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Real or fake – 5 fascinating facts about the placebo effect

Placebo treatments have no therapeutic value, but due to the mysterious nature of human psychology they can produce some clinically significant benefit. Why and how does it work? Let's learn the truth.



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20 Comments
John Disney
I took part in a blind drugs trial for relief of migraine and found that my migraines were reduced, then after the trial was told I was on the placebo. Subsequently started on the real drug and my migraines almost disappeared.
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Jan 14, 2020 4:46AM
denniscurtis
Martha McDowell, Why do you "hate" billionaires? U need to take one of those little yellow pills to make you happy and not "hate" people...
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Dec 6, 2019 5:46PM
Martha McDowell
Patricia Kosty Apgar, My hate for drug companies is as high as my hate for billionaires. eeerrrgg
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Nov 12, 2019 10:09PM
Martha McDowell
Barbara Young, that was great. I learned a lot that night
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Nov 12, 2019 10:07PM
stellaclaude
Very cool info!
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Nov 11, 2019 2:40PM
Gautam Shiv Vir
Very interesting
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Nov 9, 2019 1:27PM
Patricia Kosty Apgar
I don’t buy a lot of this. I’m an epileptic and for years I was having big problems, so they stop giving me generic brand and stared giving me brand names. Which is all I can take now. Also years later I started having a problem again and they found out the the stung companies were mixing placebos in with the real meds.; but not before I had a bid seizure on the sidewalk on Main in my town. Drug companies do nothing but play with peoples life.
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Nov 9, 2019 12:16PM
Maqsood Baluch
INTERESTING, THANKS
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Nov 9, 2019 11:46AM
Geoffrey Kingsnorth
Come on!
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Nov 9, 2019 8:53AM
Joe Ferguson
I'd like one now, please!
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Nov 9, 2019 6:15AM
Jim Blanton
In medical school I remember one of my favorite psychiatrist professor say “Let’s use this pill before it loses it’s placebo effect”. Actually, the placebo effect wears out in a few weeks in double blind studies.
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Nov 8, 2019 10:27PM
Barbara Young
Did you watch the tv show MASH when they ran out of pain killers?
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Nov 8, 2019 10:04PM
Yolanda Solis
Very interesting
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Nov 8, 2019 10:02PM
Ray Chancellor
belief can relax the body--this allows the body to release natural chemicals for pain--5 in the brain and one body wide---found to be 10 times more powerful than morphine---BUT disbelief can even block quote real medicine from working-i believe that endorphin is the body wide one and i believe encephalin? is what the brain ones are called--these can be release by several methods other than pills
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Nov 8, 2019 9:50PM
Lucette Rouleau
I believe the placebo effect with basic yoga practice as I use it every time if I hurt and concentrate to a soothing sensation and the pain goes away.
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Nov 8, 2019 9:03PM

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