Placebo Effect: How The Hell Does It Work?

Submitted by: DeeCache 6 years ago in Science

Daniel Professor Funk Keogh illustrates the strange powers of the Placebo Effect.
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Male 5,413
@Suicism
Interesting.
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Male 3,631
All we need to do is find an effective placebo to treat Aids, Cancer, and Herpes Simplex - can`t be the only person to have thought of this.
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Male 328
All this told me was that placebos are placebos. I learned nothing.
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Female 2,695
this didn`t explain it at all
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Male 288
@squinky

you are less than bright
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Male 2,855
elevator buttons do work... this infomercial is stupid
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Male 2,552
Hehey! Dr Chase!
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Female 117
@shadow946

Just because it`s about medicine and the narrator is Australian doesn`t mean it`s Doctor Chase. He didn`t have anything to do with it
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Male 440
@skullgrin WHat`s so weird about that. If the doctor believes he is using a real cure then he is more convincing to the patient. Otherwise the effect is depending on how good an actor he is.
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Male 21
I like how it`s narrated by Doctor Chase :P
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Male 1,744
that`s how zicam works
cold went away in 2 days, real or not, i`ll take it
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Female 2,026
i remember growing up my nan had magic cream aka moisturiser, that would help if i hurt myself...swear down the pain would go, and i only recently found out it wasnt magic cream...
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Male 936
something that this video forgot to mention was that placebo`s are also more effective if the doctor administering the placebo doesnt know they are placebos and also believes the pills are real.

now THAT is weird.
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Male 936
after watching this video all i have to say is...NO poo!

Do people really not know what placebo`s are?
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Male 1,587
and he said nothing about how they work. pretty thorough on their affects, but not how they work
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Male 8,300
So from now on, instead of just putting Reposts up, we`ll add a caption that says "AWESOME NEW VID, never seen before!" and you`ll all be happy, right?
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Female 3,598
"shiny and s*!t" -nice.
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Male 758
Substitute a bible for a placebo, and BAM! Religion.
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Male 15,510
By the way when a "placebo" produces a negative effect instead, its called "nocebo"
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Male 25,416
scary but true, what the mind believes, the body follows suit!
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Female 3,562
You know how parents think sugar makes their kids hyperactive? Not only is it a placebo for the kid, but the parent`s perspective of their kids is changed. Sugar has been proven not to have anything to do with hyperactivity.
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Male 626
Wait it said elevator door close buttons are placebos. Is that true? D:
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Female 812
WAIT!
I`m not a fan of pills etc. so what was that about the people who take their meds regulary are less likely to die than people who do not....
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Male 244
Sugar makes you god.
PLACEBO
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Male 182
heres something: placebos still work even when you know they are placebos, go look it up, its true.
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Male 10,440
I wish I didn`t know about placebos. I can still be fooled by a doctor though.
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Male 2,988
charlie sheen is a placebo. he used the power of his own mind to get over his addictions. true story.
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Male 977
anyone else wanna go listen to placebo now?

but seriously, i`m getting sick of these videos with graphics that write the words as they are said and zoom all over the place. this one wasn`t too bad but i`m still sick of that editing style.
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Male 3,332
Here`s a thought. We know that they work because we think they do. We know that medicine has side effects. We tell the patient (in the US at least) what those side effects might be, so they`ll know to stop taking the meds and talk to their doctors. How often does the patient experience the side effect simply because they`ve been warned.

I guess that`s the "nocebo" effect they touched on where if a placebo is said to cause pain, it will.
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Male 928
3 minutes to tell you placebos don`t really work, it`s just in your head.

You mean to tell us that they really DO work because all a placebo is meant to do is create a mental cure. So it would be 3 minutes to tell us that they really DO cause a cure if you believe that they do. Not to tell us they just don`t work...
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Male 3,894
3 minutes to tell you placebos don`t really work, it`s just in your head.

Captain obvious, your title has been passed on.
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Male 1,222
Magnetos!
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Female 1,435
i don`t take painkillers because i think they are all placebos. did i break the effect?
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Male 256
And hence, this is how the pharmaceutical companies make millions. Fill you full of sugar and tell you that it`s medicine. Mind over matter.....
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Male 788
Link: Placebo Effect: How The Hell Does It Work? [Rate Link] - Daniel Professor Funk Keogh illustrates the strange powers of the Placebo Effect.
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