“In the 1950s angina pectoris, recurrent pain in the chest and left arm due to decreased blood flow to the heart, was commonly treated with surgery. Rather than doing the customary surgery of tying off the mammary artery…some resourceful doctors (obviously not in the US) cut patients open and then simply sewed them back up again without doing anything. The patients who received a sham surgery reported as much relief as the patients who had the full surgery.” A group of diabetics was given a placebo and told it was a new type of insulin. They had no insulin related reactions throughout the study.
“In nine double-blind studies comparing placebos to aspirin, placebos proved to be 54% as effective as the actual analgesic.” Compared to a stronger painkiller such as morphine, “in six double-blind studies placebos were found to be 56% as effective as morphine in relieving pain.”
“In a study of a tranquilizer called, mephenesin, researchers found that 10-20 percent of the test subjects experienced negative side effects – including nausea, itchy rash, and heart palpitations – regardless of whether they were given the actual drug or a placebo.”
In the book, The Psychology of Mind-Body Healing, the author stated, “in other words the effectiveness of placebo compared to standard doses of different analgesic drugs under double-blind circumstances is relative constant for all studies…55-60%.”
“In 1980 there were over 1,000 articles dealing with placebos. Placebos had a high rate of activity in the areas of cough, mood swings, diabetes, anxiety, asthma, sarcoma, dermatitis, headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, radiation sickness, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s.” "A group of patients were told they were given LSD when in fact they were give the placebo. They had all the physiological effects noted with LSD” “During a study of headache, 120 out of 199 patients receiving the placebo obtained relief.”
“In a test of the drug Clofibrate versus placebo for cholesterol level and cardiovascular mortality, the placebo outperformed the drug.” “Placebo effectiveness is in proportion to what the doctor and patient think they are using. Two placebo pills are better than one and an injection always seems to be more effective than a pill. Placebo capsules are more effective than tablets. When placebos are administered, the yellow and orange are great for mood manipulators, the dark red as a sedative; white as pain killers and lavender as hallucinogens.” These and even more startling results can be found in the medical literature. In every medical study the placebo group showed positive results. The placebo is such a nuisance to medicine! It is a guide to our greater abilities. Yes, it is all in the mind. How we use our mind is our choice. To inspire and empower.