That the placebo effect is a real phenomenon is, for sure, established by now: our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and expectations result in positive effects when a positive expectation is present (and negative effects when a negative expectation is there).

In other words, the placebo effect is nothing but Law of Attraction in action. So why not just learn to "handle" the Law of Attraction, instead of messing around with psychedelics? Or, if Law of Attraction is perceived as not being "scientific" enough, why not just use CBT and other psychological techniques instead to handle depression and anxiety, etc? Sure, I understand that there may be commercial interests involved when it comes to psychedelics. But surely the (societal) objective must be to "restore" the patients' health to a state where no medication is needed. Right?

So in my opinion, psychedelics have no power to permanently transform a person's thought patterns and emotions so that a gradual transition from N3 ("depression", "hopelessness") to N1 ("weak negativity") or P1 ("weak positivity") is possible. So other than as a temporary "emergency" medicine, I do not see the value of psychedelics. The real restorative work has to be done by the individual himself anyway (alone, or in collaboration by a qualified CBT practitioner, etc.), in order to facilitate a recovery from negativity to a more postive attitude. For, in my opinion, health is directly proportional to how negative or positive you are. And that is why I teach Law of Attraction.

Chris Bocay



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One paper cited in that article about placebo describes patients having more comfort with a white-coated doctor. However, not all those sitting with a patient/client are MDs. And I'd like to know the age groups of those who felt more comfort with the white coat... Were they older (born pre1950s or pre late 40s) clients who grew up in the era of the "all-knowing" doctor practically revered as a God of medicine? Frankly, if I were to be subjected to a white-coated physician enticing me to take a ritualized psychedelic healing journey.... NO THANK YOU.

That research seems to presuppose that only MDs will ever prepare, sit with, and provide integration for psychedelic patients. But that is disingenuous. For 1000s of years, indigenous healers have guided people on journeys. Definitely not white coated.

As a practicing expressive psychotherapist, I take issue with this medicalized model of care.

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