Believe in Yourself

The Power of Belief

Check out this video where it has been discovered that what you believe about stress can be the the difference between life and death. Again, more and more evidence that what you believe is important and that our bodies respond to our positive (and negative) attitudes.

Derek Howden talking about the Placebo Effect

My latest Thoughts on Placebos

I was recently asked to talk at the Ragged Talks and you can see the video here and it has got me thinking more about engaging with my ideas. I was encouraged by the way the talk went and was received and when a lovely lady who had ME for 25 years said to me “I […]

Ragged Talks on the Placebo Effect

My Talk at the Ragged Event

I was really pleased to be asked to talk at the Ragged Talks here in Edinburgh and it was a great evening where we shared some food and met some great people. First of all there was an interesting talk by Bob Redwater and his life experience as a poacher. Then we took a break […]


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The Promise

The shell on the handle glinted Made by mother with pearls Like sea that shimmers and sparkles As she brushes her hair that curls Writer with thought and clout The scents and smells of books Watering sweet gardenias Mingling with wafts and looks By night she opens the window and brushes her hair to a […]

James Vietch Howden

Operation Tell the Wife

I really got caught unaware by the Snowden saga and all of a sudden was remembering memories of my dad who worked for GCHQ in Hong Kong and for eight years worked up to the hand over. It brought back memories that I didn’t want and they all came flooding in. Whatever he hinted at in regards […]

Placebo Effect being used in hospitals

When I say the Placebo Effect it probably really isn’t widely thought of as that but the research that inspired Kiss it Better is a result of what the research into the Placebo Effect has taught us about the benefits of a good positive experience is in getting better. Check out the Pet therapy for patients […]