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James van der Walt

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Does religion cause the placebo effect?

I'm not an atheist. I choose not to be. I have a believe system that guides me and gives me strength. Is the strength real or part of the divine? Who knows. I can however say that it's made an impact on my life purely because I believe in it. Does my conviction give me power? I believe it does.

The placebo effect is well documented and researched. It is very real even though it's only in your head. I wish to propose that it is belief that makes the benefits real. A woman believes that God will cure her so she has a higher change of getting better just because she believes it will.

Blind believe is one of the things that separate us from most animals. We can believe something without proof and let it guide our entire life. We should use this human quality to our advantage. Made that's the power behind positive thinking too?


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    Mar 27 2013: Does atheism cause the negative-placebo effect?

    There was at least one study that showed trusting you doctor instead of managing your doctor’s care, showed to have quicker recovery time. I believe the study suggested that was not an increase in stress, but instead the decrease in positive thoughts that made the difference.
    So does the lack of trust in a higher being cause reduced positive thinking, via spending mental time/energy trying control your outcome in life.
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      Mar 27 2013: Please post study.

      As I would argue irreligious thinking actives similar brain chemistry that a religious person would achieve in their belief-based thoughts.

      IF ANYTHING the practice of philosophy, in general, will lower your positive thinking and be more pragmatic with projected outcomes and current situations. Religion itself says nothing about how much positive thinking an individual will endure, there are a lot of Jewish theologians who are just dark people.

      Please post study.

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