Parkinson’s, placebos…and prayer?

©Glow images - model for illustrative purposes only

©Glow images – model for illustrative purposes only

My latest blog has been posted on the Huffington Post UK, based on the interesting BBC Horizon programme on placebos that aired on Monday. The blog is entitled “The Promise of Placebos – and the Promise Beyond?”. It illustrates both points, respectively, through the performance of placebos and spiritual healing in the case of Parkinson’s Disease.

Here is the opening:

When it comes to our health, mind matters.

This was the inescapable conclusion from Monday’s BBC Horizon special on research into the effectiveness of treatments that have no active medical ingredients.

“The placebo effect is real, quantifiable and in fact you’re doing quite well with an active therapy if you can get as good a response as the placebo response,” said Professor Jon Stoessl, director of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at the University of British Columbia.

His words summed up the many experiments featured in the programme…

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Categories: Health, Spirituality and Society

Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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