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Date: 10/05/11 03:00 PM

36 Responses to The Strange Powers Of The Placebo Effect

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    Link: The Strange Powers Of The Placebo Effect - A look at the ultimate troll... the placebo.
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    markust123 Male 40-49
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    Our minds are actually pretty week. That is how drug companies, advertisers, politicians and opinion media gets away with the brainwashing they do so well. Our minds just fall into place no matter how strong we think we are. That is why I am such a broken record trying to get people to turn off cable news. All it does is brainwash people, through repetition, into hating their fellow man.
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    Nintenutts Male 13-17
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm
    this is a placebo making me think I`ve done something productive.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    your mom is pretty freakin weird
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    meneado Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm
    isnt this a repost?
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    botfly Male 50-59
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm
    I overdosed on placebos.
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    mykunter Male 40-49
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    October 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm
    I got some placebo blotter acid one time... it didn`t work half as well as the real stuff.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    October 5, 2011 at 4:36 pm
    Way to leave out the ONLY interesting fact about the Placebo Effect: If subjects have their naturally produced Endorphins blocked by Naloxone, they do NOT show any placebo effect when given a placebo painkiller. Those that have a placebo instead of Naloxone show a placebo effect when given a placebo painkiller about 33% of the time, same as if there was no prior injection at all. This proves the placebo effect is due to a genuine biological reaction, release of endorphins for example, and NOT just in your imagination. They are NOT making it up.
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    PringleMan Female 13-17
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    October 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm
    shiny as poo
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Of course "Belief" overrules reality!
    It is only because of our {false?} `belief` in the beauty, grace, and intelligence of our children that we don`t drown them all.
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    Tubby12370 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm
    Well Well Well...somebody copied this video almost word for word on a speech in my class.
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm
    Placebos don`t work on me.
    Picked some shrooms in my garden I thought was liberty caps.
    I got no placebo high. Nothing at all, the mushrooms I picked I really thought were what they weren`t. I later found out they just looked like the ones I was after because of how young they were when I picked them. (No harm done)
    And once I smoked some mixing herb I thought I had put some brown in. Got mad that it didn`t do poo, but later saw I had smoked the wrong pile.

    Don`t know about pharmaceuticals, as I don`t trust them. Didn`t take aspiring even when I had killer headaches. Because I just don`t want to, my body would go all soft on me if I pampered it. I think that`s why I hardly ever get headaches now. Brain knows better then to whine to my pain center. Hurp da durp derp.
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    xelous Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm
    @ Ajikan, haha, you smoked the wrong pile.
    Weed should never be brown
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    xbx214 Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 9:50 pm
    Are you inplying that if I take a placebo thinking im going to become high as poo on shrooms, It will happen or my brain will make it happen?
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    Kaagan Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm
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    CaptainPabst Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm
    Reposts are placebos
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm
    And there you have the entire homeopathy / naturopathy industry explained in one neat little video.
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 12:16 am
    @xbx214, Yeah pretty much, I played a messed up joke on a friend in high school. He was kind of dumb so it was easier. But I gave him a antacid from the school nurse and after he ate it I told him it was some hardcore psychadelic drug and proceeded to mess with him, like all our friends would move our mouths like we were talking but no one was making a sound. Anyway he ended up freaking out and crying and left school early. Fun times.
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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 12:48 am
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    Phanthom_ Female 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 2:58 am
    Our minds create the medicine..This only shows that our minds are much more powerful than we give it credit for. Doesn`t this mean that we can heal ourselves by using our theory? In that case, what do we need medicine for anyway? WAKE UP
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    MrAtari Male 40-49
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    October 6, 2011 at 3:15 am
    Apple products are placebo`s
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    October 6, 2011 at 3:23 am
    reposts are not placebos... thats silly talk
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    venners77 Male 30-39
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    October 6, 2011 at 3:48 am
    There`s some awesome descriptions of experiments on the placebo effect in Ben Goldacre`s "Bad Science"- a great book.
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    DeanoBoz Male 40-49
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    October 6, 2011 at 4:54 am
    So, my question is, "Are doctors prescribing placebos, knowing that they are placebos?" The answer must be "Yes". So how is it that "what meds are actually placebos" hasn`t EXPLODED on the web during the information age, therefore KILLING the placebo effect?
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    andybme Male 50-59
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    October 6, 2011 at 5:09 am
    The problem is that you`re still being charged the same amount for a placebo at the pharmacy. That smacks of fraud IMHO.
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    JoshT Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 5:24 am
    DeanoBoz. I think when they do the tests for these things they use a double blind randomised test or something. Meaning neither the patient nor the doctor know who is getting which treatment, the test groups are split into two and only the drug company know who is receiving which treatment. Something to do with the ethics of making a doctor prescribe something that has no active chemicals in it (so they may feel as though they aren`t giving the best care possible).
    I know that doesn`t count for the part of this film where he says placebo vs. placebo trials, but perhaps the doctors nor the patients know that neither is a real drug, only the drugs companies carrying out the testing know. Not 100% sure though!
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    TheJigsaw Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 5:35 am
    For a pill to be sold it has to out do (by a fair bit) a placebo in tests
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    Finker Male 40-49
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    October 6, 2011 at 5:45 am
    Seeing this makes me think religion is a placebo. It works for those that believe in it.
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    NILE12 Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 6:01 am
    This part of the reason why being depressed makes being depressed hard.
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    mal_BB Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 6:29 am
    @Finker; yeah, to me religion is both a placebo and a narcotic at the same time. It`s not really there, but if you believe in it, it can be addictive and have powerful effects on you.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    October 6, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Placebo means fake?
    So, Pam Andesond has placeboobs?
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    morimacil123 Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 9:10 am
    "For a pill to be sold it has to out do (by a fair bit) a placebo in tests"
    Dunno the regulations of whatever country you live in. But in switzerland and france for example, Homeopathy is really common.
    Homeopathy, is simply a placebo. However, since the effects of placebo are based on ppl believing it works, selling a placebo marketed as "placebo" would defeat the whole principle. Thus they name it Homeopathy instead, and market that.
    And I can assure you its huge here, pharmacies often contain tons of them, sometimes more than actual drugs, we have ads for them on TV, in the street, and so on.
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    doran127 Male 13-17
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    October 6, 2011 at 9:58 am
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    October 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm
    thats evolutions way to screw with us... helping the idiots.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
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    October 7, 2011 at 2:03 am
    Just a clarification here: feeling better does not mean curing the problem.

    A placebo can help with the pain of a disease, but can it also cure the disease that is causing the pain?

    I`d like to see some studies on that.
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    smalltowngrl Female 18-29
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    October 8, 2011 at 6:59 am
    My dad swares placebos don`t work on him and that people they work on are just stupid......... He has been taking placebo pain pills........ I just sit back and laugh. Cuz they make him feel better lol

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