Sweet­en­ing the Pill

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Anew report re­veals that ‘97 per cent of GPs have pre­scribed place­bos’. The press head­lines de­clared that ‘Doc­tors have been fib­bing to us’ ad­mit­ting to pre­scrib­ing sugar pills or sa­line in­jec­tions, which con­tain no ac­tive in­gre­di­ents.

One doc­tor lead­ing the re­search claimed they are not de­ceiv­ing pa­tients, they are sim­ply ac­knowl­edg­ing that if your body ex­pects a re­sponse from a pill it can ac­ti­vate one even if your mind knows it’s a placebo. So what was my re­sponse – am I up in arms at this so-called de­cep­tion? Am I in­censed that pa­tients have po­ten­tially been de­nied the right to med­i­ca­tion? When I heard this news I shouted Hur­rah!! I’m thrilled that there are those who recog­nise the power of the mind and our body’s own in­cred­i­ble power to heal it­self, of course not al­ways, but of­ten given time and sup­port and some may say God’s heal­ing.

In other cul­tures it is ac­cepted that the mind af­fects the body but in the UK even when cases present that are clearly a ‘mir­a­cle’ they will of­ten be writ­ten off as some­thing un­ex­plained or merely co­in­ci­dence.

David Hamil­ton is an au­thor who uses sci­en­tific re­search to in­spire his work. David says: “It’s not mys­te­ri­ous at all and ev­i­dence shows that there is ab­so­lutely no doubt what­so­ever that the mind im­pacts the body. Tr y to think of a sex­ual fan­tasy with­out hav­ing a phys­i­cal im­pact or caus­ing hor­monal fluc­tu­a­tions in your body!”

David has a PhD in or­ganic chem­istry, which in­volves build­ing up mol­e­cules by stick­ing atoms to­gether. He worked in a lab de­vel­op­ing drugs for heart disease and can­cer in a large phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany. He be­came fas­ci­nated by the peo­ple in the med­i­cal tri­als who im­proved on place­bos, (al­most ex­actly the same num­ber who im­proved on the drugs) and this ac­cel­er­ated his in­ter­est in the mind-body con­nec­tion.

David says: “If you think of some­one who causes you stress then you’d pro­duce stress chem­istry in your brain. You’d also el­e­vate lev­els of cor­ti­sol and adren­a­line in your blood­stream, and cause in­creased blood to flow to your ma­jor mus­cles. If you think like this con­sis­tently, you could pro­duce higher lev­els of free rad­i­cals and chem­i­cals of in­flam­ma­tion in your blood­stream too.

“Or think of some­one you love or feel af­fec­tion to­wards. This time, you’ll pro­duce love chem­istry in your brain, which will in­volve dopamine, sero­tonin, the brain’s nat­u­ral ver­sions of mor­phine and heroin, known as en­doge­nous opi­oids, and the love hor­mone, oxy­tocin.”

Oxy­tocin will also be pro­duced around the body and will quickly di­late your ar­ter­ies and lower your blood pres­sure. It’s called a ‘car­dio­pro­tec­tive’ hor­mone – it pro­tects the heart. With con­sis­tent think­ing in this way, the el­e­vated oxy­tocin lev­els will neu­tralise free rad­i­cals and in­flam­ma­tion in your blood ves­sels… and you’re do­ing it all in your mind.”

The best pre­scrip­tion: Har­ness the power of the mind and heal your body in the process.

How your mind can heal your body by Dr David Hamil­ton is out now, pub­lished by Hay House books.

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