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The Key to a Longer, Stronger, Happier Life

A placebo is something that looks like a legitimate drug but is really nothing more than colored water or a starch pill containing no medicinal value at all. These placebos are often given to a patient to reinforce an expectation that their condition will improve. Placebos are also used when testing the effectiveness of new drugs. Research has clearly shown that when patients take a substance that they sincerely believe will heal them, their symptoms often improve or completely disappear.

In fact, in one study doctors successfully eliminated warts by painting them with a brightly colored but inert dye, promising patients the warts would be gone when the color wore off. And in a study of asthmatics, researchers found they could produce dilation of the airways by simply telling people they were inhaling a powerful bronchodilator, even when they weren't. There are thousands of other well-documented examples of how a person's beliefs brought about real physical improvement.

The Faith Factor

This phenomenon might help explain why Jesus frequently said to those He healed, "Your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction" (Mark 5:34 NKJV). Indeed, if a person's faith in doctors and drugs can have such a profound influence on our health, how much more powerful would faith in God be on our physical and spiritual well being?

Jesus said, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes" (Mark 9:23 NKJV). The phenomenal thing about these "faith factor" studies is that when the patients and physicians both believed the patient would get better, healing occurred more frequently. According to one study, "Patients suffering pain after wisdom tooth extraction got just as much relief from a fake application of ultrasound as from a real one, so long as both patient and therapist thought the machine was on:' Perhaps this is related to the truth that collective prayer for an individual's healing has demonstrated real results.

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Source: "Amazing Health Magazine - 8 Bible Secrets for a Longer and Stonger Life!."
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