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Feb 27, 2019 12:08:28

Placebo effect

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According to WebMD:

A placebo is anything that seems to be a "real" medical treatment -- but isn't. It could be a pill, a shot, or some other type of "fake" treatment. What all placebos have in common is that they do not contain an active substance meant to affect health.

It is a science based phenomena and I find it fascinating.
Before any drug is released to the public, it has to pass a placebo effect test.

The pharmaceutical company has to show with statistical significance, that their new drug can perform better than a placebo pill.

The reason is because humans have shown to recover from an ailment if they believed they were getting a drug.. irrespective of whether they are. 

There was a big debate some years ago about the efficacy of antidepressants when compared to placebo. Particularly considering the lack of side effects in a placebo. 

What does this mean?

Two things:

1) Most people are able to get positive benefits from their mind alone.
Think Wim Hof  

2) People have increased confidence that a pill/remedy from a doctor, will likely work on curing them. 

I am particularly fascinated by (1).

How limitless can I get with my mind?

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    @keni I find the topic fascinating as well. Dr. Andrew Weil was on Joe Rogan's podcast awhile back and he talked specifically about the power of the placebo effect. He criticized people who say, "Oh that's just the placebo effect." He advocates for more exploration of this effect to see exactly how it works for people to receive healing using the body and brain's natural ability. He also talked about how paramedics and medical staff are trained when dealing with patients who are near death or clinically dead and trying to be revived. They have to be careful what they say because even something simple as, "I think he's a goner" has shown to have an adverse outcome for a patient compared to positive language.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 11:31:59
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      @brandonwilson - Yes I listed to that Joe Rogan episode too. So good.
      On another podcast - Tim Ferris interviewed Erik Vance about the same topic.

      I am a firm believer!

      Keni avatar Keni | Feb 27, 2019 13:51:51
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      @keni Have you watched the documentary Heal on Netflix? It’s all about this stuff. Fascinating!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 02, 2019 19:05:04
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      @brandonwilson - yup.... I have. I think we read, listen and watch the same things. ?..

      The documentary could have been a lot better based on so much research around it. I loved it regardless

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 02, 2019 21:12:33
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      @keni Here's another one on Netflix: The Magic Pill. I have been reading about the ketogenic diet as it can be applied to diabetes.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 03, 2019 19:40:58
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      @brandonwilson - yup...seen it. I follow the ketogenic diet to maintain my sugars. That's the same diet that Dr Bernstein recommends and I also noticed works for me.

      I see you getting closer to writing that post - How I cured my diabetes. ?

      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 03, 2019 22:21:18
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      @keni I am laser focused on it!

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Mar 03, 2019 20:43:52
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      @brandonwilson - Heard a lot about the author of this book and it's very highly reviewed.. check it out when you can...


      Keni avatar Keni | Mar 04, 2019 01:12:32
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