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The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind

When Parkinson’s Disease (PD) patients were given a placebo that they believed was the same drug that had previously controlled their PD symptoms, they got that same symptom relief from the placebo. What happened was that their powerful beliefs actually catalyzed dopamine synthesis in their brains. In states of perfect health, our brains synthesize all the drugs we need and they do it in exactly the right formulas, dosages, and schedules of administration. This is known as the endogenous pharmacy.

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The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer

Dr. Berkelhammer is a retired mind-body medicine psychologist. He writes about mindfulness-based practices with a unique emphasis on optimization of wellbeing and health. Dr. Berkelhammer also lectures at San Francisco State University and UC San Francisco, and is currently teaching a class in Marin County through College of Marin. He is the author of the book "In Your Own Hands; New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions".

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Berkelhammer, D. (2016). The Endogenous Pharmacy and the Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 16, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/own-hands/2016/01/the-endogenous-pharmacy-and-the-mind/


Last updated: 12 Jan 2016
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Jan 2016
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