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The Value of Placebo Pills – Funny and True

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What is the Value of Placebo Pills?

Some say NOTHING WORKS BETTER !

I have just had so much fun reading about the quirky and fascinating placebo effect. “The Placebo Effect is one of the strangest and least understood phenomenons found in human physiology and psychology. Most of us know a thing or two about it, namely that we can essentially cure ourselves of maladies simply because we believe we are being cured of them. In other words we trick ourselves back into health, proving that the brain is an extremely powerful entity“(1). Here are some of the funny and informational things I read:

***Placebos help you play golf better, do more push ups, and even take away your cough.

***A placebo doesn’t require manipulation to work. In a recent Harvard study, a bottle with pills labeled PLACEBO worked just as well as the best medication.

***”Approximately half the drugs that fail in late stage trials fail because they simply can’t out-perform placebos”.

***People can get “placebo drunk” on non-alcoholic beer, complete with lower IQ and impaired judgement. There is a youtube video showing a frat party that served up an alcohol free keg. I didn’t watch it. You can link to it from the listverse link below.

***Another placebo effect is called “Nocebo”. This is funny~! People can also get the “side effects” of the thing that is being “placeboed”….. like irritable bowels or erectile dysfunction.

**Placebo effect also occurs with dogs, and other animals like lab mice.

***Some high profile studies are showing that placebos can be as effective as anti-depressants (probably more effective since anxiety is a side-effect of some anti-depressants).

***Placebo pill color matters: “Researchers have learned that yellow placebo pills are the most effective at treating depression while red pills cause the patient to be more alert and awake. Green pills help ease anxiety while white pills soothe stomach issues such as ulcers.”

***”Fake surgeries can be just as effective as the real thing, taking the placebo effect to the next level.”

***”The more placebo pills taken the better, with those taken four times a day more effective than those taken twice daily. Pills that have a “brand name” stamped on them also work better than pills that have nothing written on them. It appears that we humans are superficial even when it comes to the fake drugs we ingest.”

***We can’t (typically) will our way toward recovery, but need to take a pill. In essence, we need some sort of “external influence” to initiate the sequence of events that lead to the placebo effect.

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FUN & FASCINATING Resources:

Placebo pills are for sale by the pound on amazon.com (hilarious reviews!). Knowing that they are available makes me feel so much better~!  No more headaches, sore throats, flu, etc….. the whole family will now be healthy forever~! Another source of placebo pills, and more in depth placebo stats and facts: click here to go to placebo.com. These guys are goofing off, and making some money having a good laugh. Their motto: NOTHING WORKS BETTER ! I get a chuckle that they are going for it, packaging and selling placebos in a bottle labelled placebo~! Why not~!?

(1) Listverse.com (quoted above) has more crazy-fun in-depth placebo information. I like to keep my blog posts short because people are more apt to read short blog posts~! Link to listverse.com placebo list: 10 Crazy Facts About the Placebo Effect.

“There is a website, Placeboeffect.com, which holds itself up as ‘The Official Placebo Effect Resource‘ (whatever ‘official’ means in the world of placebos!) Here you can access classes, essays, an ebook and other resources on the phenomenon, though not placebos themselves.” (Roughly quoted from placebo.com.)

Feel free to re-blog or share this on facebook and other social media, as it is informational and funny~! Please do~!

Write a Proposal Before You Write the Book

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So, it turns out that the best approach to writing a book is to write the book proposal first. (I didn’t do that. I wish I had known.)

Here is a website that is a good resource for writing book proposals:

Book Proposals

(Photo: Gellhorn and Hemingway, 1940. Robert Capa, © 2001 by Cornell Capa.)

Update: I have found a publisher. Click here to read more about how all the publishers wanted to publish my book, and more updates.

Be Happy~! Music Takes us there…..

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Be Happy~!

Music Takes us there…..

All audiences in the world, regardless of language & education, seem to “get” the pentatonic scale. Our brains are wired for music. Very cool~! In this fun, 3-min performance from the World Science Festival, musician Bobby McFerrin uses the pentatonic scale to reveal one surprising result of the way our brains are wired. Click here~!

QUOTES FROM TED.COM:

Listening to Bobby McFerrin sing may be hazardous to your preconceptions. Side effects may include unparalleled joy, a new perspective on creativity, rejection of the predictable, and a sudden, irreversible urge to lead a more spontaneous existence.

Why you should listen to him:

Bobby McFerrin is one of the world’s best-known vocal innovators and improvisers, a world-renowned classical conductor and a passionate spokesman for music education. His recordings have sold more than 20 million copies (including the sunny classic, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”), and his collaborations including those with with Yo-Yo Ma, Chick Corea, the Vienna Philharmonic and Herbie Hancock have established him as an ambassador of both the classical and jazz worlds.

McFerrin has worked with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.

Try Something New~! Dragon Fruit~!

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I think it is fun to try something new.

My husband does, too.

He saw this dragon fruit in the supermarket and it piqued his interest. He asked if I thought we should try it. We both thought, “YES”~!  We had never tasted it before. So here it is. Our dragon fruit adventure~!  And we made directions so you can try it too, if you haven’t ever done so. It tastes a bit like kiwi, but more mild, less acidic, more floral. Subtle, sweet…

This is a simple way to have an inexpensive happiness adventure. Buy something you’ve never tasted before. It is funny how you can’t always describe it. There are few words to describe a unique flavor~!

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The Three A’s of Awesome ~ Neil Pasricha

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I am listening to a speech by Neil Pasricha on the Three A’s of Awesome.

Life can be more “awesome”. But, we have to take our part in making that happen.

Awareness – Embrace your inner 3 year old~!

Attitude – Life can throw us some lumps & bumps. Grieve & move on.

Authenticity – Follow your heart & be yourself.

Link to: Neil Pasricha: The 3 A’s of awesome

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Good News…. Bad News….

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The bad news is:  I have a sore throat & fever.

The good news is: I am self-employed, so I can take the day off.

The bad news is: When I don’t work, I don’t get paid. No paid sick days for this girl.

The good news is: I am reading a really good book… and that makes me happy.

Oh?  What am I reading?

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  I’m very likely to post quotes from this book.  I find myself laughing and thinking as I read it. It has plenty of secrets for how to get more enjoyment out of our everyday lives by making small simple adjustments. Very Cool~!

Here is a website for more information: //www.happiness-project.com/

How to Live Before You Die – by Steve Jobs

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I listened to this video today while I was working. It is amazing. I thought I could take a quote from it for my post today. It turns out that every sentence is pregnant with purpose and power. Instead of watching TV before going to bed, why not let this fill your head, so you can REALLY dream while you are sleeping.  

Steve Jobs dropped out of college because his family didn’t have enough money.  He then sat in the classes anyway, un-enrolled, going only to classes that interested him, with no pre-requisites. Later, he invented MacIntosh Computers and ended up getting fired from the company he had birthed. Still passionate about his work, he created Pixar, the amazing animated films company. Then he was diagnosed with cancer. He talks about the value of every failure and disaster, and how staying hungry and passionate is vital for a quality life.

Video: Steve Jobs: How to live before you die

Take Away Points:

Follow curiosity & intuition.

You can’t connect the dots looking forward, only looking back. Believing the dots will connect in the future helps to allow you to follow your heart now.

You’ve GOT to find what you love…. and that is as true for work as your relationships. Don’t settle. Keep looking.

Your time is limited. So, don’t waste it living someone else’s life.

Your heart and intuition already know what you want to become.

Steve’s parting wish:  “Stay Hungry…. Stay Foolish…”