How to Heal Yourself With a "Fake" Cure


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Could this be a new age of medicine?

Top doctors and researchers have stumbled upon a potential cure for numerous ailments — including cancer, heart attack, and Parkinson’s disease. And no one could be more surprised than the doctors themselves.

What makes their discovery so shocking is the patients who are getting better were actually receiving a sham treatment literally designed to fail. Yet it regularly beats the latest and greatest drugs big pharmaceutical companies are trying to pump out every year.

The bottom line of their discovery is these patients were healing themselves with the power of the mind.

You may be justifiably skeptical, but read on… the medical facts I’m about to share speak for themselves. They certainly got my attention!

How you can heal yourself with your mind

What if I told you that your beliefs and expectations have a lot to do with whether or not you can heal? This is called the ‘placebo effect’ and it’s very important that you understand it before you begin your mind body healing program.

That’s why I would like to share with you the scientific proof of the power of your mind to heal your body. If you can gain an understanding of the placebo effect, then you have taken the first step on the road to healing.

The term ‘placebo’ refers to the use of a false or ‘dummy’ treatment for illness. A typical placebo could be a pill made of sugar or a liquid ‘medication’ which is little more than water. Back in the 1950s, researchers began using placebos in clinical studies. These studies would compare the effects of a new medication with those of a pill that looked identical but contained no active ingredients.

Now what really might blow your mind is that in many of these studies, researchers discovered that the drug they were testing was in no way superior to the placebo.

But — this doesn’t mean the placebo provided no results. Actually, the very opposite was true, with the placebo group showing positive results based on the expectations of what the drug itself was supposed to offer. In other words, the placebo effect was dependent on a person’s belief and expectation.

Medical Mystery: False surgery still works

In the summer of 1994, a surgeon named J. Bruce Moseley had 10 patients scheduled for an operation intended to relieve the arthritis pain in their knees. All 10 were wheeled into the Houston Veterans Affairs Medical Center, draped, examined and anesthetized. All 10 were then dispatched to the recovery room and sent home from the hospital by the next morning equipped with crutches and a painkiller. All 10 men believed they had just gone through a reliable medical surgery to cure them of their knee arthritis pain.

But this was not the case.

In fact, while two of the men did undergo the standard arthroscopic surgery for their condition — the scraping and rinsing of the knee joint — and three had the rinsing alone, a full five of them had no recognized surgical procedure at all. Their surgery was a placebo. Moseley would cut the placebo patients’ knees three times with a scalpel — to make it feel and look real, there had to be incisions and scars for the patient to believe he had undergone surgery — but that was it.

The placebo worked.

Six months after surgery, the 10 patients still didn’t know whether they had been faked out or not.

But all of them reported much less pain.

Moseley, stunned by these results, decided to perform a more statistically reliable trial. The results were the same: the placebo effect was therapeutically equal to the surgery. In other words, the patients’ minds were what ultimately determined their healing success.

Medical Mystery: Extreme brain surgery placebo

2001 was the year of the most shocking placebo effect results.

Stem-cell researcher Dr. Cynthia McRae of the University of Denver was testing a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Her study wanted to find out if transplants of embryonic brain cells could help people with Parkinson’s disease. All 39 patients had 4 holes drilled into their skulls while under local anesthesia only. In other words — they were aware that their skulls were being drilled into.


Surgeons stunned when sham surgery worked better than the real thing

But: only half of the patients actually received any cell transplants. The other half received no treatment at all.

Results were Jaw-dropping.

After the surgery, 30 of the original 39 patients agreed to take part in a quality-of-life study. As part of this study, all 30 were asked whether they thought they had received the actual transplant, or just a placebo.

12 months later, patients who thought they received brain-cell transplants did better, than those who really received the treatment. Dr. McRae reported the following: “Those who thought they received the transplant reported better quality of life than those who thought they received the sham surgery, regardless of which surgery they actually received.”

Medical Mystery: A Placebo can even harm you

In another study, 19 out of 40 people developed the symptoms of asthma after inhaling a saline solution they were told was an allergenic. In fact, 12 of them developed full-blown wheezing and bronchial spasms.

What’s more amazing still is that their dramatic symptoms disappeared completely just three minutes after receiving another saline solution placebo. The researchers of this study concluded that it was the suggestion (the mind’s belief) which played the most important role in causing the asthmatic attacks.

Medical Mystery: The shocking case of Mr. Wright — Placebos & Nocebos

In 1950, a new drug called Krebiozen was getting sensational publicity as a possible “cure” for cancer. It was being tested by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One of the researchers involved in this testing was a doctor named Bruno Klopfer.

