I’m superstitious about placebos
I was chatting with Antony, (@AntonyTheReal_) about the show and the recent episodes about the placebo effect. He wondered if you could take a placebo, know it’s a placebo, and still get some benefit from doing so. It turns out that you can.
Here’s an article where the placebo effect and a labeled placebo was used to help suffers of IBS.
Here’s another article where the results were replicated for suffers of lower back pain.
And here’s an article wherein a study found that a placebo that is known to be a placebo can help reduce the pain of migraine headaches. And the study wasn’t even trying to study that.