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The Placebo Effect: Why it's powerful medicine

4/8/2014 - It's not what you think it is. It's what you think. The placebo is for real. It can give you the relief from pain and sickness that you are looking for just as much as that prescription drug can, only, without the side effects. The question that is being asked now by researchers and scientists is not...

Dr. Rashid Buttar talks vaccines on the Robert Scott Bell Show

5/12/2012 - Dr. Rashid Buttar guest-stars on the Robert Scott Bell Show to talk about Dr. Paul Offit, the devout vaccine entusiast who has probably ? in Dr. Buttar's words ? singlehandedly poisoned and killed literally millions of children worldwide. Dr. Buttar and Robert also cover important, breaking news regarding...

Study: Placebo performs as well as antidepressant drugs in treating depression

1/12/2012 - The more that researchers truly study the effects of antidepressant drugs on depression patients, the more it becomes painfully obvious that these mind-altering medications are utterly useless. A new study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has revealed that antidepressant drugs...

Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested

6/9/2011 - As explained by Ronda Bresnick Hauss in a recent article in the Hill Rag, advanced technology such as PET scans and MRIs allow researchers to examine the brain. While using the mind to heal the body was often discredited or disregarded in the past, these new approaches indicate that the placebo effect...

Nearly all drug trials scientifically invalid due to influence of the mind; Big Pharma science dissolves into wishful thinking

2/22/2011 - A new study in Science Translational Medicine has cast doubt over the scientific validity of nearly all randomized, double-blind placebo controlled studies involving pharmaceuticals used on human beings. It turns out that many pharmaceuticals only work because people expect them to, not because they...

Fibromyalgia: science validates homeopathy (again)

2/16/2011 - Fibromyalgia is a chronic ailment without a known cause and without a safe, effective conventional medical treatment. However, the three to six million Americans who suffer with fibromyalgia will be pleased to know that several studies published in leading medical journals have found outstanding results...

Placebo fraud rocks the very foundation of modern medical science; thousands of clinical trials invalidated

10/28/2010 - You know all those thousands of clinical trials conducted over the last few decades comparing pharmaceuticals to placebo pills? Well, it turns out all those studies must now be completely thrown out as utterly non-scientific. And why? Because the placebos used in the studies weren't really placebos...

Placebo effect should be embraced as real medicine

10/16/2010 - Doctors are increasingly discussing how the placebo effect, long relegated to the realm of scientific research, can be harnessed for actual treatment. "In the last 10 years we've made tremendous strides in demonstrating the biological veracity of the placebo effect," said Ted Kaptchuk of Harvard...

The Case for Homeopathic Medicine: Consider the Historical and Scientific Evidence

8/10/2010 - A lot of people today are confused about what homeopathy is (and isn`t). This situation is not helped by the skeptics of homeopathy who go to incredible extents to exaggerate and misconstrue what homeopathic medicine is. It is more than a tad ironic that these "skeptics" hold themselves out as "defenders...

Heart failure breakthrough: placebo controlled study shows major improvement with acupuncture

8/5/2010 - Heart failure is a progressive condition marked by a worsening of the heart's ability to pump enough blood to supply the body's needs. It is most often caused by a heart attack, years of high blood pressure or other injuries to the cardiovascular system and kills about 250,000 people in the U.S. each...

Antibiotics May Make Us Fat

7/30/2010 - The obesity epidemic is rampant, and there are many reasons for this big fat problem. Although asking if antibiotics make us fat may initially sound like some type of joke, recent articles in Scientific American and Science magazine shows that some researchers are taking it seriously. Actually, evidence...

Placebo works as well as antidepressant drugs

5/19/2010 - In many cases of depression, antidepressant drugs provide little or no benefit over the effect of a placebo, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In a meta-analysis of six prior studies on both the older tricyclic and the newer selective serotonin reuptake...

Placebo treatments much stronger than previously thought

4/14/2010 - A recent study published in the British medical journal, Lancet, has found that placebo, or fake, medical treatments exhibit a noticeable biological effect on patients. A panel of international researchers pored through a series of studies they believe illustrate concrete evidence that physical changes...

