I read an interesting study the other day. A group of normally healthy young people were told that the doctors wanted to see how steroids affected performance. So they were instructed to follow a body building program for six weeks, in order to establish a baseline, and then they would be given a steroid for the next six weeks so the doctors could see how much they improved from using anabolic steroids.
So the study started and the young folks went to the gym. After the six weeks they were then given a placebo (for those of you in Ludiwici a placebo is like a sugar pill, it has no medical effects) BUT they were told that it was an enhancing steroid. And they went back to the gym.
Well, what do you know? Their performance IMPROVED almost 25% while taking the sugar pill. The result was this: Because they THOUGHT their performance would improve using the phony steroid, it DID improve. I think that shows the power of the brain and the power of suggestion.
This brings me to a current commercial that I hear often on the radio for something called “Andro 400.” Men are testifying that they lost 50 lbs, went from a size 40 to a size 32, their sex life skyrockets, and they are just as happy as hogs in a mud pool.
Okay, here is the truth. Maybe Joe Smith lost 50lbs and became a tiger in the bedroom, but it was NOT because of some phony placebo called “Andro 400.” A true testosterone supplement must be prescribed by an endocrinologist because it IS a steroid. You cannot buy a true testosterone supplement without a prescription and even then, the doctor must check you every six to eight months.
So Joe Smith is taking his Andro 400 sugar pill and he loses weight and feels great –BECAUSE the commercial tells him it WILL do all those wonderful things. The power of suggestion should not be underestimated. This phenomenon has been known for ages. And it has been used forever in advertising. So go out and exercise and you will feel better. But don’t waste your time and money on Andro 400.