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Is it possible to heal by thought alone—without drugs or surgery? The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect. In You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza shares numerous documented cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, crippling arthritis, and even the tremors of Parkinson’s disease by believing in a placebo. Similarly, Dr. Joe tells of how others have gotten sick and even died the victims of a hex or voodoo curse—or after being misdiagnosed with a fatal illness. Belief can be so strong that pharmaceutical companies use double- and triple-blind randomized studies to try to exclude the power of the mind over the body when evaluating new drugs.
Dr. Joe does more than simply explore the history and the physiology of the placebo effect. He asks the question: “Is it possible to teach the principles of the placebo, and without relying on any external substance, produce the same internal changes in a person’s health and ultimately in his or her life?” Then he shares scientific evidence (including color brain scans) of amazing healings from his workshops, in which participants learn his model of personal transformation, based on practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. The book ends with a “how-to” meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back—the first step in healing.
You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.
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About the Author
Joe Dispenza, D.C., author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain, has a passion for teaching others how to use the latest discoveries from neuroscience and quantum physics to reprogram their brains, heal illness, and lead more fulfilled lives. One of the experts featured in the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, Dr. Joe teaches workshops and lectures all over the world. He’s also designed a corporate program that brings his model of transformation to businesses.
Dr. Joe is a faculty member at the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine in Honolulu and an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, where he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree. His postgraduate training covered neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, and aging and longevity. He runs an integrated health and chiropractic clinic near Olympia, Washington.
Table of Contents
Foreword Dawson Church xi
Preface: Waking Up xv
Introduction: Making Minds Matter xxix
Part I Information
Chapter 1 Is It Possible? 3
Chapter 2 A Brief History of the Placebo 23
Chapter 3 The Placebo Effect in the Brain 47
Chapter 4 The Placebo Effect in the Body 79
Chapter 5 How Thoughts Change the Brain and the Body 105
Chapter 6 Suggestibility 123
Chapter 7 Attitudes, Beliefs, and Perceptions 157
Chapter 8 The Quantum Mind 181
Chapter 9 Three Stories of Personal Transformation 199
Chapter 10 Information to Transformation: Proof That You Are the Placebo 233
Part II Transformation
Chapter 11 Meditation Preparation 267
Chapter 12 Changing Beliefs and Perceptions Meditation 283
Afterword: Becoming Supernatural 299
Appendix: Script of the Changing Beliefs and Perceptions Meditation 305
About the Author 347
What People are Saying About This
“You Are the Placebo is the instruction manual for how to produce miracles in your body, with your health, and in your life. It’s simply magnificent. This may be the only prescription you’ll ever require.”
— Christiane Northrup, M.D., best-selling author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
“Your mind is so incredibly important to the success or failure of virtually everything you do, from relationships, school, work, and finances to overall happiness. You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter is a powerful exploration of your most important resource and offers many practical tools to optimize your mind to enhance your overall success. I love Dr. Dispenza’s way of communicating complex ideas in a way all of us can understand and benefit from.”
— Daniel G. Amen, M.D., founder of Amen Clinics and New York Times best-selling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age
“From my experience with patients with life-threatening illnesses, I have learned the truth as shared in You Are the Placebo. The body experiences what the mind believes. I have learned how to deceive people into health for their benefit. Doctors can kill or cure with ‘wordswordswords’ when they become ‘swordswordswords.’ We all have the potential for self-induced healing built into us. The key is to know how to achieve your potential. Read and learn.”
— Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of A Book of Miracles and The Art of Healing
“Dr. Joe Dispenza is a master teacher who has the ability to explain science at a very simple level so that everyone understands.”
— don Miguel Ruiz, M.D., author of The Four Agreements
“Dr. Joe Dispenza weaves scientific studies together to come up with a true revolutionary approach to using our minds to heal our bodies. I was spellbound. Bravo!”
— Mona Lisa Schulz, M.D., Ph.D., author of The Intuitive Advisor and All Is Well
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dr. Dispenza, you were right! You Are the Placebo left me feeling lifted, inspired, invincible, and empowered! This is not only a book but a life changing journey. Dr. Dispenza displays incredible insight with this book. It is an intelligent read yet is put forth in language that anyone can relate to. I love his wit and humor. This is cutting edge stuff! This is not just an amazing story but it is filled with scientific FACTS that have been carefully researched and replicated time and time again. I have been using this mind over matter to maintain my weight loss, but with this book, I am learning to apply it to other areas of my life. You can too! Your personal paradigm will be shifted for the good if you read this book! Let this kind of transformation into your world.