The Placebo Phenomenon

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Posted on 1st March 2012 by admin in Health Alerts

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Researchers and scientists have long acknowledged the reality of the placebo effect, the measurable effect that belief in treatment alone will yield positive results. Reliable studies on the efficacy of therapies and pharmaceuticals consist of two groups of participants—one group that is given the actual therapy or drug, and the other given a placebo, a simple glucose (sugar) pill. The results are often astounding.

We’ll be back with you next week, however, today on LivingFuelTV, we direct you to a fascinating story titled Treating Depression that recently aired on the renowned CBS News television program 60 Minutes. The story explores the impact of the placebo effect and features Dr. Irving Kirsch of Harvard Medical School. This insightful 13-minute segment leaves a powerful impression and is a must-watch for anyone taking or considering prescription medication.

Click on this link to watch:

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Is Your Drug FDA-Approved for Your Illness? Your Doctor May Not Know…

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Posted on 26th December 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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Are the drugs your doctor is prescribing safe and effective? Who knows? Apparently not the doctors… In a recent survey by researchers at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, almost half of physicians who responded mistakenly believed that at least one use of a drug listed in the survey was FDA-approved… when in fact, it wasn’t. So-called off-label prescribing is both legal and common — but this survey’s findings may mean that doctors are prescribing drugs when there is insufficient evidence of their efficacy and safety for a specific purpose.

Read more here.