Expectations of Food, Excercise and Beneficial Effects

Dean Radin discusses his recent double-blind study of serving tea “treated” with good intentions. Radin:

The bottom line is that if you believe/expect that you are consuming a specially treated substance, that belief alone will strongly influence your mood. But if the substance is also intentionally “treated,” then it will influence you even more. And vice versa — if you don’t believe, you’re less likely to see any effect.

This study has a couple of interesting points. First, eating food “treated” with good intentions has a measurable effect, at least on mood, and possibly other benefits. Second, one’s expectation has the ability to either suppress or magnify the effect. The group with the largest improvement in mood was the group who both believed they were drinking the treated tea and who actually were drinking the treated tea. They showed a highly statistically significant (up to 700%) improvement in mood over the other groups.

This reminds me of a study of 84 hotel room keepers, whose health improved after they were educated about how much excercise they get in their current jobs. They didn’t change their routine, they merely changed their belief about their routine.

Where can I buy food that has been treated with good intentions? For now, it’s time to start treating my own food!

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