Sweetening the Pill
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.