- Oct 2016
I'm prepared to accept the placebo effect. There us also the well attested fact that a sense of well-being and a positive attitude is conducive to good health - depression weakens the immune system and perhaps oeioke wgi are optimistic take better care of themselves.
magical experiment 'inside' the self : you give everyone a magical canister that stops them getting the flu , then expose them all to the flu, some will get it some will not . We might see a higher percentage do not get it with the magical placebo than when we do the experiment without the placebo. All this really shows is the power of the internal system and how it works in concert with one's psychology.
The other experiment would be more like , we give people a canister and tell them it is a rat repellent (it emits a frequency, pheromone, smell or some other 'scientifically valid ' process ) but some are fake , get them to run 'tests' on the repellent . If rats are repelled by the placebos then it demonstrates something else , that the 'placebo magic' works OUTSIDE of the persons psychology - somehow they 'projected' the placebo effect either into the cannister or the rats .
I dont think anyone has done an experiment like that .
Some people say the Aboriginal plant remedy I took for kidney stone pain where a placebo.. except when , the first time I was in hospital for it, on release I got a pill to take, the pills said they where from an extract of a native plant and it had a little picture of the same plant I used on the bottle . It was not an 'alternative medicine ' , it was an 'allopathic product at the chemist that I needed a prescription for , and when I was in hospital they where injecting a form of it into my bloodstream .
What I'm not prepared to accept without more scientific evidence is the efficacy of reiki, chi-gong and so on. The British NHS did a study on reiki and concluded that it had no health benefits,
Super chi gong powers ?
Can apparently be repelled by magically charged jeans and t-shirt