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"And then there is the placebo effect, which has always bedeviled nutrition research. About a third of Americans are what researchers call responders—people who will respond to a treatment or intervention regardless of whether they've actually received it. When testing a drug you can correct for this by using a placebo in your trial, but how do you correct for the placebo effect in the case of a dietary trial? You can't: Low-fat foods seldom taste like the real thing, and no person is ever going to confuse a meat entree for a vegetarian substitute."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"If this is so, should not a placebo work? The answer is that a placebo may well work, in some cases; and the placebo may not be a placebo in the traditional sense, but another kiond of antidote to low self-esteem: almost anything that renews or builds a sense of self-worth. The central problem of self-esteem and a suggestion of why this has become such an issue in Western society is ventilated later. But there is another point which is repeated here, without any apology."
- Henry Hobhouse, Seeds of Change: Six Plants That Transformed Mankind (Get the book.)

"Yet, conventional medicine dismisses the placebo effect as pseudo-scientific quackery— even as their own studies prove its consistent efficacy across literally tens of thousands of studies. No drug, surgery, or conventional medical treatment has ever been tested as extensively as the placebo effect, and this mind-body phenomenon proves itself again and again. In fact, the placebo effect may be one of the most powerful healing tools in our arsenal, and yet modern doctors foolishly toss it out as useless."
- Mike Adams, Natural Health Solutions (Get the book.)

"However, medical science became confused when they observed in their own testing of drugs the placebo effect. The placebo effect, as described by medical science, is when you give a patient nothing, yet they believe they are getting a powerful drug and therefore their illness is cured. There is absolutely no explanation except that the patient's "belief" or "thoughts" actually cured the disease. This placebo effect is not questioned in the medical community; it is factual, documented, and known to be true."
- Kevin Trudeau, More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Disease (Get the book.)

"In these controlled studies, some subjects always react to MSG, but large numbers of subjects also react to a placebo. These studies conclude that since the subjects react to both MSG and placebos, it "proves" that it is not the MSG that people are reacting to...For years, I could not figure out why large numbers of subjects in MSG industry-sponsored studies were reacting to placebos which, by definition, should be made up of inert, non-reactive material. Finally, in 1993, we found the answer. The placebos contained aspartame!... Aspartame is far from inert and non-reactive. .."
- Kelly Harford, M.C., C.N.C., If It's Not Food, Don't Eat It! The No-nonsense Guide to an Eating-for-Health Lifestyle (Get the book.)

"That our minds can heal our bodies is now becoming a proven reality in studies on the placebo effect. There have been television documentaries on how people have been healed completely when they truly believed that a reparative surgery had been performed, or that a certain medication had been administered, even though the surgery wasn't performed and the medication was just a sugar pill. It inevitably disturbs the pharmaceutical manufacturers that in most of their clinical trials, the placebos, the "fake" drugs, prove to be just as effective as the engineered chemical cocktails."
- Ron Garner, Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Means (Get the book.)

"Placebos On average, 35% of all people who receive a given placebo experience a significant effect. Idle Chatter in the Operating Room For years it has been suspected by many doctors (and pooh poohed by many more) that patients under anesthesia can hear their surgeon's comments, and that what they hear affects them. There were many anecdotal stories of doctors, who upon opening a patient up, would see a tumor and comment out loud that it looked malignant."
- Jon Barron, Lessons from The Miracle Doctors: A Step-by-Step Guide to Optimum Health and Relief from Catastrophic Illness (Get the book.)

"Those parts of the study where the drug has had no or only an insignificant advantage over the placebo effect are simply omitted from the study's final report. The drug companies reporting their findings to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only need to prove that the tested drug have shown some benefit in some people. If the researchers manage to recruit enough candidates with a positive disposition that are likely to produce a good placebo response to the drug treatment, they may hit the jackpot and produce a "convincing" study, and a marketable drug."
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism (Get the book.)

"Under two, it may not be more effective than placebo. There are not good studies showing that flu vaccine in kids under two are more effective than placebo." So ask your pediatrician about FluMist, which is now approved for children as young as twenty-four months. If your child absolutely must get vaccinated for the flu, just make sure the vaccine is thimero-sal-free. Always review the vaccine packaging before immunizing your children. Ask to see the package insert and really look at that little sheet of paper that's folded up about six times in the box."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"When testing a drug you can correct for this by using a placebo in your trial, but how do you correct for the placebo effect in the case of a dietary trial? You can't: Low-fat foods seldom taste like the real thing, and no person is ever going to confuse a meat entree for a vegetarian substitute. Marion Nestle also cautions against taking the diet out of the context of the lifestyle, a particular hazard when comparing the diets of different populations."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"For example, in a recent study, runners were given protease supplements or a placebo four times a day for three days, twenty-four hours before and forty-eight hours after running. Evaluation of the participants found less soreness, improved pain threshold, and no mood change with those taking the protease supplements over the group who took the placebo. Enhanced recovery can improve overall physical performance. The enzyme support mechanism for athletic performance is tied to circulation and oxygen availability."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"And in a large study from Scandinavia, patients with coronary artery disease were randomly chosen to receive either a cholesterol-lowering drug or a placebo, a harmless pill containing no medication. The members of the group that took the drug lowered their cholesterol by an average of 35 percent. After five and a half years of follow-up evaluation, they had experienced significantly fewer deaths, fewer new heart attacks, and fewer angioplasties and bypasses than those who took the placebo, and they showed no increase at all in deaths from accidents, suicide, or cancer."
- Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., M.D., Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Get the book.)

