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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

New study shows placebos have positive effects

It’s the miracle cure Big Pharma hopes you never hear about – proven to beat antidepressants, painkillers, anxiety meds and more.

This amazing pill can stop headaches cold, end stomach problems, beat arthritis pain and even give you the bedroom boost you’ve been looking for (and that goes for the ladies, too).

It’s cheap, comes with no side effects, has withstood the test of time and regularly destroys some of the world’s best-selling drugs in gold-standard studies.

So what are you waiting for? Ask you doctor about placebo – and as soon as he stops laughing, tell him you’re serious… because a new study proves you don’t even have to duped into taking one to enjoy its benefits.

It can even work if it says “placebo” right on the bottle!

Researchers divided 80 irritable bowel patients into two groups: One got zippo, the other got a placebo.

These patients were told up front that they were getting a placebo, and docs didn’t hype it with any New Age mumbo- jumbo – they told the patients that it didn’t matter if they “believed” or any of the other hokum that’s often associated with the placebo effect.

After three weeks, 59 percent of the placebo patients showed significant symptom relief, versus just 39 percent of the do-nothings. The placebo patients also had double the rate of overall improvement, according to the study in PLoS ONE.

That means placebo isn’t just “right” for irritable bowel syndrome – it’s actually on par with some of the most powerful drugs that have been approved for the condition.

Since those meds come with some awful side effects – including a possible worsening of IBS symptoms – the question has to be asked: When will the FDA pull those meds and replace them with this new wonder drug, placebo?

Answer: Never.

Of course, placebos work for far more than IBS – they’ve been proven to be effective for all the conditions I mentioned earlier and then some. In fact, short of a flesh wound, broken bone or bout with deadly bacteria, there’s no reason not to consider a placebo.

After all, what’ve you got to lose?

And if your doc isn’t interested in playing along, show him the wallet effect – and take your business elsewhere.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha