Archives for placebo effect

I’m Overeating Because

What causes overeating? Is it caused by nutritional and biochemical deficiencies in the body? Or by some kind of malfunction in the brain? Is it a problem that’s entirely physical, where people's thoughts – beliefs and attitudes – wouldn’t have any impact at all?
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Addiction In Sight

There was a programme on BBC Radio 4 a while ago called Constant Craving. It attempted to answer the controversial question of whether food addiction exists, and it reminded me of that fable about four blind men who discover an elephant. Each of them grabs hold of a different part, and gives his description of the animal.  
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Keep it in mind

It can be so helpful to know that something you feel in your body isn’t necessarily caused by anything physical; it could be caused by your mind. Addiction is almost always explained entirely in terms of physical effects. It is true that the things we become addicted to, including sugar, all have the potential to become addictions because of the effect they have on our biochemistry, and especially that of our brains.
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Q&A: Willpower – fact or fiction?

I had such an interesting discussion about willpower with a friend last week. She started out saying it’s well known and scientifically proven that willpower does not exist and later on argued that it’s equally well known and scientifically proven that willpower is limited, that it runs out very quickly, so you can only use it a few times and then it’s worn out. In your books (I’ve read them all, including the one called “Willpower”) you seem to take it for granted, so I’m curious about what you might have to say.
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Q&A: Vitamins and minerals

To my knowledge I don't think you have written your thoughts about taking vitamins. I would be really grateful if you could write on this subject; the reason I ask is because of the negative press there has been about vitamins causing cancer. I have tried to do some online searching myself, and I think the research that has been done on links between vitamins and cancer is scary.
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