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Alternative Paths to Wellness a Political Act With Winners, Losers

Sienna Craig | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Sienna Craig

Who benefits when governments appeal to UNESCO to endorse a traditional medicine as intangible cultural heritage? Who loses and who gains when the FDA determines what can and cannot be called a "medicine"?

Believe This and Live Forever

Mark Morford | Posted 02.11.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Morford

Every day, the battle! Every day, the forces align and the crusade begins all over again. And for what? For your attention, of course. Your loyalty. Y...

Placebo Surgery: More Effective Than You Think?

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

To be sure, many conditions require surgery, and surgical procedures have contributed to important increases in longevity and quality of life in industrialized settings. But the few sham surgery trials that have been done have likely uncovered the tip of the iceberg.

Can Your Mind Influence Your Weight?

Alejandra Ruani | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Alejandra Ruani

I'm talking about a sensible balance, where we eat wisely and healthily, and indulge every now and then, but merely observe our minds a little, catching ourselves when we think negative about what we are eating. The difference is in the mind.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Rockers Placebo Makes New "Friends," Keeps Old Ones

Jon Chattman | Posted 12.28.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Since they debuted, the stellar UK band have switched up their sound but keep it rocking throughout the journey with their signature sound and sharp-as-a-machete lyrics. Last month, the trio dropped their seventh album entitled Loud Like Love.

When Does Choosing a Treatment Matter?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

In the United States, many provisions of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) are about to take effect. Opponents of the law are concern...

Expectations Could Influence Placebo Effects

| Posted 10.28.2013 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article and podcast) When it comes to providing pain relief, expectations can be a powerful pre...

Positive Thinking, Seriously

Mitch Horowitz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Books
Mitch Horowitz

Today, positive thinking is the closest America has to a national religion. It is the foundational idea of business motivation, mind-body medicine, prosperity ministering and much more.

Lethal Placebo

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All forms of hormone replacement for all women at menopause was never right, but nor is NO forms of hormone replacement for NO women at menopause. There was always baby and bathwater here, and we have egregiously failed to distinguish between the two.

Hippocratic Humility

Allen Frances | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment are often life changing events -- usually for the better, sometimes for worse, sometimes a tie score. Sorting out who is who in the rule of thirds requires patience and humility -- both currently in short supply.

Is The Placebo Effect Dangerous?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Wray Herbert

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt's the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of placebo effects and control groups -- a misunderstanding that, scientists are now arguing, invalidates any claims of effectiveness for almost all psychological interventions.

Talking Expectations with Chris Berdik

Phil Simon | Posted 03.04.2013 | Books
Phil Simon

The human brain has always fascinated me. How person A interprets reality may very well not be the same as how person B does. Why is that the case? And what role do expectations play in the process?

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

One key to an entirely new kind of medicine is suggested by the placebo effect. But for this promise to come true, we need to see placebos as part of a holistic system.

'I Will Not Be Pleased' -- Your Health and the Nocebo Effect (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 12.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

You are either preventing or not preventing illness all the time. There is no such thing as benign neglect. The feedback loop is inescapable. Rather than considering that a threat, we can create a new model of well-being that gives you much more control over your health for life.

'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.

Can Digital Medicine Exert a Placebo Effect?

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Is the placebo effect something that demands the presence of a living human -- or can we program it into a cell phone app? What happens to health care...

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 The Placebo Effect Proves That God Exists

Richard Schiffman | Posted 04.01.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

We can't find God, because, paradoxically, we are already the God that we are seeking.

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.

The Purpose of Prayer in a Modern World

Jeffrey Small | Posted 12.15.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

Do problems with seeing prayer as divine intervention mean that prayer is a pointless exercise? Not at all. Maybe we just need to rethink the purpose of prayer in a modern world.

Pain? What Pain?

Sam Sommers | Posted 10.08.2011 | Sports
Sam Sommers

The idea that there's a mental component to pain is hardly an unfamiliar one. But the more you learn about it, the full extent to which our experience with pain depends on situations is surprising.

A Depressing Story You Need to Read

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.26.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Corrosion of the public spirit of scientists and the distortion of scientific inquiry is one of the many costs of pervasive commercialization. And what's truly depressing is that the Obama FDA is only marginally better on this front than George W. Bush's.

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.

The Placebo Effect and How to Use It

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Since most of us are not in the healing business, the opportunity to test this paradox doesn't often pop up. So when Jerry Weintraub show us an effective use of a placebo in relationships -- it's worth noting.