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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc. (April 29 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401944582
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401944582
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Are the Placebo is the instruction manual for how to produce miracles in your body, with your health, and in your life. It's simply magnificent. This may be the only prescription you'll ever require. -- Christiane Northrup MD New York Times bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause Your mind is so incredibly important to the success or failure of virtually everything you do, from relationships, school, work and finances to overall happiness. You Are the Placebo is a powerful exploration of your most important resource and offers many practical tools to optimize your mind to enhance your overall success. I love Dr Dispenza's way of communicating complex ideas in a way all of us can understand and benefit from. -- Daniel G. Amen MD founder of Amen Clinics and New York Times bestselling author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and Magnificent Mind at Any Age From my experience with patients with life-threatening illnesses, I have learned the truth as shared in You Are the Placebo. The body experiences what the mind believes. I have learned how to deceive people into health for their benefit. Doctors can kill or cure with 'wordswordswords' when they become 'swordswordswords.' We all have the potential for self-induced healing built into us. The key is to know how to achieve your potential. Read and learn. -- Bernie Siegel MD author of A Book of Miracles and The Art of Healing Dr Joe Dispenza weaves scientific studies together to come up with a true revolutionary approach to using our minds to heal our bodies. I was spellbound. Bravo! -- Mona Lisa Schulz MD PhD author of The Intuitive Advisor and All Is Well The placebo effect - our response to the belief that we've received a catalyst for healing - has long been studied in medicine as a curious phenomenon. In his paradigm-altering book You Are the Placebo, Dr Joe Dispenza catapults us beyond thinking of the effect as an anomaly. Through 12 concise chapters that read like a true-life scientific thriller, Dispenza gives us rock-solid reasons to accept the game-changer of our lives: that the placebo effect is actually us, proving to ourselves the greatest possibilities of healing, miracles and longevity! I love this book and look forward to a world where the secret of the placebo is the foundation of everyday life. -- Gregg Braden New York Times bestselling author of Deep Truth and The Divine Matrix Dr Joe Dispenza is a master teacher who has the ability to explain science at a very simple level so that everyone understands. -- don Miguel Ruiz MD author of The Four Agreements You Are the Placebo is a must-read for anyone who wants to experience optimal health in mind, body and spirit. Dr Joe Dispenza dispels the myth that our health is out of our control and restores to us our power and right to expect wonderful health and wellbeing throughout our lives by showing us the way to create it. To read this book is to subscribe to the absolute best health insurance available in the world. -- Sonia Choquette six-sensory consultant and New York Times bestselling author of The Answer Is Simple If you're looking for a practical explanation to the benefits of meditation, look no further. Soul & Spirit --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joe Dispenza, D.C., author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain, has a passion for teaching others how to use the latest discoveries from neuroscience and quantum physics to reprogram their brains, heal illness, and lead more fulfilled lives. One of the experts featured in the film What the BLEEP Do We Know!?, Dr. Joe teaches workshops and lectures all over the world. He's also designed a corporate program that brings his model of transformation to businesses.

Dr. Joe is a faculty member at the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine in Honolulu and an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, where he earned his doctor of chiropractic degree. His postgraduate training covered neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, and aging and longevity. He runs an integrated health and chiropractic clinic near Olympia, Washington.

Website: www.drjoedispenza.com

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The author has an engaging writing style, making this book rather easy to read.

The premise is that the Placebo works, often better than the medicine.

When a medicine is being studied, a portion of those in the study are given the actual product to be tested, while others are given a dud product containing no active ingredients. Neither group is told whether which group they fall into. And often studies are double blind, meaning the tester also does not know whether any given patient has the drug in question or the placebo, so they cannot influence the end results by encouraging those with the medicine while not encouraging those with the placebo.

The belief that something will work, or conversely that it will not work, has more of an effect on improvement/worsening of a condition than the actual product within the trial. This is shown again and again, over the course of numerous examples and medical studies within the book.
In one case, a patient is given a placebo and told that it is very promising medicine for their condition, and that patient improves drastically over a short period of time, and then the doctor let them know that they had been accidentally given a place within the study for a different drug designed for a condition that they did not have, and that the drug in question would do nothing for their condition -- which promptly removed the positive results.
In another case, a patient who believed in the occult actually died from being cursed, despite there not being anything wrong with them from a health/medical point of view.
Through numerous examples, it is shown that belief is the most important factor.

