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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Positive Thoughts During Stressful Times

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Today’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features an important TED Talk that will hopefully give our readers science-based reasons to promote civility, participation and positive attitudes during these politically stressful times.

It features Lissa Rankin, MD, who explored the scientific literature, and reviewed case studies of spontaneous disease remission, as well as placebo and nocebo effect data, to prove that our thoughts powerfully affect our physiology and physical health. 

Thinking is real medicine, as proven by the placebo effect. What causes this response isn't a physical substance but the activity of the mind-body connection. Expectations are powerful, which also explains ​placebo's shadow side, the nocebo effect, ​scientifically proven to not be ​random.  

About 25 percent of clinical study subjects given nothing more than sugar pills experience the same listed side effects as subjects receiving real drugs. ​Symptoms like fatigue, vomiting, muscle weakness, colds, ringing in the ears, taste disturbances, memory disturbances, and other symptoms should not result from nothing more than a daily dose of sugar pills, or daily media doses of bad news. 

The take home message: ​Dr. Rankin's proven science reinforces ​the mental health need to passionately participate in the real world around us, ​while ​refusing to mentally succumb to bad news and ​fear mongering. 

​Attitude matters! Relax, stay well and do your best to stay ​mentally and physically balanced and nourished ​enough to enjoy ​each day with positive, nurturing people.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff