A Fat Nocebo by Marshall E. Deutsch
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R. A. Hahn defined it in Preventive Medicine in 1997: “The nocebo hypothesis proposes that expectations of sickness and the affective states associated with such expectations cause sickness in the expectant. The nocebo phenomenon is a little-recognized facet of culture that may be responsible for a substantial variety of pathology throughout the world.” This was recognized by reporter Brian Reid, who wrote, in an article on the nocebo effect, in The Washington Post for April 30, 2002: “Ten years ago, researchers stumbled onto a striking finding: Women who believed that they were prone to heart disease were nearly four times as likely to die as women with similar risk factors who didn’t hold such fatalistic views.” He was referring to data amassed during the massive collection of data on the causes of heart disease in Framingham Massachusetts.
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Interesting, in that I’ve heard or read the phrase: “The Universe supplies what you think about.”
Even used the concept in my book at least twice that I remember.
Chapter 39: “You admired the Hungarian children resistance fighters; you’ve become what you admired. Your thought became your reality.”
Chapter 43: “Did I tell you how self-actualization and consciousness quantum collapse work?”
Maybe it is a “scientific principle”, like the Law of Gravity, but we have not had an “Issac Newton” “discover” it for us?
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