One of Dr. Klopfer’s patients, Mr. Wright, was suffering from cancer of the lymph nodes, and none of the standard treatments were working. His neck, armpits, chest, abdomen, and groin were filled with tumors the size of oranges, and his spleen and liver were so enlarged that two quarts of milky fluid had to be drained out of his body each day.

He was just about out of time…

When Wright discovered that Dr. Klopfer was involved in research on Krebiozen, he begged to be given Krebiozen treatments. At first his doctor refused because the drug was untested and only being tried on people with a life expectancy of at least three months. Wright begged so hard, however, that Klopfer decided to give him one injection on Friday, even though the doctor secretly suspected Wright wouldn’t last the weekend.

Dr. Klopfer was in for a big surprise.

On the following Monday, Klopfer found Wright out of bed and walking around. Klopfer reported that his tumors had “melted like snowballs on a hot stove” and were half their original size. This was a far more rapid decrease in size than even the strongest X-ray treatments could have accomplished.

Ten days after Wright’s first Krebiozen treatment, he left the hospital, and as far as his doctors could tell, with no signs of cancer. When he entered the hospital, he had needed an oxygen mask to breathe, but when he left he was well enough to fly his own plane at 12,000 feet with no discomfort.

Wright remained well for about two months, but then articles began to appear asserting that Krebiozen actually had no effect on cancer of the lymph nodes. Wright, who was rigidly logical and scientific in his thinking, became very depressed, suffered a relapse, and was readmitted to the hospital. This time his physician decided to try an experiment.

Dr. Klopfer told Wright that Krebiozen was every bit as effective as it had seemed, but that some of the initial supplies of the drug had deteriorated during shipping. He explained, however, that he had a new highly-concentrated version of the drug and could treat Wright with this. Of course, the physician did not have a new version of the drug and intended to inject Wright with nothing more than plain sterile water.

Wright remained symptom-free for another two months, but then the American Medical Association announced that a nationwide study of Krebiozen had found the drug worthless in the treatment of cancer. This time Wright’s faith was completely shattered. His cancer blossomed anew and he died two days later.

Wright’s story is tragic, but it has a powerful message: When we can tap the healing forces of belief, we can cause tumors to melt away overnight! The patient’s mind alone caused his recovery — and then his demise.

This event proves that your mind is so powerful that it can literally bring wonderful or tragic changes in your health — within days.

Why am I telling you all of this?

So by now you might be wondering, “Well what does this mean for me in my life?” Let me connect the dots…

Most people never learn how to tap into and control the powerful force of their minds for healing. In fact, when it comes to health and illness, some people have their minds working against them. Doctors call this psychosomatic illness — and it can be any illness that’s caused by someone’s negative beliefs about their health. Do you know of someone like this? Or do you do this yourself?

There are now so many examples of the placebo effect’s power to heal equally as well as a drug, that pharmaceutical companies are getting worried. In fact, both new and well-known drugs are proving less effective against the placebo.

For example, between 2001 and 2006, there was a 20% increase in new products that had to be removed from further development following Phase II clinical trials, (when drugs are tested against a placebo). Further, this failure rate continued into Phase III trials, increasing by an additional 11 percent due primarily to the various drugs’ poor results against a placebo.

In 2007 the US Food and Drug Administration was only able to approve 19 first-of-their-kind drugs. This is the smallest amount since 1983. 2008 wasn’t much better with only 24 new drugs approved. And these results have nothing to do with drug companies’ new product development, because the industry invested record levels of funds into their research and development programs during these years.

The Big Question: Can your mind heal someone else?

Some of the most surprising evidence for distant healing comes from psychologist William Braud and his colleagues at The Mind Science Foundation of San Antonio, Texas. Braud’s studies, conducted over the course of 17 years, involved having people mentally attempt to influence the nervous system of remote participants.

The results of the study were mind blowing.

The Receivers

Braud wired up the first group of people, called receivers, to machines that measured 7 different physiological responses like blood pressure, skin conductivity and muscle tremor.

The Senders

A second group of people, called senders, were placed in a different room and told to try and arouse or calm the receiver — only by thinking about them. Both senders and receivers were ordinary people who had volunteered for the study. Braud’s 37 experiments included 665 sessions, 449 people and 13 experimenters. What he found was that at the exact moment the sender was asked to think of their receiver, the receiver would show a change in his or her physiological condition.

The 37 experiments combined resulted in the odds-against-chance of more than 100 trillion-to-one in favor of distant mental interactions between participants. In short, the ability of one person’s mind to affect another person’s body is a scientific fact.

But is your power strong enough to heal?

Now that we know that one person’s mind can influence another person’s physical body, the next question is: is this power strong enough to heal someone?

Again, the answer will surprise you.

The effects of distant healing have been proven to be significantly greater than many drugs considered by experts to be highly successful.

