Where do beliefs come from? What do you truly believe? Some examples of true beliefs are, it will be daylight at some time every day, water is wet, fire is hot, there is less natural light at night (11:59 pm) than in the day (1:00 pm), ice is cold, etc. and even though these are common beliefs, they still are perceptions, and not absolutes.
Other common beliefs: I need the medical to be healthy, I need a certain prescription drug, I need the flu shot every year, there is no cure for diabetes, cholesterol is bad for me, 150 lbs of sugar per year is just fine for me, the FDA has my best interest in their thoughts. If you truly believe in this listing of "things", they will, each one, have a placebo effect on you. And, if you believe the opposite of each of these, that will also represent a placebo effect for you.
Both beliefs are right, if you truly believe. If you believe that, as an example cholesterol is bad for you, that you need a flu shot every year, etc. are you more empowered than if you believe that you have control of, in this instance your health? The question of this article. My choice is obvious because I know what empowers me. Bob Brown