The medical establishment has been proving that the mind can heal the body for over 50 years. We call it “the placebo effect,” and we know that when patients in clinical trials get nothing but sugar pills, saline injections, or fake surgeries, but believe they might be getting the new wonder drug or miracle surgery, their bodies get better 18-80% of the time.
While many are aware of the seemingly mysterious placebo effect, fewer people know about its evil twin, “the nocebo effect.” When I was researching my book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself, I became convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that a combination of positive belief and the nurturing care of the right healer can activate the body’s natural self-repair mechanisms and help the body heal itself.
But was the opposite also true? Do negative beliefs about our health or harsh care from insensitive doctors harm the body?
Turns out they can.
Harmful Beliefs Poison Your Body
As reported in an article in The Lancet, researchers in San Diego examined the death records of almost 30,000 Chinese-Americans and compared them to over 400,000 randomly selected white people. What they found was that Chinese-Americans, but not whites, die significantly earlier than normal (by as much as 5 years) if they have a combination of disease and birth year which Chinese astrology and Chinese medicine consider ill-fated.
The researchers found that the more strongly the Chinese-Americans attached to traditional Chinese superstitions, the earlier they died. When they examined the data, they concluded that the reduction in life expectancy could not be explained by genetic factors, the lifestyle choices or behavior of the patients, the skill of the doctors, or any other variable.
Think of what scares you the most, what holds you back, what sabotages you - again and again and again, that thing that keeps you from fully living and expressing the incredibly vital life force of who you are?
Are you limited by fears of:
Losing all your money?
Large groups of people?
Being debilitated by a chronic illness?
Losing someone you love?
Not feeling worthy?
Not believing you can heal yourself?
Imagine if you could snap your fingers - or in the case of what I’m about to share with you, tap your eyebrows - and your limiting beliefs would magically disappear?
That’s exactly what my friend and fellow Hay House author Nick Ortner teaches in his new book The Tapping Solution about “Emotional Freedom Technique,” also known as EFT or “tapping.”