What do aspirin, heart attacks and your mind have in common?

I suppose the better question would be which is more effective in reducing heart attacks? I bet that by now you know this answer.

Many studies have shown that propranolol and aspirin are highly effective in reducing heart attacks. But their effects pale in comparison to distant healing through the power of the mind.

The effect sizes of drugs are measured on a scale from 0 to 1. An effect size of 0.03 in a medical life-or-death situation would mean that 3 out of 100 people survived. An effect size of 0.3 would mean that an additional 30 out of 100 survived.

In medical tests the effect size of aspirin on reducing heart attack is 0.03. The effect size of propranolol was not much higher, at 0.04. But these sizes are still sufficient enough that the government has permitted drug makers to say their products prevent heart attack.

But the effect size of distant healing in Braud’s experiments was a surprising 0.25.

This means that if 100 people were going through a therapy with a success rate of 35%, this success rate would go up to 60% if you add distant healing.

Almost twice as many patients would be saved.

The strange ‘side effect’ of distant healing

In his studies, Dr. Braud also discovered a strange ‘side effect’ of distant healing. His volunteers were asked to participate in another experiment where they would try to mentally calm down two groups. One was a group of highly nervous people and the other a calmer group.

First, Braud found that the distant healing effect was the strongest when the person on the receiving end actually had a serious need for healing. In other words, the effect size on the highly nervous group was far greater than on the calm group.

More surprisingly, he found that the effect size on the agitated group by those trying to calm them down was only slightly less than the effect that people had on themselves when using relaxation techniques.

In statistical terms this means that other people could have the same mind-body effect on you as you could have on yourself — and vice-versa.

The five things you need for Mind-Body Healing

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Learn to focus your attention on one thing at a time

William Braud outlined five major mental techniques that he believed have important effects on the self-healing processes.

They include:

The need for relaxation and quietude.

Learning to focus your attention on one thing (e.g. breathing), which allows you to develop mental self-control and avoid distractions.(The above two points are achieved through meditation — I’ll teach you a flawless technique for entering a deep state of meditation in Silva Mind Body Healing).

Learning visualization or imagery techniques since pictures are the preferred language of the mind.

Incorporating intent into the process, a wish for some goal to be reached and an expectation that it will.

The evocations of strong positive emotions during the healing process.

The healing system developed by Jose Silva almost two decades before Braud’s research had already incorporated these five elements. Braud’s research had finally provided scientific credibility to Silva’s technique.

Jose Silva taught millions of people how to heal themselves.

In fact, he believed that 90% of all illnesses were caused by the mind. Imagine what this would mean to your life if you could accelerate your own healing.

Well here’s the best part: you CAN. And, I’ll bet you that just by reading the next 4 steps, you’ll already learn how to make a dramatic influence on your health. I know you can and will!

The Silva Mind-Body Healing basic technique

1. Go to the Alpha Level of mind.

Once you’ve read through the 5 steps, click on the audio link below. It will guide you to your Alpha Level.

2. Visualize your current state of health on your ‘mental screen.’

Use your imagination to ‘see’ the current condition of your body — including the ailment or pain that is bothering you. You do not need to memorize or know what each component of your body actually looks like. Simple pictures are enough to speak to your mind. A lung can be imagined as a balloon. A kidney can resemble a kidney bean. Create a symbolic picture of the ailment. Then feel the emotions associated with this problem.

3. See yourself healing and getting better and healthier.

Now visualize the ailment disappearing. Use your imagination to create a system for removing the problem. For example, you can see kidney stones crushed into harmless powder; white blood cells as tiny soldiers attacking a tumor; or sore muscles bathed in healing light. What you visualize doesn’t matter, as long as it has meaning to you. This is a powerful message for your subconscious mind.

4. Let your final picture be one of perfect health.

Feel the joy and energy of having perfect health. Imagine it’s true and already occurring. You can add power to this with an affirmation like “I have a perfectly healthy body and mind.”

5. Let go!

Trust your body’s ability to heal itself. Let go of trying to figure out if it’s working or not. You can now come out of the Alpha Level, knowing that your body is indeed, healing.

Please note that mental healing should not be used as a replacement for a visit to your doctor. Always consult a doctor first for serious health conditions. Mental healing is a type of complementary medicine — as the name suggests it is to be used alongside but not as a replacement for modern medicine.

No matter what type of healing you use, the Silva Mind Body Healing system can speed and smooth your normal healing process amazingly.

In the Silva Healing Mind exercise, you will be guided into the alpha level of mind. This is a state of relaxed meditation. You’ll then lis­ten to a series of mental pro­gram­ming sessions that are designed to allow your mind to open itself up to heightened intuition. It will take no more than 30 minutes. Simply down­load the Audio below to get started.

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Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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