The book then shows how the brain looks (via scans) when it believes the placebo (or drug) is going to help.
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This book may represent a major breakthrough in the life of humanity. On the other hand, it may be a lot of new-age blather. The jury's out. However, it is well-written and readable, relates a healing method to modern science in an understandable way, and offers clear, understandable directions on how to make yourself over, healing your physical illnesses in the process. I found it a challenging read, because it asks the reader to question many preconceptions and biases. I also found it a hopeful read, and my tentative efforts to follow the instructions seem to be having positive results, although it's early days yet. Using the book to remake your life requires a willingness to commit some time, effort and self-discipline over the long haul. Most of the people whose successful cures he relates were working with his system for two to three years before any major healing took place. To heal or change a number of things would take several years. But you'll be putting in those years anyhow, and if there's a chance you'll be well at the end of them, it just may be worth the investment.
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I'm a staunch follower of Dr. Joe. I have a scientific background and always need to know why. So when Dr. Joe Dispenza came into my life a couple of years ago, it changed my approach to meditation. I've attended his workshops and read all his books. Some people don't need all the scientific proof and reap the multiple benefits of meditation. I'm sure they would gain even more from their practice by reading this book. Dr. Joe shows exactly what's happening when you meditate, in easy English terms. You don't need a scientific dictionary beside you! His goal has been to produce scientific proof of why meditation works, what it does, and show us that "miracles" are normal and available to everyone. Our genetics aren't necessarily our destiny as epigenetics and neuroplasticity, the "new" sciences are revealing.

There are several foldout pages of actual scans and recordings from previous workshop subjects which are interesting and revealing. I did see many of these in a previous workshop in Vancouver and found them amazing. There is nothing we can't achieve if we believe and persevere in a daily meditation practice. The meditations must be done with purpose and Dr. Joe Dispenza is a scientist and mentor who will show you how to create miracles in your own life.
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I found this book on Aubrey Marcus' list of book recommendations. When I found out that it was written by someone featured in my favourite documentary: "What The Bleep Do We Know" I ordered it right away.

The book started really strongly. It dove into the science of the biological placebo effect with examples. The book also brought up quantum mechanics in a seemingly unrelated, but interesting chapters.
The middle of the book was filled with really long and unnecessary examples that really slowed things down.

The second part of the book promised the tangible and actionable techniques which really fell short. It seemed rushed and was essentially just a few words during a guided meditation. You can BUY his recording, or record yourself reciting it (no thanks).

Interesting book with interesting concepts, but a little long winded and 'out there'... even for me.
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In Dr. Dispenza’s newest book, "You are the Placebo" we are provided with the life-affirming knowledge that our thoughts and expectations can transform our lives by helping us overcome illness, disease, and numerous other afflictions that limit our ability to enjoy life to the fullest.

I do not read medical journals, so I can’t make this statement with certainty; however, I would suggest that this book is likely one of the most up-to-date and exhaustive works on the Placebo Effect available today. Furthermore, for those that do not enjoy overly technical books, I would say that in spite of the fact that the nature of this book requires medical and scientific terminology to be used, this is still a very readable book.

In my own words, in very simple terms, I see the essence of the placebo effect as: mind over matter. Our minds have the power to overcome disease, depression and a vast number of negative situations that manifest in our body. Our thoughts, combined with expectation, can remedy heart disease & cancer, reduce pain, and even simulate the benefits of an actual operation. Perhaps it sounds too good to be true; however, the placebo effect has been rigorously studied throughout history and continues to fascinate/confound scientists to this day.

In order to better acquaint the reader with the workings of the Placebo Effect, Dr. Dispenza uses the first part of the book to recount numerous scientific studies that illustrate how our minds can physically change our bodies, simply through what we think and what we expect.
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