What I learned in College: The Amazing Power Of The Placebo

I took up Bachelor of Science in Nursing during my college years back in 2007-2011. I may not have been able to practice my original profession, and I may have forgotten a lot of things already related to this career; but I believe that there are specific things that I learned during that time that I am still able to apply in my life right now. Here is one example of those things.

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Did you know that there is a specific medicine that is available to everyone which can help you run faster, jump higher, lift stronger, think smarter, and be more confident? (And, I’m not talking about steroids. :P) It’s a drug that can help improve your condition in just a few moments regardless of what condition you have. What’s amazing about this drug is… it has no bad side effects.

(Again, I said it is “available for everyone” but it will “not work for everyone”.)

Wondering what that drug is? Well, it’s what you call a “placebo pill”. This is an ordinary sugar coated pill which is used on patients to ease symptoms from an underlying condition.

Placebos can’t lower your cholesterol or shrink a tumor, (though in some cases may) but instead, they work on symptoms modulated by the brain, such the perception of pain, stress-related insomnia, and cancer treatment side effects like fatigue and nausea.” That’s what you call a “Placebo effect.”

Did you know that the placebo effect can be attributed to success? How? Just imagine where you are right now in your life journey. How do you see yourself? Do you consider yourself a success or a failure? If you can take a pill that can change your current situation, will you take it? Imagine taking a placebo pill that can make you successful after ingesting it. Won’t it be great?

Well, no matter what stage you are in your life is, weather you take a pill or not, what you perceive about yourself is what you are right now. If you think you are successful, then your brain will start to perceive your current situation as a success and in turn enable you to stay positive and more effective. Everything is all in your mind. You don’t need anyone to change your life. You don’t need to wait for an opportunity to come. You just need to make your own opportunity and believe.

So if there is something that I want you to remember about the plecebo, it’s that, it is a scientific proof that we have the power to heal ourselves. Our thoughts are powerful enough to bring things into existence. So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of this and create that person that you have envisioned for yourself.

“Be enthusiastic. Remember the placebo effect; 30% of medicine is showbiz.”

– Ronald Spark.

Photo credit: scienceblogs.com


I hope this article taught you something about how to achieve success.
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  • Thank you for the wisdom about Placebo Effect attributing to one’s success. It’s a new thought for me to read.

  • Shell

    This is an interesting take on the wisdom of the Placebo Effect….

  • Amy

    This is yet another reminder that our brain harnesses so much power. Our thoughts/minds really impact our health – emotional, physical, mental. It’s so interesting how our bodies react to the way our brain thinks. Good thing our brain remains malleable through adulthood…meaning we have the ability to change the way we think and expand our brain cells.

  • dmhyf

    Honestly I have never seen a box of placebo pills like that one in your picture. Really, that was available in your hospital. A common placebo is vitamins. Many of its perceived effects are psychological. – Fred

  • I saw a program on Discovery Channel on placebo effect. Indeed it was an insightful show. Good to read about it here in your blog too! Its amazing how mind can have such a healing effect on body!

  • Weng Feliciano

    Nice perspective on placebo effect 🙂 I like that you creatively correlated or linked it to success.