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Placebo In Medicine

The role of placebo in healing
by Manigandan Muthusamy
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The Curious Case of Homeopathy...

There has never been a physiologic model or a logical explanation for the therapeutic effects of Homeopathic remedies. Yet millions will swear by the effectiveness of these drugs thanks to the Placebo effect. Homeopathy stands as a live testament to this puzzling phenomenon.

Homeopathy goes to great lengths to justify the therapeutic effect of its remedies by attributing mythical powers to water and other solvents used in their formulations. They call it the 'Memory Effect'.

There is also a $1 Million prize for anybody who can scientifically prove the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies. To date it remains unclaimed. [1]

1. http://goo.gl/El33J
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
A placebo by definition does not directly affect the course of a condition. Its effect is completely dependent on reinforcing the subject's belief that he is being cured. If the effect of a substance or a method can be attributed to some unknown elusive phenomenon (ex. Quantum Physics) that substance is no longer a placebo but a drug whose pharmacodynamics are yet to be determined.
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
But the realm of our perception even in a placebo is highly influenced by the Quantum world and the position of the Observer, for the Observer must be very complacent with what is seen on the surface
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
I am quite puzzled by the relation between quantum mechanics and placebo effect. Are you theorizing, correlating some observations or extrapolating the effects of quantum forces? As far I could inquire into quantum physics, its scope is limited to subatomic particles and cannot be applied beyond the realms of an atom. Can you please elaborate on this, may be in a post, to help us understand your ideas.
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
Contd.. References to any studies/empirical-evidence will be even more helpful.
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=hard-to-swallow

We always have the doubts as to should we buy all the medicine our Doctor prescribe and should we continue the full course to get cured, as a patient we have the latent doubt that what if most of them are placebo.

This article explains that placebo is a real neurobilogical phenomenon and its role in healing is real
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
As a physician, I concur with you but I believe its a tolerable side-effect of a system that mandates accountability. In a trust based system physicians often grow negligent and exploit the trust bestowed on them resulting in undue suffering and loss of life. On the other hand, in a system that holds the physician accountable for his decisions, physicians often try to escape the liability thereby increasing healthcare costs. Obviously we cant have the best of both the worlds or can we?
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
I agree with you entirely but I think there are several underlying issues like infrastructure, shift structure, as well as the extreme accumulation of personal debt to get to a Physician level, causes Doctors to become negligent by being overwhelmed
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Nicholas Bc Shumate, Evangelist - 5 years ago Edit
Taking it further I am an EMT and I see these issues all of the time, where we have to ask ourselves "what is gonna get me in a court room" vs "what is going to save this patient?" There are lots of regs to protect against undue harm, maybe too many
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Praveen Baratam, Maven - 5 years ago Edit
@Nicholas - You are right on dot once again. The process is wearing out the doctors more than anything else. Moreover most doctors are overworked too. 12 hour days are a norm with weekly or biweekly 24 hour shifts. We cannot expect a overworked, sleep deprived doctor to make the right decisions for his patients.
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