The Promise of Pills that Do Nothing

Just how powerful is the placebo effect? Even now, scientists aren’t completely sure about how the placebo effect works. However, they do know that placebos work only against symptoms that patients can consciously perceive (and therefore perceive improvements), like emotional distress and pain. The effect is strong enough to match the pain relief of opioids, opening up the discussion of using placebo pills to help reduce the risk of addiction and overdose that comes with opioid use. Read full article here

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