Just how powerful is human belief ? My colleague, Joel Magnus, in his online blog, Health Thoughts, for March 30, 2017, shares some fascinating research on the subject of placebo surgery. Then he challenges the reader to look beyond the power of the human mind to God as the source of all consciousness and healing. The example of completely mental spiritual healing he shares will inspire you. Enjoy. Here’s Joel:
Yes. Not just sugar pills but actual fake operations that result in the same positive outcomes as real surgery.
“The patients didn’t know which procedures they got—real surgery or sham surgery. Both groups had equivalent results. A year later, approximately 80% of patients in both groups said their knees felt better.”
This was the report from Dr. Teppo Jarvinen, the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation Clinical Professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the University of Helsinki, who led a rigorous study of placebo-controlled knee surgery.
The placebo effect also isn’t limited to those who don’t know they’re getting a placebo. Even when informed that their medicine is made of inert ingredients yet is beneficial, patients still experience positive outcomes.
This all points to how powerful our expectations are! What we believe in can have a profound physical effect. You could even call it “mental medicine.”
It’s one thing to take a pill that disappears into the system and expect positive results. Perhaps it’s even understandable that someone can trust in mysterious benefits of a known placebo.
But surgery is so concrete, so hands on. In surgery, there’s a definite adjustment. Someone went in and did something. How can that be faked?
In the study above, “all received anesthesia and incisions.” For some, the rest was mental. Just believing that surgery had been done and seeing a confirming incision, was enough to produce lasting physical correction.
Doesn’t that impel the next logical question: Is it possible for such correction to occur even without fake surgery – completely mentally?