For those that are not familiar with the placebo effect, here is a definition according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary: “improvement in the condition of a patient that occurs in response to treatment but cannot be considered due to the specific treatment used”. Hence, the patients were told that they were given a treatment or medication, but in actuality did not receive the treatment and/or was given a sugar pill instead of the medication.
EPI and the NOCEBO EFFECT
While most people are familiar with the placebo effect, many are not familiar with the nocebo effect. The nocebo is the opposite of the placebo. As explained in the adjacent video, for the most part, while the placebo has a positive effect, the nocebo has a negative effect. Put simply, it is the phenomenon in which inert substances or mere suggestions of substances actually bring about negative effects in a patient or research participant.
“I would rather put my beliefs in a positive placebo, than the nocebo effect of social engineering, that causes suffering, illness, and even death.” – IamEPI.com
WHY THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
The National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine archives’ article from Deutsches Ärzteblatt International in a correspondence written by Klippel (2010) disclosed, “The assumption is that the numerous signal substances that are produced naturally in the body, which are epigenetically influenced by the conscious mind as well as by emotions, may exert a substantial influence on the physiology of the healing process.” In the previous quote, please note the words “epigenetically influenced”. The placebo effect and epigenetics can both be looked at as changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions.
E=mc2 = ENERGY INFORMATION = MASS = YOU AND I = EPIGENETICS
The Encyclopaedia Britannica helps us to understand that E = mc2 is the equation in German-born physicist Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity. This equation expresses the fact that mass and energy are the same physical entity and can be changed into each other. According to Albert Einstein and modern day physics, as the video below explains without exception, everything in our universe is made of energy. Look around! Everything you see, touch, smell, hear, and feel is energy in the form of mass or matter; this applies to you and I as well. Increasingly, science agrees that we are more than the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies; we’re beings of energy information as well. It only makes practical sense that if everything is made of energy, then the chair you may be sitting on and your physical body are made of different types of energy information vibrating at different frequencies.
As theoretical Physicist Dr. Michio Kaku expresses in the adjacent video “We [humans] are a direct product of e=mc2.” The energy information that makes up our universe and bodies includes the energy information we feed our bodies such as food, drugs, media, thoughts, and a host of other environmental and biological considerations, including our positive or negative perceptions that change the physiology of our bodies through those perceptions for better or worse. In other words, E=mc2 = ENERGY INFORMATION = MASS = YOU AND I = EPIGENETICS. Therefore, it is important to awaken to not only the energy information around us, but more importantly the energy information we feed ourselves in mind, body, and spirit.
WHAT IS EPIgenetics?
EPI and the PLACEBO EFFECT
As a result of thinking they received the treatment or medication, those thoughts improved their condition. This is the epigenetic theme of “changing the physiology of your body through your perceptions”.
Award-winning science writer and widely-praised bestselling author Steve Silberman expressed, “It's not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It's as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger. The fact that an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills has thrown the industry into crisis.”
The above statement shows the power of the placebo effect and the positive impact it is having on humans and the pharmaceutical industry. Through the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) archives, we find that an article published by Wolf and Buckwalter (2006) in The Iowa Orthopaedic Journal mentioned that successful placebo effects were found when comparing the results of patients who had knee surgery and those who had sham knee surgery as indicated in the adjacent Dr. Irving Kirsch 60 Minutes video interview on Treating Depression: Is There a Placebo Effect? (2012).
For more information, you may consider looking at (a) the featured CBS video with Dr. Ellen Langer, (b) Harvard University’s scientists who published Mind-set Matters: Exercise and the Placebo Effect (2007)
For some, being informed of a pill or procedure’s potential side effects is enough to bring on real-life side effect symptoms which would be the nocebo effect, which is changing the physiology of your body through negative perceptions, therefore it’s epigenetic.
Regardless if one has years of scientific or medical proof or not of what is presented on this website, or lives what some may think is an unorthodox lifestyle or spiritual path, as long as they believe in themselves and their beliefs in strong, positive, and healthy ways, then according to the placebo effect studies, there is a good chance that they will change the physiology of their bodies in beneficial ways. On the other hand, beware that this also means that the nocebo effect is just as powerful. Therefore, negative perceptions and beliefs can also change the physiology of your body in unhealthy ways that can cause suffering, disease, and death.
WHY THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
EPIGENETICS AND REDUNDANCY
Your first steps as an infant were probably difficult as you tried to learn them, but as you repeatedly watched others walking and tried repeatedly to keep your balance, you began to walk upright. Your repetitive perceptions of what was being taught to you in your environment activated your genetic walking blueprints that were passed on to you during pregnancy, and with repetitive practice.
As explained in the adjacent video, you created neuropathways (circuits of neural pathways in your brain) that created what we refer to as epigenetic subconscious programming on how to walk. That is why most people can walk without consciously thinking about the process. Another example is learning to drive a car. It may be that driving seemed difficult at first -- requiring conscious awareness and focus on the brake and gas pedals, other cars on the road, stoplights, sounds, and signs.
WHY THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
As humans, we naturally create stories through our conscious mind based on our perceptions of life. Much like learning to walk or driving a car, the information, or stories you create, if repeated enough times, eventually become subconscious programming. While this may benefit the learning process, the process of repetitive negative stories in your head can also become subconscious programming to the point of distress. Distress puts the body into, what is referred to as, “fight or flight” mode, which releases biological chemicals such as cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that can expose the body to viruses and diseases, by weakening or even shutting down the immune system. If the immune system is repeatedly being shut down through the redundancy of negative mind stories that keep your body in distress, then it can cause dis-ease or worse. While you may see information reiterated on this website pertaining to various topics, it is not only important to keep in mind that epigenetics plays a major role in all aspects of our lives, but like learning to walk, driving a car or repeating negative mind stories, by reading this recurrent information, in combination with practicing and memorizing it, you are on the way to creating new neuropathways of epi subconscious programming that can be of benefit to your health and well-being.
Yet through repeated perceptions and practice, you eventually created neuropathways that created epi subconscious programming and you learned to not only drive the car, but to be able to have a conversation, change the car radio station, sing along while moving to the music, and make it home safely, while paying very little conscious attention to your driving experience. This is because, just like learning to walk, your ability to drive the car progressed from your conscious mind (learning mind) to your subconscious mind (reactive mind/memorization). Most everything you learn from music, to sports, to mathematics, to foreign languages goes through this process from the conscious mind to the subconscious mind.