Placebo Effect Breakthrough: It's Not Just in the Mind. It Actually Alters Physiological Response of the Spine

3/19/2010 - The placebo effect can be traced in part to physical changes that take place in the spine when a fake drug is taken, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, and published in the journal Science. The placebo effect refers to a...

Placebo Effect Regularly Beats Pharmaceutical Drugs

9/30/2009 - A Wired UK article just told us a dirty little secret that the pharmaceutical drug world would rather keep quiet. That fact is: drugs are having a difficult time beating the placebo effect, and increasingly so. In fact, they're finding the placebo effect is getting stronger in people, making it more...

Half of Arthritis Doctors Regularly Prescribe Placebo Pills to Patients

6/5/2009 - Half of general practitioners and rheumatologists regularly prescribe their patients drugs just to produce a psychological effect, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the National Institutes of Health and published in the British Medical Journal. Rheumatologists treat disorders of...

New Study Shows Genes may be Responsible for Placebo Effect

1/5/2009 - Medical research largely depends on the results from studies that show a particular medication provides better results than a placebo. However, there are often conflicting outcomes that show certain study participants receiving equally effective treatment from placebos. A new study at Uppsala University...

Acupuncture Proven to have an Effect beyond Placebo, Harvard Study Concludes

12/11/2008 - Is acupuncture nothing more than a dressed-up placebo effect? Not according to a recent joint MIT-Harvard Medical School clinical study. The study, published in the November 2008 issue of the peer-reviewed science journal Behavioural Brain Research, utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)...

Laser acupuncture effective against headaches in children

10/13/2008 - The July 2008 issue of Pain, a prestigious peer-reviewed medical journal published by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), featured a German study conducted by eight pediatric doctors and clinicians. The researchers attempted to determine whether or not laser acupuncture would...

Nearly Half of Doctors Prescribed Placebos to their Patients

7/31/2008 - Almost half of all doctors have prescribed placebos to their patients at some point, according to a survey conducted by a medical student at the University of Chicago and published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Rachel Sherman sent a survey to 466 internists in at three academic medical...

Asthma Drug Worse Than Placebo, Symptoms Worsen on Withdrawal

5/30/2008 - Asthma symptoms worsen on withdrawal of the drug Accolate (zafirlukast). Benefits are seen for only the first five weeks, after which symptoms return to their original state within seven weeks. These eye-opening results were reported in a well-designed Australian study published by the Journal of Negative...

Psych Drug Shocker: Antidepressant Drugs Work No Better than Placebo; Big Pharma Hoax Finally Exposed

2/25/2008 - The following is a groundbreaking report from the independent, honest medical journal PLoS Medicine (which accepts no advertising money from Big Pharma). The full study, with sources and attributions, can be found at http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.0050045 This...

Do Antidepressants Cure or Create Abnormal Brain States? (PLoS Medicine)

6/12/2006 - Editor's note: This is a technical article reprinted, with permission, from the PLoS Medicine Journal (a peer-reviewed, open-access medical journal that's bucking the system by daring to print the truth about drugs, depression and pharmaceuticals). This is not casual reading, but if you want to learn...

Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans - interview with Robert Whitaker

8/27/2005 - The following is a Street Spirit interview with Robert Whitaker, author of Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. It is reprinted here with permission from the Street Spirit in Oakland, California. The interview is conducted by Terry Messman, editor...

The Top Ten Technologies: #9 Vibrational Medicine

7/14/2004 - Vibrational medicine is a promising area of "technology" (it's difficult to call it that) that covers a variety of pioneering healing modalities now known to be far more powerful than drugs and surgery in improving the lives of patients. These modalities include: Phototherapy: harnessing the healing...

The placebo effect proves to be good medicine in twelve month study; mind/body medicine is more powerful than drugs and surgery

6/10/2004 10:00:25 PM - A fascinating twelve-month experiment reported in the Archives of General Psychiatry reveals the power of mind/body medicine and the placebo effect. In the experiment, Parkinson's disease patients underwent a surgical procedure that transplanted human neurons into their brains. But half the...

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