How the Placebo and Nocebo Effects Influence Our Children with Dyslexia


Henry Ford was fond of saying, “Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re absolutely right.”

He was correct, and his statement applies to our children with dyslexia. If they believe they can overcome it, they will. If they have serious doubts they can, they will have trouble and may never accomplish it.

This is the classic placebo—nocebo effect.

We’ve all heard about the placebo effect—how a simple sugar pill or other non-medicinal remedy can help illness. The healing comes from our positive thoughts, and a worsening of our illnesses, a nocebo, can also occur through negative thinking.

The same two effects happen with our children with dyslexia in the medical establishment.

The Placebo Effect

In the world of reversing dyslexia, the placebo effect typically applies when it comes to labeling our children. We help create their perceptions of themselves based on the language we use.

The word placebo means, “I shall please.” We know placebos as the false treatment or “sugar pill” given to one group in a research project, while the other group receives the medication being researched. Consistently, about 30% of improvement is due to the placebo effect.

What we find is that people’s thoughts, attitudes, and ways of thinking have profound effects on their healing. It makes sense, doesn’t it? If you believe you will heal, you act as if you’ve already healed. Your beliefs have a direct effect on the result. Positive thoughts equal positive outcomes.

This principle can be applied to everything you and your child do, from reversing dyslexia to job offers to watching what you eat. If you think positive, you’ll be successful.

When it comes to reversing dyslexia or naturally treating learning disabilities, if you believe you can overcome it, you will.

No matter what label someone has tagged you with.

Labels are an important part of the medical and education establishments. We all love our labels. But what are labels, really? A label is one person’s opinion, but it’s not necessarily the patient’s. What he believes will greatly affect the rest of his life. His self-labeling will direct his thinking and actions and determine whether his dyslexia will be reversed.

The Nocebo Effect
While a placebo is a positive, a nocebo is a negative meaning, “I shall harm.” It is the opposite of a placebo in every way. As one-third of people given a placebo heal, one-quarter who receive it have a worsening of symptoms, known as the nocebo effect. Just as positive thoughts can create positive change, negative thoughts can create negative changes. You can guess what this means for our children with dyslexia.

In the medical world, a diagnosis can cause the nocebo effect. Someone diagnosed with heart disease who doesn’t have a positive outlook on life will be more likely to die within a year or two of that heart disease. On the other hand, someone who decides to eat right and exercise to prevent heart disease from worsening is likely to live much longer.

The same applies to a child diagnosed with dyslexia. The nocebo effect is a belief that dyslexia is forever and unable to change. When someone in the medical establishment delivers the label of dyslexia, in the same breath, she may try to keep the patient or parents from seeking outside help by calling anyone who doesn’t toe the party line a “quack”.

You’re expected to follow the same path everyone else takes, no matter what may work better for you. Don’t let these “experts” decide your fate or your child’s. Question everything. Get second opinions from outside the medical establishment. Don’t let your child fall victim to the nocebo effect.

Our thoughts really do create our reality. Most of the time, our thoughts are random. Negative thoughts can easily take over one’s mind and create negative outcomes.

Books Neural Therapy is one way of treating dyslexia naturally, with no drugs and no nocebo effect. If you’d like to learn more, contact me today for a consultation or


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