"When testing a drug you can correct for this by using a placebo in your trial, but how do you correct for the placebo effect in the case of a dietary trial? You can't: Low-fat foods seldom taste like the real thing, and no person is ever going to confuse a meat entree for a vegetarian substitute. Marion Nestle also cautions against taking the diet out of the context of the lifestyle, a particular hazard when comparing the diets of different populations."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto (Get the book.)

"In 2006, a randomized double-blinded trial of 225 men over age 49 concluded that this botanical was no more effective than a placebo in treating this problem.2 What am I to do? This is the same as asking: What is the appropriate basis of authority for my (or any individual's) medical decision making? In 2005, a best-selling book asserted that the medical establishment (pharmaceutical companies and physicians) purposefully keeps natural cures of deadly diseases off the market, that it chooses making money over our health. We don't buy it."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"A meta-evaluation of five major studies involving more than 12,000 patients found similar results. Treatment led to fewer heart failures (13.7% to 18.9%) and fewer deaths from any cause (23% to 26.8%)P For other conditions of the heart, ACE inhibitors do not seem to be effective. In the PEACE Trial, 21.9% of the treatment group, compared with 22.5% of the placebo group, died within five years. "

- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Pharmaceutical companies would be gone, as would the drugs they manufacture—as would the placebo effects from those drugs! Perhaps it was the wine—a favorite bottle from the Rhone Valley— that stimulated my question. Or maybe it was the spring air. Fran and I were just finishing a lovely pasta and homemade pesto dinner on our deck, our table framed by pots of bright red geraniums. As though on cue, a huge heron had flown by moments ago, its wings pumping air in slow motion. In the dusky eve, tree frogs began their noisy chant."

- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"In the study, one group of people received a placebo (an inactive pill), another group took a supplement combining omega-3 and vitamin E, and a third group received that combo plus niacin. The latter trio best improved cholesterol profiles and helped protect against inflammation and oxidative stress to the point that lower doses of the supplements could be given. How could these three seemingly different supplements demonstrate such powerful effects in the body? First of all, they aren't the strange bedfellows you might think."
- Elaine Magee, Food Synergy: Unleash Hundreds of Powerful Healing Food Combinations to Fight Disease and Live Well (Get the book.)

"Half of these boys got a multiple vitamin and mineral capsule; the other half got a placebo pill. Within two weeks, the kids on the vitamins became more compliant, escape attempts and fights dropped 75 percent, and surliness almost disappeared. There was a 5 percent change in the placebo group, but nothing significant. In six weeks, the placebo group got the vitamin capsule, and the incidence of antisocial behavior got better to the same 75 percent as the other group had. But the group now on the placebo began to go back to their old antisocial behavior."
- Lendon H. Smith, M.D., Feed Your Body Right: Understanding Your Individual Body Chemistry for Proper Nutrition Without Guesswork (Get the book.)

"Not surprisingly, the publications and the marketing emphasize the relative reductions, which get up to 40 percent or so because the incidence in the placebo groups is only around 10 percent. These fractures are defined as a 15 percent decrease in the height of a vertebra for risedronate and 20 percent for alendronate—not as a decrease in the incidence of acute pain or likelihood of an important alteration in posture. Risedronate is reasonably safe and well tolerated in the short run. Alendronate ran into problems with irritation of the esophagus."
- Nortin M. Hadler MD, Worried Sick: A Prescription for Health in an Overtreated America (Get the book.)

"Some of the women took green tea supplements with breakfast, lunch, and dinner; the others took placebo pills. After two weeks on this regimen, the women taking green tea extract had lost twice as much weight as the placebo group. Results were even more impressive after the full month of the trial; the green tea users had three times the weight loss of the women who were simply dieting.12 The caffeine content of green tea is part of the reason that green tea promotes weight loss."
- Lester A. Mitscher and Victoria Toews, The Green Tea Book (Get the book.)

