Did you know that you can heal your body and you can harm your body all with the incredible power of your thoughts and beliefs? It’s true! There are many studies done looking at Placebo effect– which is the positive effects of positive thinking, hope, expectations and self- care. Through these studies, researchers discover the Nocebo effect- which is the power of negative beliefs to bring on negative effects. Bernie Siegel, MD, author of “Love, Medicine, and Miracles” and Lissa Rankin, MD, author of “Mind over Medicine” discuss several of these studies where people where given a Placebo and were told of possible side effects. In one study, subjects were given normal saline IV instead of Chemotherapy and were told that they could experience hair loss. 30% of these subject lost their hair! Another study gave subjects sugar water instead of chemotherapy and they were told it may cause nausea and vomiting. This time, 80% of subjects threw up. All because they believed the medicine would cause these side effects. Your mind has tremendous power and can be very susceptible to negative suggestions. If you belief you will get sick, or are destined to get a certain disease, chances are you will, just from that belief.
How do you shift away from these negative thoughts? By being kind to yourself and being hopeful. Repeating mantras of positive thoughts and affirmations which trigger the relaxation response has been shown to shift thoughts and beliefs to positive ones and actually heal the body and strengthen the immune system. Mona Lisa Shultz, MD and Louise Hay have studied this concept and discuss the power of affirmations in their book “All is Well”. These affirmations reframe your thoughts, fears and beliefs into positive, empowering ones. The positive thoughts are then change agents for healing our body and mind. Bruce Lipton and Lissa Rankin talk about medical hexing, which is the belief that when a Doctor gives a negative prognosis or tells someone they are “at risk for…” they can actually be creating negative beliefs and thoughts and fear. Instead, we need to think positively, reflect with hope and take back our power versus living with fear and negativity. One can be positive, and practice positive prevention through eating close to the earth, greening up the environment, managing stress and our emotional ‘stuff’ and exercise intuitively (listening to our body vs driving it hard through the screams or groans). To help, check out the Hay House Publishing Website– type in daily affirmations. They have them in calendars, in books and you can like on Facebook to receive daily affirmations there. Be Good to YOU, and open up your heart to positive thoughts and affirmations. Open up your heart to YOU.
VALENTINE’S DAY SUGGESTION: Give the gift of love from the heart. Start with you, then each loved one you choose. Pick something that is a struggle- anxiety, body image, self esteem, perfectionism/superhero complex. Write out an affirmation on card stock and create a sign with the affirmation. Present this to your valentine, remembering yourself as well. Place it somewhere visible daily and often.
Example: For anxiety- “I am safe. I am powerful
and secure. I live in this moment. I am important and will be remembered always”
For Insecurity- “I am safe. I am secure. I give and receive love and kindness”
For Perfection/ DOers- ” I am enough. I am me and I am important just being who I am”.