap all these benefits is often at the root of why some people think we’re faking illness.

    The thinking is that once a doctor can’t find anything wrong, then you can convince yourself you are fine. If you aren’t willing to do this then it’s because of secondary gain. After all, so the thinking goes, you wouldn’t be able to go running from doctor to doctor looking for something wrong if you had to come up with a copay for the visits–if the taxpayer (and here they usually put a hand on their chest) wasn’t paying for this unnecessary expense through Medicare and Medicaid.

    I would go close to ballistic whenever someone voiced that kind of opinion when I was working in hospitals. It’s possible I changed some minds. I’d like to think so.

    Unfortunately, most Republicans in Congress, in our medical facilities and in our neighborhoods honestly believe in secondary gain, although they won’t publically admit it except among like-minded friends. That’s the whole reason behind the new work requirements for welfare, after all.

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    1. I agree. Disease is not all in our heads, and yes, I’ve heard all about “secondary gain.” There was a time, before I was sick, that I thought many people were just looking for a “free ride” or were “lazy.” That was before I experienced, first-hand, how devastating disease can be in one’s life. Those who judge have no concept of the experience and speak from ignorance and a lack of empathy. Politicians, in general, are out of touch with people who are unable to fall back on family wealth when their health fails them. I believe medication is prescribed far too often and before a person’s total well being is evaluated. The Placebo Effect shows how powerful the mind-body connection is in the healing process.

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