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Research Shows Placebos May Have A Place In Everyday Treatments

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  • Ongoing research suggests that people could be prescribed placebos instead of drugs to see if that is enough to make them well
  • Placebos typically have far fewer side effects (if they have any at all) than prescription drugs, injections or actual surgeries – and they often work just as well as the standard of care
  • Studies have shown that if you think you're receiving a treatment, and you expect that treatment to work, it often does -- and even if you know you're receiving a placebo, the beneficial effects still hold strong

By Dr. Mercola

A placebo is an inactive treatment or substance, such as a sugar pill or sham procedure, that looks and feels just like a regular medical treatment.


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