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Old 31 January 2013, 01:22 AM
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
Of course a placebo effect exists - without it, homeopathy and a good bit of herbal medicine* would not be around.
Not true. The placebo effect differs from spontaneous remission; in the former case, you feel better because you believe the treatment is working, while in the latter case you just happen to get better, regardless of whether you are aware you're taking a sugar pill. Even if the placebo effect didn't exist, spontaneous remission could account for a substantial number of cases in which people take some kind of quack medicine, recover, and believe the quack medicine cured them.
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