[LINK] electromagnetic fields effect brain activity

Adrian Chadd adrian at creative.net.au
Thu Jan 11 17:58:34 AEDT 2007

On Thu, Jan 11, 2007, Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 01:04 PM 11/01/2007, Stewart Fist wrote:
> >For instance, if placebo just means that the patient feels better having
> >been given a pill, then why not say so.  Why give it a fancy medical term?
> at least it's not an acronym
> >Similarly, if nocebo just refers to the psychological effects, then call it
> >hypochondria or irrational-fear, or whatever.
> I hadn't heard this before, but it doesn't mean fear or hypochondria. 
> It means taking medicine that should work, but doesn't because the 
> person expects it not to. Placebos used in blind studies employ inert 
> substances - sugar pills for example - and the placebo effect is the 
> statistical part of the sample who get better even when they take 
> those and not the treatment with the active ingredient. Whether or 
> not it's the body healing itself or a psychological predisposition 
> because the person thinks they are taking an active medicine is of 
> course debatable.

ISTR stuff popping up in class about the reactions of patients who -know-
they're taking the sugar pills being different to those who don't know
either way and are actually taking sugar pills.

(Again, I wonder if there's any hard research on it..)


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