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The placebo paradox 

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How refreshing! A perspective on placebo that doesn’t worship the “power” of placebo, but looks instead at the paradox of placebo: if placebo is so ding dang powerful, why isn’t everyone cured? Perhaps because the placebo effect is basically a dysfunctional mistake. Here’s a video, Why does the placebo effect work? 6:01, and here’s the scientific paper it’s based on, Humphrey & Skoyles, Current Biology, 2012 — and here’s some excellent some extra reading from Seattle Rolfer Todd Hargrove, who did a nice job interpreting and explaining the scientific paper. The additional perspective is most welcome.

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