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You Are the Placebo
Blog 126 Book recommendation Your are the Placebo

There are so many great books being published every day – and it’s easy to find great content on almost any topic you are interested in. A number of the New York Times bestsellers in the education space are fantastic and high-quality reads. But today we wanted to bring you something different. A book that might not be on your radar. This book actually came across our desk in the first instance from a client who was researching various ways for the body to heal itself, inspired by a friend who is fighting cancer.

In You Are the Placebo, the author (who also wrote Evolve Your Brain: The Science of Changing Your Mind and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One) ponders whether the body really experiences what the brain believes. Heads up: this book won’t be for everyone.

What is it about?
Is it possible to heal by thought alone – without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect. In You Are the Placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza shares numerous documented cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, crippling arthritis, and even the tremors of Parkinson’s disease by believing in a placebo. Similarly, Dr Joe tells of how others have gotten sick and even died as the victims of a hex or voodoo curse – or after being misdiagnosed with a fatal illness. Belief can be so strong that pharmaceutical companies use double and triple-blind randomised studies to try to exclude the power of the mind over the body when evaluating new drugs. Dr Joe does more than simply explore the history and the physiology of the placebo effect. He asks the question: "Is it possible to teach the principles of the placebo, and without relying on any external substance, produce the same internal changes in a person’s health and ultimately in his or her life?" Then he shares scientific evidence (including colour brain scans) of amazing healings from his workshops, in which participants learn his model of personal transformation, based on practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. The book ends with a "how-to" meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back – the first step in healing. You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioural conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect… and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.

A quick overview:
This book is essentially comprised of two parts. Part one gives you all the detailed knowledge and background information you need to understand what the placebo effect is and how it operates in your brain and body. Part two shares incredible stories demonstrating the power of the human mind.

Enjoy the read! And if you’re looking for more on the placebo effect, check out this TED Talk, which offers an easy introduction to what is an incredibly intriguing, and enduringly mysterious, topic.

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