Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Great American Placebo Heist

placebo heist

A big part of how we get well is the placebo response: thinking we are getting better makes us better. And doctors know this; over half routinely prescribe placebos to patients (Tilburt et al 2008).

Whoever has the authority to control the placebo response will become rich and powerful. A doctor could give you sugar pills and you’d get 30% to 75% better. But who has the right to give out “sugar pills”? Today, the government authorizes control of the placebo response to doctors and large corporations, which is unfortunate since doctors and corporations tend to harm benelles, the foundation of health.

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