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Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School studies placebos

Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard Medical School studies placebos
Two weeks into Ted Kaptchuk’s first randomized clinical drug trial, nearly a third of his 270 subjects complained of awful side effects. All the patients had joined the study hoping to alleviate severe arm pain: carpal tunnel, tendinitis, chronic pain in the elbow, shoulder, wrist. In one part of the study, half the subjects received pain-reducing pills; the others were offered acupuncture treatments. Although Kaptchuk, an associate professor of medicine, has spent his career studying these mysterious human reactions, he doesn’t argue that you can simply “think yourself better.” But researchers have found that placebo treatments—interventions with no active drug ingredients—can stimulate real physiological responses, from changes in heart rate and blood pressure to chemical activity in the brain, in cases involving pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, and even some symptoms of Parkinson’s. This was disturbing for Kaptchuk, too; deception played no role in his own success as a healer. Related:  medicine & healthMisc 2

Nocebo - Placebo In the strictest sense, a nocebo response is where a drug-trial's subject's symptoms are worsened by the administration of an inert, sham, or dummy (simulator) treatment, called a placebo. In its original application, nocebo had a very specific meaning in the medical domains of pharmacology, and nosology, and aetiology. It was a subject-oriented adjective that was used to label the harmful, injurious, unpleasant or undesirable reactions (or responses) that a subject manifested - thus, nocebo reactions (or nocebo responses) - as a consequence of the administration of an inert, dummy drug, in cases where these responses had not been chemically generated, and were entirely due to the subject's pessimistic belief and expectation that the inert drug in question would produce harmful, injurious, unpleasant or undesirable consequences.

Home This website is a portal to the Institute of Noetic Sciences online double-slit experiment, a study that is part of our research program exploring the role of consciousness in the physical world. During the experiment data from an optical system in our laboratory is streamed live to your web browser. We use a double-slit optical system because, as the Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman famously said, "[The double-slit experiment] has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality, it contains the only mystery." The double-slit experiment is especially useful in the present context because it provides a way to empirically investigate the meaning of "observation" in the measurement of quantum systems. The study design is based on two assumptions: (1) If information is gained about the photon’s path as it travels through two slits by any means – then the interference pattern will collapse in proportion to the certainty of the knowledge gained.

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Can dogs smell cancer? By Dina Zaphiris Yes, dogs can smell cancer. They can even smell it “in situ”, or at stage zero. Let’s take a closer look at why dogs are even interested in smelling cancer in the first place. Dogs can smell in parts per trillion. Training dogs to smell cancer is done in the same way that bomb and narcotics dogs are trained, pairing the target odor with a high value reward. Sound Healing: The Power of Sound (Binaural Beats Meditation Included!) | Wake Up World - Part 2 Diffusing Your Attention with Music This exercise will let you experience what happens when you diffuse your attention. I hope you will realise that many types of meditation and relaxation techniques are based on simply changing your attention style from focusing to diffusing. Once you know how to do it you can get into the ‘zone’ a lot quicker. Click here to get started. Binaural Beats Meditation Exercise — Shumann Resonance 7.38 Hz This is a meditation exercise that includes a binaural beat at the shumman resonance of 7.38 Hz which will help to get your brain into the alpha frequency. Cymatics links: Related articles by Dr. Previous articles by Peter Paul Parker: About the author: Peter Paul Parker has been a musician for most of his career. Peter wrote and produced the album ‘Wild Child’ by The Spoken X and his own album, ‘Stepping Up’, both released by Metro Publishing. Peter is currently working with Dr. Connect with Peter at,

Heartfelt rationality The alternative industry: it doesn’t work and why it does My last major project before leaving Oslo for openDemocracy was a six-part edutainment/documentary series on the ‘alternative industry’, its science and irrationality. It was produced by Teddy TV and broadcast on NRK1 (Norway’s equivalent of BBC1, ie the country’s main television channel). We cheekily named ourselves Folkeopplysningen, “The Public Enlightenment”. The various branches of the alternative industry make a lot of claims, and a lot of money off these claims. We decided it was time for some critical scrutiny of this business, and based on reception and ratings, we are not alone in thinking this. Public Enlightenment. With a physicist, a psychologist and researchers, we asked three main questions: Are the claims made by the various alternative offerings possible from a scientific point of view? And yes, we found it is pretty much all hokum. Only acupuncture has some credible documentation to show for itself. No.

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5 Unusual Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life The way you spend your first hour of waking up will make or break the rest of your day. If you find yourself shuffling about in the morning, rushing to get through breakfast and flying out the door to work, you might want to consider changing things up. If you find that you don’t have a lot of time in the morning, try getting up a little earlier and including a healthy morning ritual which can help bring energy, vitality, productivity, and mental and emotional balance to the rest of your day. 1. As soon as you wake up, get out of bed and go to a comfortable chair or couch. If you notice that your aren’t in a good mood, focus on your feeling. This tension “check in” can be as long or as short as you need it to be. 2. A simple Google search will turn up hundreds of studies that illustrate just how positively meditation can affect the body and mind. 3. Sun salutations are a series of super simple yoga poses. 4. 5. I hope these tools have helped you. Last chance to Watch! Sound Healing: The Power of Sound (Binaural Beats Meditation Included!) By Peter Paul Parker Guest Writer for Wake Up World In the beginning was the word and the word was God. The Hebrew translation for word can also been interpreted as sound. Back in the 1960’s Swiss scientist Dr. Jonathan Reid is another Cymatic researcher, who is a musician and a scientist. Pythagoras and Sound Healing Pythagoras has been credited as being the Father of Mathematics, Geometry and Music. The Fibonacci Sequence is evident in nature. The Fibonacci series of numbers can be found everywhere in nature, and are looked upon as the building blocks of life. The Fibonacci series starts at the beginning, which is zero, and then the next number is 1. The Fibonacci series gives perfect balance in growth and movement, so therefore you get a balanced expansion. Tuning Your Chakras Another researcher into Sound healing is Jonathan Goldman. In modern life today we are being detuned from that field and we all need to find ways to tune us back up. Binaural Beats and the Fibonacci Sequence

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Remote Viewing How To One of the burning questions people have when they first discover remote viewing is, How can I try it? Though it takes training, time, and practice to become a highly-skilled operational-level remote viewer, it is fairly easy for even a beginner to do a simple remote viewing experiment successfully. Below are some guidelines for two basic experiments. One easy type of experiment involves merely trying to "see" what is in a picture sealed in an opaque envelope. The photos should not be too complex, but striking enough that they will hold some interest to the remote viewer's subconscious mind (which is heavily involved in the process). When you are ready to do the session, select one of the envelopes, and sit at a table in a quiet or peaceful area with several sheets of paper and a black-ink pen. Some things to remember: Remote viewing impressions must compete with all the mental "noise" that occupies all of our minds all of the time. There are some guidelines, though. Copyright © 2006.

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How To Do What The CIA Already Did – Leave Your Body And ‘Remote View’ Something Remote viewing and other ‘parapsychological’ phenomena has actually been studied in depth by a number of scientists and government intelligence agencies for decades. For a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies that relate to this type of topic, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here. Did you know that the CIA, in conjunction with Stanford university, were involved in the scientific study of parapsychological phenomena that lasted more than two decades? Remote viewing is the ability of a person to describe a remote geographical location up to several hundred thousand kilometers from their actual physical location. In these experiments, multiple individuals were able to describe distinct objects that were located in a separate room, and at other remote physical locations from where there body was not. How To Do It Paul H Smith, PhD, is a founder and past-president of the International Remote Viewing Association (IRVA).