The power of suggestion. That’s a phrase that’s been around for a while. Do you find yourself reacting physically to news items you hear or ads you read? While vaudeville hypnotism shows are a thing of the past, the power of suggestion is still out there exerting influence. Just last fall on Indiana Talks radio show, the host discussed the effects of suggestion on asthma. My colleague, Debra Chew, writing for the June 5, 2015 edition of The Chattanooga.com, discusses the same topic, but with a personal account of the healing of asthma through prayer. Read it. You’ll be glad you did! Here’s Debra:
Living in any one of the three largest cities in Tennessee could make you sick. Well…so says the recently released Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Asthma Capitals 2015 report. In fact, it calls Memphis the Asthma Capital and Chattanooga the 8th most challenging city in the U.S. for people with asthma.
When I read statistics like this, it makes me want to ask: Is it the environment or the suggestion of sickness that actually makes people sick?
I say this because I used to be a chronic asthmatic. When I was growing up, anything I breathed in or smelled would bring on an attack. I carried a fast-acting inhaler to alleviate the symptoms but I was never totally free of the symptoms or the fear of them. Since then, I’ve become convinced that the condition itself was the result of what I’d been taught about my environment and my health.