THE EXTREME MIND-BODY CONNECTION – PART I: How to Change Your Life, by Changing Your Mind (The Neuroscience of How Thinking Makes It So)

What follows in this three-part-post is a collection of examples, the implications of which not only open new doors for achieving potential, but completely negate the concept of Cartesian Dualism once and for all. Some of these stories might seem bizarre, others, down right impossible. But I’ve done the research and you can check it out too. The data is real.

What you choose to do with this knowledge is up to you. At the very least, my intention with these posts is to get you thinking of the possibilities…  What if you could:

– Increase physical strength without moving a muscle!?

– Improve your athletic performance using only your mind?

– Dramatically reduce pain without a single pain killer?

– Speed up healing and recovery by virtue of what you think?

– Eliminate depression, fear, anxiety, or even seasonal allergies! – no drugs, just results?

That’s just for starters. My research into these various fields has been extensive with experience to match. Right now, let’s dive into this first mind-bending example of how ALL this is possible; starting with the subject that first peaked my mind/body curiosity, the much debated Placebo Effect:

   Harnessing the Power of the Mind and Body

This excerpt from Scientific America, February/March, 2009 edition.  – “In 2007 neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti of the University of Turin Medical School in Italy and his colleagues reported simulating a sports competition in which four teams of 10 young males competed with one another in a test of pain endurance. During the training, two of the teams were given morphine injections once a week for two weeks. Then, a week later, just before the pain tolerance test, members of one morphine-exposed team were injected with saline they thought was morphine. Indeed, that combination produced the greatest pain tolerance as compared with no injection, an injection of saline without previous exposure to morphine or a shot of an opioid-blocking drug. These results show that only two shots of morphine, separated in time by as long as a week, are enough to induce a strong and long-lasting placebo response, which could significantly boost pain tolerance in an athlete on the day of a competition.”

As the article goes on to note, this poses new complications in the drug screening process for athletes and begs the question: What really constitutes cheating?

Stay tuned for my next post when I explore The Power of Imagination and discuss, what is surely, one of the most shocking and impressive studies ever conceived; an experiment, the participants of which showed a 22% muscle-strength increase over a four week period using NOTHING BUT VISUALIZATION! – Something to think about next time you’re struggling under the squat-machine.


  1. D. says:

    Good article, Ben. You pointed to the real question…..What constitutes cheating? Disturbing stuff.

  2. The Riz says:

    Good post. I am a notorious cheater, but only because other people allow it to happen.

    1. Ben says:

      It’s in our nature, and our physiology, to be opportunistic…

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