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A radical new hypothesis in medicine: give patients drugs they know don’t work

‘Why the placebo effect is weirder and potentially more useful than we imagined…’

Source: Vox

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  1. Well, as Mary Poppins sang: “A spoonful of sugar, that is all it takes….changes bread and water into tea and cakes.” This is not news. Prescribers: if you would opt to treat yourselves, or anyone you care about, with placebos, knock yourselves out. How many millions of dollars have gone into this research? I prefer to be taken seriously, and for providers to think, to dig deeper and broader, if a treatment proves ineffective.
    In the case of pain, alternative and complimentary treatments are not prescribed or covered anywhere near enough. Why? Ask a “bean-counter,” those creatures so prevalent in “healthcare” these days. The cheapest/fastest way to treat anyone is to write an rx.

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