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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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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
bamiyi
𝐈 𝐦 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 8-𝐤 𝐝𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞. 𝐈 𝐤𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐬𝐨 𝐈 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐭. 𝐖𝐞𝐥𝐥, 𝐢𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.. ====>>>HERE☛ W­w­w­.­M­e­s­a­l­a­r­y­.­c­o­m²²
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Dec 2, 2019 3:22AM
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
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
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
Judy Wilson
A very interesting concept!
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Nov 8, 2019 6:58PM
Darlene Davidson
The placebo effect is a powerful one that merits study.
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Nov 8, 2019 6:40PM
Cheryl McMeekin
Placebo's have worked on people for generations, which is a great thing. When they've had epidemics and would run low on medications, they'd give the mindset that what they were being given would help make them feel better.
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Nov 8, 2019 4:49PM
Robert F Mallillin
The placebo effect is consistent with basic yoga practices example: if I experience a pain in my internal organs, all I have to do is concentrate that there is no pain at all and suggest to myself that I am feeling is actually a soothing sensation of bliss and contentment. Presto, the pain disappears. Believe it or not!!!
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Nov 8, 2019 4:47PM

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