Placebo effect

The placebo effect is a term used in clinical trials. Medicine is only approved if it works better than a pill with no active ingredient.  But If you turn it around you can say that the body has a big natural capacity to heal itself. Is it a good English (re-)phrase to call it the “life force”?

All my coaching and therapy is about maximizing this capacity, by reducing stress.

Below some videos that might convince you.

Cracking the code

Here is a one-hour long video about the placebo effect. If you want to see scientists talking about it. this is the video. Late in the video, there is a psychologist who cures a male with some severe skin problems. Late in the video, we see a psychologist finds out that it is an incurable disease the male had. It should not be possible. Let go of your old belief of what is curable and what not and start working on your own disease. And the clue from me is that a big part of it is stress, which you can reduce a lot.

Placebo operations

Here is an article that sumarise that most operations is not tested against a placebo like medicine is.

In two ocassions operations has shown not to be better than placebo operations

  • Stents installed in coronary arteries
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Vertebroplasty—injecting bone cement to mend a fractured vertebra

Consider this: before a new drug is approved for marketing, researchers must show that it is more effective than a sugar pill. Not so for a new operation. And yet surgeries have a much bigger placebo effect than drugs. To quantify the difference, a 2013 meta-analysis looked at placebo effects in 79 studies of migraine prevention: sugar pills reduced headache frequency for 22 percent of patients, fake acupuncture helped 38 percent, and sham surgery was a hit for a remarkable 58 percent. “There’s a big placebo effect with any procedure,” says cardiologist Rita Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco.

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