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So much “power”! 

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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My placebo article has been updated recently. (Where by “recently,” I mean “in January,” but I’m just getting around to mentioning it.) A wee excerpt:

There is an annoying trend in alternative medicine: the aggrandization of “the power of placebo” as a justification for therapy that can’t beat a placebo. Therapies that perform no better than placebo are now predictably spun as being “as good as placebo,” as though placebo is the new gold standard to meet. The absurdity of this inflation of the placebo currency becomes clear with a simple comparison: would you take a drug that had been proven to be “as good as a placebo”? Not a chance!

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