People Need Both Drugs and Faith to Get Rid of Pain

In one startling drug study in the 1980s, a young woman who had been virtually homebound by the energy-sapping effects of chronic fatigue syndrome had a miraculous recovery. But, it wasn't the drug that cured the patient – she was in the trial group that was taking sugar pills. It was the "placebo effect," — a well-documented phenomenon that has intrigued doctors for decades. When patients believe a drug will help them, they sometimes heal themselves. "She and her parents were so excited...Full Story
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