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The powerful placebo effect: fact or fiction?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by A.B., Nov 25, 2014.

  1. A.B.

    A.B. Senior Member

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    This might be of interest to some readers here (especially with so many placebo therapies targeting CFS patients):

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?uid=9449934&cmd=showdetailview
     
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    wdb Senior Member

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    For some time I've been quite skeptical of placebo being this mystical mind/body healing effect. There is another study I read a while ago that found the effect disappeared when objective measures were used.


    Is the Placebo Powerless? — An Analysis of Clinical Trials Comparing Placebo with No Treatment

    BACKGROUND
    Placebo treatments have been reported to help patients with many diseases, but the quality of the evidence supporting this finding has not been rigorously evaluated.

    CONCLUSIONS
    We found little evidence in general that placebos had powerful clinical effects. Although placebos had no significant effects on objective or binary outcomes, they had possible small benefits in studies with continuous subjective outcomes and for the treatment of pain. Outside the setting of clinical trials, there is no justification for the use of placebos.
     
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    Sean Senior Member

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    alex3619 Senior Member

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    I think there is another thread on this general topic posted just recently. Placebo seems to modify how people feel, not how they function. You could do the same with marijuana - keep 'em stoned. I think some psychiatry is the same - babble talk or babble pills, it makes no difference.
     
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