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The puzzling powers of the placebo effect

Here’s a great video from Daniel Keogh, an ABC Science Show reporter, describing the mysterious powers of the placebo effect. It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time. And if you just can’t get enough of the placebo effect, take a look at this video on the Stanford Medicine YouTube channel from Sean Mackey, MD, PhD, on the very same subject.

Via KevinMD
Previously: The increasing power of the placebo

2 Responses to “ The puzzling powers of the placebo effect ”

  1. HealthRethunk Says:

    Terrific video! Well done.

    The only thing I want to point out is that the placebo response is triggered by more than just belief. The therapeutic encounter, including the warmth, confidence and empathy of the practitioner, are known to have a huge impact. Other factors, including meaningful touch, time to rest in a dimly lit room with nice music (as in the case of acupuncture or massage therapy), etc are bound to effect this response as well.

    I think it’s best to approach this conundrum with the understanding that in many (if not most) instances we have an innate capacity to get better, and that this capacity can be potentiated by certain factors, namely those mentioned in your video and those described above.

  2. Edda Anderson Says:

    Very interesting! I love the placebo effect. Video is put together very well, but the only thing I might suggest you add to it is what part of the brain the placebo effect applies to- right side/left side? And why?

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