Placebo Power

Philippians 4:8-9 tells us to think positive thoughts
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  • Definition: a substance with no therapeutic effect.
  • Fact: Placebos affect our thoughts and our thoughts affect our health.
For example: 
  • The Good: People taking 4 placebos a day recovered from ulcers more quickly than those taking 2 placebos a day. 
  • The Bad: People taking placebos with imaginary side effects, exhibited those side effects. 
The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported that placebos change feelings as well as biochemistry because positive thoughts release healing hormones and neurotransmitters. 

On the flip side, stressed or pessimistic patients heal more slowly.

When I read these facts, I thought of Philippians 4:8-9: "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things... And the God of peace will be with you." 

Our thinking affects our body, soul and spirit. 

Spending time in thanksgiving and praise each day and developing positive thought patterns make our lives healthier. Let's do it!

Source: The Power of the Placebo by Kim Tranell, Oprah Magazine, June 2013, page 102 
(I read this while waiting in the doctor's office. Who would have thought God would use an Oprah Magazine for one of my devotions : ) and I have another one from an Oprah article I read that same day.)
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If you want some more encouragement about the power of our thoughts, see these 1-minute devotions from the archives:
A Half-Full Faith
The Power of Negative Self-Talk
Tell Yourself the Truth


  1. Yes, we need to take every thought captive, as Paul recommended in 2 Corinthians 10:5. Our outlook really does affect our innerds!

  2. Hi Gail! I guess it's true that good thoughts precede good deeds. It's so easy to fall into worry for the future and regret for the past. Best to think about what is going right! I love St. Paul, he always has a tidbit of practical advice, doesn't he?

    Happy Thursday!

  3. What a great reminder that if we choose to think on good things and give thanks it might actually snowball into more thanksgiving and peace and joy.


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