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You Are the Placebo

Making Your Mind Matter
Written by: Dr. Joe Dispenza
Narrated by: Adam Boyce
Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
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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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-20

Terrible Choice for Audio

Recommend reading print version for all the referenced figures. 90% of the book is about the "why" and examples, and the last 10% is about the "how", but just references "figures" for meditation guides which are of no use when listening to the book.

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  • Brian Sachetta
  • 2020-06-29

Very good, though very similar to his past works

I think I’d start by saying that if you’re new to Dispenza’s work, you’ll more than likely enjoy this one. It’s chock-full of wisdom, insights, and studies explaining how so much of what happens in our lives is a result of our thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. As the title explains, we are the placebo; we can use our minds to transform our lives. However, if you’ve read any of his previous works, such as “Evolve Your Brain” or “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,” then you’ll likely find that there’s not all that much new content here. If you’re a die-hard fan of Dispenza’s, then this will be nothing to worry about, but if you’re just a “regular” fan, you might find this one to be frustratingly “too much of the same old thing.” As a stand-alone book, this is a very good title in its own right. However, I just have to knock a star off for the lack of originality when compared to its predecessors. There’s all the normal Dispenza-style content here, so whether you end up enjoying this one will likely depend on if you think that’s a good or bad thing. I’d recommend, but only if you haven’t already read “Evolve Your Brain” and “Breaking the Habit.” -Brian Sachetta Author of “Get Out of Your Head”

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  • Tara Daves
  • 2020-09-17

A little woo-woo for my taste

The placebo effect exists and it's real. I have no doubt that some things happen without a physical cause, and I believe that the substance we call "life" is more than atoms and molecules bumping into one another. Yet in this book are a few scientifically-disproved theories being dispensed as fact, and many of the anecdotes sound pretty sketchy. Having said that, as one who has difficulty meditating - heck, I even have difficulty sleeping - because my thinking brain and its stress 100% runs the show, I do look forward to giving the 3-week suggested meditation practice a try. I've wasted more time doing less valuable things. Possibly my most important take-away is the need for persistence and patience. I love the example of the stallion turning toward the mares and being repeatedly, gently yet firmly, redirected ahead.

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  • L Cox
  • 2020-08-19

Best read, not listened to

This is an excellent and informative book. There are graphs and figures which do not translate well to audio, as well as some important meditations in the end, which do not come across in the audio version.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-08-06

You Should Read This

I believe more people are going to understand life much more clearly after investing time and thought into this rare read. “Know Thyself.”

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  • Alex Morse
  • 2020-06-10

Starts strong, devolves in to BS

Some good ideas, meditation, self inducing placebo state. These things are possible and potentially good. But most of the book is junk science and the author trying to sell you on his programs.

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  • Lawrence
  • 2020-10-22

Your brain is better than medicine or surgery

Dr. Joe Dispenza teaches you to turn on your latent brain power to accelerate change in health and outcomes in life.

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  • Roger F Reynolds
  • 2020-10-12

great book on how to use your mind

I loved how Dr Dispenza walked you through his story then explained how you can create your own future using your mind as a guide

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  • Keith Wilhelm
  • 2020-10-08

Excellent book and PDF about meditation and how our mind body connections can be worked with to change deep seated beliefs.

Dr. Joe Dispenza’s You are the Placebo, is the first book I’ve read that explains how our thoughts create our body and reality. I love how he backed up everything with research and stories. If you meditate or are thinking about starting this s a must read.

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  • Pamela Rae
  • 2020-09-27

Inspiring

I really enjoyed from chapter 9, where instruction and direction to change began. I’m looking forward to trying the meditations!