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…