Psychological Side Effects: Placebo/Expectancy Effects
Posted 07 November 2008 - 02:33 PM
You’re mind is a powerful thing and your emotional state and beliefs about health and illness, come into play determining which sides your will actually experience. The same is true with the “placebo effect”. Why is it Double-blind controlled studies show tests where 10 individuals were tested 5 given alcoholic beverages and 5 given nonalcoholic beverages (the twist was the people drinking alcohol were told be testers they weren’t drinking alcohol and vise versa). At the end of the night after all 10 consumed many drinks some who were drinking nonalcoholic drinks felt too drunk to drive home, and some who were drinking alcohol told testers they felt sober as a nun? This is the same case where people are told they are taking Dramamine (actually sugar pills) do not get seasick. With a little time spent searching you can find hundreds of studies like this. The effect results from the user’s fear of the PH/DS’s side effects, not from the PH/DS itself. Now the big question now is, “Ok I can see how feeling lethargic/depressed/having elevated blood pressure/ having headaches could be brought on by the mind, BUT how in the hell can the mind bring on gynocomastia??? Well the answer is pretty simple actually. If you are familiar with the self fulfilling prophecy, this is the exact cause of it. The user starts to worry about gyno, begins feeling nipples everyday to make sure they aren’t puffy/itchy (this stimulates the production of prolactin, which could in turn lead to prolactin induced gyno. This is the exact definition of the self fulfilling prophecy.
With all this said I am not saying that you should not use support supplements such as Cycle Support. Of course not all side effects from PH/DS can be controlled psychologically and there is a definite need for these products (which end up helping both BODY and MIND!)
So what can you do to combat these issues? Simple, first wait until you are ready, turning 21 doesn’t magically qualify you. Next, research your cycle, get all the necessary information, decide if you want to take the risk. IF you decide to run the cycle, buy support supplements (this is the only way to make sure you have all your bases for safety covered). Finally when you are on cycle be responsible, have fun and don’t spend the next 4-8 weeks worrying!
All of this is just my personal opinion so you can agree or not, BUT, there is no denying that the Placebo Effect and Expectancy Effects are proven.
Posted 07 November 2008 - 06:25 PM
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 07:01 PM
I was VERY skeptical going into my havoc cycle. VERY skeptical.
And it out performed my every expectation.
I had more expectations from some of the NO i had tried.
Well of course this doesn't apply in every situation. Example: the study I talked about in the article about drinking, eventually the people who thought they weren't drinking but where (who felt sober) would be falling off their chairs. The fact that they thought they weren't drinking won't counteract the effects the alcohol will have on their body in the end.
Happy to hear you had a good cycle though.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:42 AM
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