- Science has come a long way when it comes to the development of medicines that address different kinds of ailments and yet, when it comes to ascertaining the effects of a certain kind of drug, researchers still rely on the simple sugar pill. These pills are frequently used in double-blind studies to determine the effectiveness of tested treatments.
What is a Placebo?
Example of How Placebos Can be Used
Miracle Cure?Although there are benefits associated with placebos, there are real concerns that this constitutes lying to patients, violating patient rights and breaking trust in the doctor-patient relationship. Of particular concern are instances in which patients are given sham treatments to quiet them, leaving a serious medical condition untreated. When the experimental treatment for a medical condition appears to be effective during a clinical trial, continuing to use placebos to preserve the study's scientific integrity may also be considered unethical. The danger of deceptive practices such as administering placebos, when weighed against the potential benefits, leaves the debate open and active for current health care practitioners and their patients.
Here are some other cool facts about the placebo effect:
- Orange, Red and other hot colored tablets work better as stimulants.
- Cool colored ones (blue, green, purple) work better as depressants.
- Big pills generally work better than small pills!
- Higher priced pills work better than lower priced pills.
- Injections work better than tablets And "branded" tablets work better than unbranded tablets!