Not long ago I read an article about how the placebo effect is now being called “remembered wellness.” Remembered wellness is also called “the relaxation response.” Does that mean the placebo effect is the same as the relaxation response? As has so often happened in the field of integrative healing, terms change through the years. But this is an interesting thought: If the placebo effect is the same as the relaxation response, then it is imperative that we learn to relax in order to heal. Now on another but related note: I have been down with an upper respiratory infection (okay, it’s a “bad cold”) for about 10 days now. A couple of days ago I was whining and trying to remember what it felt like to be well. So I decided to intentionally remember, with all my 5 senses what it felt like to be well. Could this be an new tool to heal from illness? Well I wish I could tell you yes, for sure, but I can’t. I need to do some more exploration of this topic. But like I say about positive thinking in general, it can’t hurt.