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A simple sugar pill may help treat a disease — even if patients know they're getting fake medicine.
The finding, reported online Wednesday in the journal PloS One, may point the way to wider — and more ethical — applications of the well-known "placebo effect."
"The conventional wisdom is you need to make a patient think they're taking a drug; you have to use deception and lies," said lead author Ted Kaptchuk, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. And, Kaptchuk added,
Originally posted by Namaste1001
reply to post by quackers
As most drugs treat symptoms anyway instead of providing a cure this would suggest that it is the power of thought that is doing the healing.
Originally posted by tetsuo
I wonder if they will still call it "the placebo effect" since it can cure/help diseases/health issues even if the patient knows it is not real medicine? Shouldn't we just call this "mind over matter"? Clearly, the mind has reign over the body and can fix problems without any physical material like medicine... I don't know why science gives placebo such a hard time! If my stomach hurts and I take a sugar pill and it fixes the problem, well then, I just fixed my own problem with mah brain. Sweet article thx
Clearly, the mind has reign over the body and can fix problems without any physical material like medicine
Originally posted by Whyhi
reply to post by Desertopa
A drug or medical procedure only becomes licensed when it is proven to perform better than a placebo.
Unless it's some junk 'natural' cure like homeopathy which is a placebo itself.
Originally posted by Cecilofs
Personally I think "placebo effect" is about a person's belief/energy that is healing them. The fact that science has acknowledged that its real, then dismissed it completely by intentionally designing experiments to account for it really irked me and is one of the reasons I put a stop to my science career.