"Evaluation of the participants found less soreness, improved pain threshold, and no mood change with those taking the protease supplements over the group who took the placebo. Enhanced recovery can improve overall physical performance. The enzyme support mechanism for athletic performance is tied to circulation and oxygen availability. Proteolytic enzymes help the blood circulate more effectively throughout the body by reducing fibrin (a protein produced in the blood that causes blood to clot), which can decrease circulation and reduce oxygen uptake."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"Wong: Holistrol's' double blind placebo controlled research was highlighted by the American Heart Association at the 2003 Inter-American Society for Hypertension conference. During this 12-week study patients with mild to moderate hypertension were given either Holistrol or a placebo for 8 weeks. Afterward blood pressure monitoring continued for another 4 weeks. The FDA approved clinical trial found that: • Holistrol treated subjects showed a quick response: most of tfie patients' blood pressures were back to normal in 2 to 4 weeks. • Holistrol subjects reported improved energy and mood."
- Dr. David W. Tanton; Ph.D., A Drug-Free Approach To Healthcare, Revised Edition (Get the book.)

"Benedetti of Italy's University of Torino medical school are finding direct evidence that the placebo effect is physical. Dr. Benedetti gave Parkinson's patients a placebo and measured the electrical activity of individual nerve cells in a movement-controlling part of the brain. Those neurons quieted down, a decrease in firing that reduced patients' muscle rigidity and allowed them to move more easily. To further prove the power of belief, Dr. Benedetti hooked pain patients to a computerized morphine injection system."
- Ray Dodd, BeliefWorks: The Art of Living Your Dreams (Get the book.)

"Forty women with moderate photoaging of the skin were randomly assigned to either a placebo group, where they drank a harmless but inactive potion, or a group that followed a regimen of 10 percent green tea cream and 300mg twice-daily green tea oral supplements. The clinical trial lasted for eight weeks. "Participants treated with a combination regimen of topical and oral green tea showed histologic improvement in elastic tissue content," concluded the six authors of this study. "
- Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald, Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (Get the book.)

"For healing effects that are said to be mind-mediated only, the placebo effect is provided as an explanation. ž So far as consciousness goes, we have two discrete categories?awake/aware and asleep/unaware—and a third called the subconscious/unconscious, which tends to play a slight to nonexistent role in conventional medicine. Generally, the subconscious is considered to be linked to "unknowing" and consciousness to "knowing." In other words, consciousness is linked with the sen-sorium, that is, the sensory apparatus of the brain."
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"The design was ambitious: 439 adolescents (age 12—17) with major depressive disorder were randomly assigned to one of four treatment groups: Prozac (chemical name, Fluoxetine) along with cognitive therapy, Prozac alone, cognitive therapy alone, or placebo.37 Treatment lasted twelve weeks and took place at thirteen academic and community settings between the years 2000 and 2003. Those receiving drugs were monitored six times; cognitive therapy "designed to restructure the negative thought patterns typical of depression," took place in fifteen sessions."
- Gerald E. Markle and Frances B. McCrea, What If Medicine Disappeared? (Get the book.)

"Faecal recovery and absence of side effects in children given Lactobacillus F19 or placebo." Functional foods for EU-health in 2000, 4th Workshop, FAIR CT96-1028, PROBDEMO, VTT Symposium 198, Rovaniemi, Finland, 72. Miettinen, M; Voupio-Varkila, J.; and Varkila, K. "Production of human tumour necrosis factor alpha, interleukin-6 and interleukin-10 is induced by lactic acid bacteria." Infection and Immunity 64 (1996): 5403-5405. Sal-minen, S.; Laine, M.; von Wright, A. et al. "Development of selection criteria for probiot-ics strains to assess their potential in functional food."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"The study, which will include forty patient volunteers, will be double-blind—patients will either receive a placebo (no drug) or BCG. The researchers will evaluate whether BCG reduces the number of defective cells that attack and kill the insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetics. Using blood tests to determine how many defective cells are still active, Faustman and Nathan will be able to see whether the mouse cure is working in humans. The clinical trial is already approved by the FDA."
- Donna Jackson Nakazawa, The Autoimmune Epidemic (Get the book.)

"If it is so powerful that it can change the state of our body and mimic the effects of pharmaceuticals, then why has medicine ignored this natural healing capability for so long, dismissing it derisively as the placebo effect, and why isn't there a Manhattan Project of health care to explore and harness it? At heart, each of these cases highlights how things as immaterial as mind and thoughts or fields of information play a role in health. The fact that these seemingly miraculous stories are real—and there are hundreds of other such stories in the world's medical literature?"
- Peter h. Fraser and Harry Massey, Decoding the Human Body-Field: The New Science of Information as Medicine (Get the book.)

"The study compared individualized high potency homeopathic preparations against a placebo in 81 children with acute diarrhea. The treatment group benefited from a statistically significant 15% decrease in duration. The authors noted that the clinical significance would extend to decreasing dehydration and post diarrhea malnutrition and a significant reduction in morbidity. Source: nationalcenterforhomeopathy."
- Heather Caruso, Your Drug-Free Guide to Digestive Health (Get the book.)

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