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Placebo Drugs

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect

Deepak Chopra | Posted 11.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

The key to the placebo effect is that the patient expects a good outcome, while in the nocebo effect the expectation is of a bad outcome: I will be pleased versus I will not be pleased.

Can a Spoonful of Sugar Really Help the Medicine Go Down?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 11.10.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

In medicine, especially when it comes to therapies and evaluating what works and what doesn't, it's crucial even in the 21st century to be wary of what once was dubbed the placebo effect, or as it more properly should be labeled, the placebo response.

Take Two Placebo Pills and Call Me in the Morning

Karen S. Rommelfanger, Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2012 | Science
Karen S. Rommelfanger, Ph.D.

What if placebos and their effects are not as "inert" as we once thought, that they might really provide therapeutic benefit? This raises a new ethical question: Are we harming patients by withholding treatments like placebo therapy that might actually help them?

How Do Placebos Relieve Pain?

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Scientists and doctors have been studying placebos for more than half a century. These inert "sugar pills" remain highly controversial, yet they are widely used in clinical treatment today -- especially in the area of pain management.

How The Mind Makes Drugs Work Better

David R. Hamilton, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2011 | Home
David R. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Reams of research now paint a picture that what we believe with regards to medication can have measurable effects on the body.

Pills, Placebos, and Prescription Drugs - Oh My!

Huffington Post | Verena von Pfetten | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It looks like pills are a popular subject this week. Yesterday, Newsweek dove in to the dangerous debate over placebo pills. No one is saying "posit...