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You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter by Joe Dispenza Review

Title: You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter

Author: Joe Dispenza

First published March 18, 2014

392 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781401944582 (ISBN10: 1401944582)

Rating: 4.29


Have you ever wondered about the power of your mind over your body? In the book “You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter”, Joe Dispenza shares incredible stories of individuals who overcame cancer, depression, arthritis, heart disease, and even Parkinson’s disease by simply believing in a placebo.

Shockingly, some have fallen ill and even died under the influence of a hex or voodoo curse or by being misdiagnosed with a fatal illness, proving the true power of belief. Dr. Joe explores the history and physiology of the placebo effect and poses an intriguing question- can we teach the principles of the placebo and produce the same internal changes in our health and life without relying on external substances?

The book details scientific evidence, including color brain scans, of miraculous healings from his workshops, where he teaches his model of personal transformation based on practical applications of the placebo effect. The book concludes with a “how-to” meditation for changing beliefs and perceptions that can hold us back from healing.

“You Are the Placebo” combines the latest research in neuroscience, biology, psychology, hypnosis, behavioral conditioning, and quantum physics to unravel the mystery behind the placebo effect and shows us how to make the impossible a reality.

About the Author

Meet Dr. Joe Dispenza, a renowned international lecturer, researcher, author, and consultant who has traveled to over 33 countries across six continents to speak about the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities present in every one of us. Dr. Joe is passionate about educating people on how to rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to create lasting change.

In addition to offering online courses and teleclasses, Dr. Joe personally teaches three-day Progressive Workshops, five-day Advanced Workshops, and seven-day Week Long Advanced Retreats both in the US and abroad. In 2018, he began offering week-long workshops, and the content of the progressive workshops became available online.

Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He is also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia.

As a researcher, Dr. Joe is passionate about exploring the science behind spontaneous remissions by combining findings from neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics. He uses this knowledge to help people heal themselves of chronic conditions, illnesses, and terminal diseases so they can live a more fulfilling life and evolve their consciousness.

Dr. Joe has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor.

As a corporate consultant, Dr. Joe provides on-site lectures and workshops for businesses and corporations interested in utilizing neuroscientific principles to boost creativity, innovation, productivity, and more. He also offers private coaching for upper management.

Dr. Joe has trained and certified a group of over 70 corporate trainers who teach his transformational model to companies around the world. He also certifies independent coaches to use his model of change with their clients.

Dr. Joe received his B.S. from Evergreen State College and his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University, where he graduated with honors. His postgraduate training covered neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, and aging and longevity.

For more information on Dr. Joe Dispenza, visit his website.

Editoral Review

Joe Dispenza’s book “You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter” is a fascinating exploration of the power of the human mind to heal and transform. Dispenza is a chiropractor, author, and international speaker who has spent decades studying the connection between the mind and body.

The book is written in a clear, accessible style, making it easy for readers to understand the concepts and techniques that Dispenza presents. He uses a combination of scientific research, personal anecdotes, and practical exercises to guide readers through the process of harnessing the power of their own minds.

The book begins with a discussion of the placebo effect, which Dispenza describes as the ability of the mind to heal the body without any external intervention. He then goes on to explore how our thoughts and beliefs can shape our physical reality, and how we can use this knowledge to create positive change in our lives.

Throughout the book, Dispenza emphasizes the importance of meditation and visualization as tools for transforming our minds and bodies. He provides detailed instructions for various meditation and visualization exercises, and encourages readers to practice these techniques regularly in order to see results.

One of the strengths of “You Are the Placebo” is the way that Dispenza combines scientific research with personal stories and practical exercises. This makes the book both informative and engaging, and allows readers to see how the concepts he presents can be applied in their own lives.

However, there are some limitations to the book. Dispenza’s writing can sometimes be repetitive, and some readers may find his style a bit too New Age-y for their taste.

Additionally, while he provides a lot of information about the science behind the placebo effect and the mind-body connection, some readers may wish for more concrete evidence to support his claims.

Overall, “You Are the Placebo” is a thought-provoking and inspiring book that will appeal to anyone interested in the power of the mind to heal and transform. While it may not be for everyone, those who are open to its ideas will find it a valuable resource.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. While the book has some flaws, its strengths make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the mind-body connection.