AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: You are the Placebo: Making your mind Matter by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Publication Date:
 April 15, 2020
Publisher: Encephalon
Format: Audio 
Narrator: Adam Boyce
Length:  12 hours 6 minutes
Genre: Spiritual healing, psychology
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Is it possible to heal by thought alone—without drugs or surgery?

The truth is that it happens more often than you might expect. In You Are the Placebo, Dr. Joe Dispenza shares numerous documented cases of those who reversed cancer, heart disease, depression, crippling arthritis, and even the tremors of Parkinson’s disease by believing in a placebo. Similarly, Dr. Joe tells of how others have gotten sick and even died the victims of a hex or voodoo curse—or after being misdiagnosed with a fatal illness. Belief can be so strong that pharmaceutical companies use double- and triple-blind randomized studies to try to exclude the power of the mind over the body when evaluating new drugs.

Dr. Joe does more than simply explore the history and the physiology of the placebo effect. He asks the question: “Is it possible to teach the principles of the placebo, and without relying on any external substance, produce the same internal changes in a person’s health and ultimately in his or her life?” Then he shares scientific evidence (including color brain scans) of amazing healings from his workshops, in which participants learn his model of personal transformation, based on practical applications of the so-called placebo effect. The book ends with a “how-to” meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that hold us back—the first step in healing.

You Are the Placebo combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to demystify the workings of the placebo effect . . . and show how the seemingly impossible can become possible.


Fascinating, unfortunately with listening to it you lose the ability to see the diagrams and photos that are included in the book.  Our minds are so much more powerful than we believe. This book leads you into an area of study that is just now starting to be explored with more interest, the placebo effect.  If we believe something will cure us, it can even if it is just a sugar pill.  So many blind studies use a placebo group (one given sugar pills or a "fake" cure, many of these people don't show any change but a handful do - the question is why.  It turns out that if they truly believe that they are getting the "real" medication their minds can cure their bodies. When broken down it is the believe that their body is healing that is the key.  These people truly believed that the medicine was helping them, and it did.  

One of the key principles of this is visualizing yourself as healthy, how that feels, how your body moves differently etc...its letting go of the identity of your illness and focusing instead on being well. There is still so much more research to be done in this field but its an amazing and interesting read. Meditation has been shown to lower stress, blood pressure and cholesterol so why can't it be used to help treat more serious things? I may actually have to buy a copy of this book so that I can see the photos and the results of many of the studies.  Its a type of faith healing that medicine is finally starting to understand how it works. 

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