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Placebo effect proof that belief is the best supplement

the placebo effect
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Throughout recent decades, many scientific studies have relied on placebo pills as an extraneous variable when doing longitudinal tests and research. What they have found is startling.

People who are taking a counterfeit drug, a placebo, but who actually believe it is the real drug, actually experience the perceived benefits or side effects of those drugs.

Many weight loss studies have been done which have revealed that subjects who took the counterfeit supplement or drug lost similar amounts of weight as those who took the real supplement.

What's more, the placebo in many studies has also been the belief itself. For example, you may have heard of the study where students of average overall intelligence scores scored higher and performed better in their coursework and classroom when they were told by the researchers and believed they were gifted.

This underscores the power of belief. It is exemplified by the power of the placebo effect in scientific research.

So how does one put this into effect? Understanding the power of the mind, and the power that belief has, even being proven by science, believe deep down that you can achieve your goals and perform at a higher level, and you will- even when taking a sugar pill that contains no beneficial side effects whatsoever. The power of self belief is like magic, and scientifically proven to work.

-Greg Mickles

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