My question is, what is placebo? We hear the word and think
it means ‘fake.’Well, the placebo effect works. ~ Dean Neary
So what is the placebo effect?
In a nutshell it is the measurable and observable improvement in a person’s health that is not attributable to prescription medication or medical treatment.
In this fascinating documentary video “Placebo: Cracking the Code”, 5 scientists, members of the the Harvard Placebo Study Group, talk about the placebo effect, and examine how the power of belief appears to be alleviating pain, curing disease, and healing injuries in a way that challenges the theory and practice of modern medicine.
What this video shows is that the placebo effect is a real and pervasive, albeit misunderstood, phenomenon in medicine.
In the UK, over 60% of doctors surveyed said they had prescribed placebos in regular clinical practice. In a recent Times Magazine article, 96% of US physicians surveyed stated that they believe that placebo treatments have real therapeutic effects.
What do you think?
Do you have a story about the placebo effect? Do you have a healing tip to share with others who are struggling? What works for you might help someone else.
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