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Monday, January 02, 2006

Placebo Effect

Research shows that expectations have psychological and physical influence upon health. Expectation of something pleasant is a major part of the pleasure, and pleasure is a significant aspect of happiness.

Expectations cause changes in the neurochemistry of the brain. This may be the reason for the placebo effect. Alternatively, it has been found that a pain medication does not work as well when Alzheimer’s disease eliminates the ability to expect the benefit.

Expectations and hope are intertwined. People need hope and expectations to be happy and to lead healthy lives. The fact that it is in your mind does not eliminate the benefit, and your expectation just may come to pass.

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