Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The All Knowing Mind, Placebo Effect

"All what we are is the result of what we have thought,
The mind is everything, what we think, we become." ~Siddartha Gautama Buddha 
Mind is responsible for everything that happens in our life. When you are spiritually healthy, and your 'aura' is strong no disease or misfortune can happen to you. Mind is everything, we rarely use more than 10% of our mind's potentiality. There is really an interesting experiment called placebo effect which can easily demonstrate our mind's capability.

A Placebo is a simulated or otherwise medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or other medical condition intended to deceive the recipient. Sometimes patients given a placebo treatment will have a perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition, a phenomenon commonly called the placebo effect. ~Wikipedia

A pharmaceutical company manufactures a medicine for some specific disease. Then the doctors, gave the medicine to specific patients of same disease of similar ages by creating groups. For one group patients doctors prescribed the original medicine manufactured by the pharmaceutical company. But for one group patients doctors prescribed the similar looking medicine, but inside there is no medicine or it's just sugar pill. But the doctors didn't tell this group's patients that it is just sugar pill. 

Both the group's patient thought that by taking the medicine given by the doctor, they will be cured. And upto now with so many experiments, it is found out that more than 30% of the patients who were given just the sugar pill are completely cured as another group's patients who were given the real medicine. So, remember, more than 30% of patients' were cured without giving the real medicine, whether the given pill is just sugar pill or not, it should be prescribed by the doctors and they are cured. Therefore for more than 30% patients the sugar pill or the pill which have no medicine inside can bring the same amount of effect to the patient as if s/he is given the real medicine. In medical term this effect is called Placebo Effect

The medicine manufactured in pharmaceutical company's laboratory and ordinary sugar pill, both can have same effect, but not for all. If more than 50% of patient's can be treated by placebo effect then there won't be existence of medicine since just the sugar pill will be enough if it is prescribed and given by the doctor, who tells the patient that it will cure your disease. But placebo effect's limitation is around 30%. So, 30% patients doesn't need medicine, they just need doctor's prescription that what they are taking is the medicine. So, now think who cures the 30% of patient since they are never given the real medicine. 

And now modern doctors say that if a patient have faith on the doctor, and more the quantity of patient's faith on the doctor, the faster they will be cured, medicine is secondary thing. Medicine is second thing, primary thing is patient's faith on the doctor. Lesser the patient's faith on doctor, lesser will be the effect of medicine even if it is clinically tested to cure the specified disease. 
I also have seen many cases where patients/people, who say that, I doubt this doctor, anyway let's see what this medicine does. These people's disease is not cured at all.

Isn't this world strange. Up-to now we live in the objective world, objective truth, physical truth. There is no physical, only psychological, only mind. If physical truth is there, then the medicine should work no matter who gives you the medicine, there won't be the role of mind. But it doesn't happen like that. There is a great role of mind. 

Now the concept of alternative medicine, holistic medicine, which includes spirituality is emerging since the conventional medicine and physical reality is no more going to work in coming days. 

"Mind-body medicine: takes a holistic approach to health that explores the interconnection between the mind, body, and spirit. It works under the premise that the mind can affect "bodily functions and symptoms" ~ Wikipedia

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