Sugar Pills Help, Even When Patients are Aware of Them

Could you be healed by the power of a placebo drug—even when you know it's a fake? It might sound strange to some, but a new study published in the most recent issue of PLoS One may have turned the conventional idea of a placebo on its head. Researchers found that placebo pills benefited patients, even when doctors explained that they were only taking sugar pills. "Until now, doctors have thought they had to lie about the placebo pill in order to tap into the effects," said Dr. Ted Kaptchuk of...Full Story
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