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The Placebo Effect and Lowering Your Blood Pressure

February 11, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 165

The Placebo effect is when a fake medicine, treatment or procedure is given to an unknowing patient and it produces the same results as a real cure. This been of interest to science for many years. For people wanting to improve their health, reduce hypertension, and change their lifestyle, the placebo effect has many practical implications.

What can we learn from it? The real lesson can be summed up in Robert Wiseman's 59 seconds (Macmillan 2009) "By reminding the attendants of the amount of exercise they took on a daily basis, they altered their beliefs about themselves, and their bodies responded to make these new beliefs a reality... so merely thinking about your normal daily exercise can make you healthier."

This experiment shows the power of human beliefs, giving the tired old PMA phrase 'what you believe you can achieve' a new lease of life. If someone can lose weight and lower their blood pressure simply because they change their belief to think they are living in a healthier way, when in actuality nothing had changed, we can then understand that we do manifest our thoughts in our physical bodies.

If the opposite had happened, and the attendants were told they were leading unhealthy lives it follows that the attendants would have put on weight and suffered poorer health, simply because of evidence of what they were focussing on. This is key. The cleaners were not only told about their healthy lifestyles once, but asked to measure and review their calorie burn, and do so regularly. This behaviour fortified the new belief that their jobs were healthy and great measurable results followed.

The most important thing we can take from this is that the beliefs we take on are as important as the physical circumstances we are in. Therefore, when you are thinking negative thoughts, you are may unwittingly become the author of negative consequence in your life. Changing our beliefs involves some discipline, but as many of us know, once habits are formed they are hard to break. So let us form some good ones now:

In addition to your healthy lifestyle: • take a journal and note how many times you are physically active when you walk, or do the housework, or climb the stairs. If you won't do this, at least log it in your mind and congratulate yourself on such healthy efforts. This will pay the same weight reducing, blood pressure lowering dividends as with the hotel attendants.

Beyond your circulatory health, if you can choose to believe better about yourself, that you are a good person capable of significant achievement, then you can produce it. If you can believe you are confident, then you can produce those results. The implications are enormous and life changing, and now you don't just have life coaches saying this, but academics like Robert Wiseman, too.

You have within you the keys to of becoming everything you want to be. It starts with refusing to take on the negative, and instead deciding what you want that is good. You are more control than you think. As Wiseman concludes 'It is just a case of realizing it.'

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