Diet and Motivation: Placebo vs. Nocebo Effect – Thomas DeLauer
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we’ve all heard of the placebo effect before we’ve heard that you can take a sugar pill and you may still have the same response as taking the real medication but I wanted to do this video to talk about placebo versus nocebo and really the difference between the two and how it relates to getting the best possible shape but also looking yourself through a completely different lens that you can have success in every single realm of your life whether it’s business whether it’s at home whether it’s in the gym or whether it’s just how you look at yourself in the mirror so first and foremost just to make things clear what a placebo is is literally just that it’s something that is like a sugar pill so if you were to give someone blood-pressure medication and then you were given another group of people a placebo that was supposed to be like blood pressure medication you’d be measuring the difference between the two and seeing which one is a psychological impact and which one has a true physiological impact but what a lot of people don’t know is there’s something else called the nocebo and the nocebo works based on negative impact sometimes even just the mere suggestion of a negative impact contribute actually take on a negative reaction to something in fact there was a study that was done by the Technical University of Germany in Munich and what they looked at were 50 people and these 50 people were suffering from back pain and what they did is they had these 50 people perform a flexibility test half of them they told that they were probably going to experience some form of pain the other half they didn’t say anything to well guess what the half that we’re told they were going to experience some pain experience significantly more pain whereas those that didn’t get anything told to them they barely had a response at all so that’s a perfect example of how the nocebo works and how just a slight suggestion of something negative can cascade into every single negative thing that could be happening to you that day simply because you’re believing it could happen now this is just one small scale but let’s take a look at some other things as well there was a similar study that took it look at those that had prostate disease they had prostate disorders they were having issues with their prostate in general and they told them that a specific treatment that they were going to give them may cause some kind of erectile dysfunction then another group they had prostate disease they told them that there wasn’t going to be any issue with erectile dysfunction well lo and behold those that were told they we’re gonna have Edie ended up having Edie now I’m not here to say that the mind is the all-powerful thing that’s gonna dictate exactly how your body works but there’s a lot of science that’s starting to back it up and there’s a Stanford University that took a look at this the placebo effect and the nocebo effect of how we look at ourselves when it comes to health and that is exactly why I wanted to do this video because it’s pretty darn interesting our perception of how hard a workout is our perception of how hard our activity is or our perception of how healthy we are greatly dictates the success of our workouts so yes Stanford University actually found and I’ve experienced this myself that if you go into a workout feeling like you’ve got a good workout and feeling like you’re working hard that the actual results will be that as though you were working hard so you actually can dictate how your workout goes just by how you perceive it therefore proving that we have a placebo effect on how we look at ourselves now when we factor in the fact that you have this whole action preceeds motivation thing you can see how it can steamroll what I mean by that is if you perceive your workout as being more difficult then the byproduct of that workout is gonna be a much better result right you’re gonna get in better shape you’re gonna burn more calories probably going to eat better as a result but what that’s gonna do is that’s going to trigger a result that’s going to continue to flourish for days on end simply because now you’ve achieved the physical result and it makes it that much easier to stay on track see I always say that action precedes motivation because in order to really move forward with something that’s difficult you generally have to see some results or take some action before that process sticks it’s very very hard to get motivated and actually stick with it without taking action you see motivation is different from just an idea and motivation is different from inspiration inspiration is something that drives you day in and day out throughout your entire life motivation dies and action is going to keep that motivation alive your motivation will die everything if you are not taking action towards that motivation and the first step towards taking that step of action is believing that there can be action so if you get what I’m saying all I’m saying is your workout in the gym even if it’s just something to get the blood moving could actually be much more efficient at getting you in shape than you believe simply because you can condition your mind to think that way and I know this is a little bit deeper than what I normally talk about and this is a little bit of a different direction for my normal videos on my channel but I feel like we have to understand the psychology of this we have to understand how our own belief systems can truly dictate how we look at things and in another video I want to go into some more detail about how we perceive stress and how we perceive negative things in our life and how that could actually determine how those situations affect our health because there was a study that I want a reference really really briefly just so you have an idea of what I want to talk about and that’s showing that the impact of stress on your body is only determined by how you perceive that stress stress is stress whether it’s good stress or bad stress it’s the same catecholamine response it’s the same physiological response it’s the same norepinephrine and epinephrine response it’s the same adrenal response the only thing that’s changing how it impacts your physiology is if you perceive it as good stress or bad stress new stress or distress so I want you to ponder these things and I want you to truly think about the placebo effect of your health do you see yourself as healthy do you want to see yourself as healthy do you see yourself as unhealthy and when you look in the mirror what do you see are you being real with yourself because having a drill sergeant approach on your life can actually just send you in the opposite direction not saying you have to be a fluffy blue weird person what you do have to take a legit look in the mirror every now and then and appreciate the steps that you take in order to take the next steps to get to that next rung on the ladder as always keep it 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Placebo vs Nocebo:
Placebo is a Latin word meaning “I shall please.” A modern definition of placebo is “A substance containing no medication and prescribed or given to reinforce a patient’s expectation to get well.” In clinical trials, the placebo is a pill that looks identical to the active medication being tested, but it does not contain an active ingredient – often referred to as sugar pills. Your mind can be a powerful healing tool when given the chance. The idea that your brain can convince your body a fake treatment is real – science has found that under the right circumstances, a placebo can be just as effective as traditional treatments.
The nocebo effect is the phenomenon in which inert substances or mere suggestions of substances actually bring about negative effects in a person or research participant. Researchers from the Technical University of Munich in Germany published a review of the nocebo effect that looked at 31 empirical studies: In many of the experiments they analyzed, the suggestion or expectation of pain brought about significant increases in the amount of negative side effects experienced by participants.
In one study, 50 people who suffered from chronic back pain were given a flexibility test. Half were told beforehand that the test might cause some pain, while the others were not. Afterward, the first group reported a significantly higher amount of pain, despite enduring the exact same procedure.
In another study designed to help relieve symptoms of prostate disease, and half the participants were told that it could cause erectile dysfunction, while the other half was kept in the dark. 44% of the first group reported that they’d experienced ED, compared with just 15% of the uninformed group.
The placebo effect is more than positive thinking – it’s about believing that a treatment or procedure will work and creating a connection between the brain and body.
Placebos won’t lower your cholesterol or shrink a tumor. Instead, they work on symptoms modulated by the brain – may make you feel better, but won’t cure you. The placebo mindset is most effective for conditions like pain management, stress-related issues, fatigue and nausea.
Another study from Stanford University found that simply changing your mindset and perceptions about the health benefits of physical activity may help you live a longer, healthier life. The study analyzed surveys from more than 60,000 U.S. adults from three national data sets – the surveys documented participants’ levels of activity, physical health, and personal background. The study focused primarily on getting responses from one particular question: “Would you say that you are physically more active, less active, or about equally active as other people your age?”
People’s response to this question revealed a correlation between perceiving oneself as being less physically active than one’s peers and a shorter lifespan – individuals who believed they were less active than other people their age were 71% more likely to pass away in the follow-up period than individuals who self-identified as being more active.
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