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Why 'Useless' Surgery Is Still Popular

Placebo Effect

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  • A placebo effect may take place with surgery, injections, pills or any other type of medical treatment
  • Surgery is more dangerous than a sugar pill, but may not deliver greater benefit than a placebo
  • Although your physician may phrase a recommended surgery as necessary, you would be wise to do your research and get a second opinion

By Dr. Mercola

Doctors have been using your mind for decades to help you feel better. Also known as the placebo effect, using pills and therapies known to have no effect on the body can sometimes have a significant effect on your health and wellness.

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