The Placebo Effect is powerful!

Did you see the Documentary on the BBC’s Horizon programme in October? “The Placebo Experiment: Can My Brain Cure My Body.” Dr Michael Mosley ran an experiment earlier this year with 117 participants, finding that brain producing chemicals (hence the power of the mind), can be more powerful than painkillers for back pain. All participants were given a placebo and told that 50% of them had been given a painkiller and 50% the placebo. After the experiment participants were told that ALL of them had been given the placebo. Interestingly, ahead of knowing that they had been administered the placebo, 45% of the participants reported anecdotally “a radically significant improvement in their back p

Some insights into how to improve our sleep...

Last week's BBC documentary on Horizon gave interesting insight into how we can improve our sleep. Light levels, which are linked to melatonin production (a hormone in our brains), have been measured in experiments on the documentary (Ref: “Body Clock: What makes us tick”. See a link to the BBC programme below). According to the Horizon programme, in evolutionary terms our lifestyles are extreme. We are not getting as much natural outdoor light (by a long way), as our hunter gatherer ancestors. Being indoors, on public transport, in cars; being exposed to the blue artificial light from electronics especially after sunset. We follow daily schedules which force us all to live by the same time


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