Wednesday, 25 November 2015

10 Interesting Facts About The Placebo Effect

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The placebo effect happens when someone is given a pill, a shot, or some other form of treatment, and are told it will help with their ailments. They feel better, but it's just their mind and body healing itself because the treatment is essentially fake.

Researchers are very interested as to why the placebo effect works, because understanding it will help with patient care and decrease the amount of drugs that need to be prescribed.

(via Neatorama)

1 comment(s):

ekinodum said...

Likely that the Placebo Effect as such does not even exist; what we are seeing is known as "Regression to the Mean". Every ailment has it's ups and downs, as the symptoms ebb and flow- and eventually, you are over the ailment (or you are dead).
If you give someone a fake pill and leave them alone for a few days, a percentage will get over their ailment or symptom in a manner that is indistinguishable from if you had not given them a fake pill and done the same thing. So The Placebo Effect is not even real.