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What the placebo effect is and isn’t

“Untreated a cold will last a week, but treat a cold and it will only last 7 days.” There’s a widespread understanding that a placebo effect is one where some kind of “mind over matter” phenomenon takes place. That, somehow, a “believer” of a treatment being given to him, when …

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A Dangerous Method – Homeopathy and its Fallacies

Two hundred years ago, Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, invented a medicinal method based on old, unsubstantiated notions like those of Paracelsus that “like cures like”. That a substance which sickens the healthy, cures the sick.   Hahnemann’s “discovery” lies in the idea that an active substance that produces symptoms …

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