Thursday, March 23, 2006

Mind, medicine and the placebo effect



'The placebo effect and all psychosomatic phenomena indicate that the mind affects body function – dramatically. We cannot say that, "there was nothing 'wrong' with the person anyway", for even pathological and physiological symptoms can disappear when the individual's mind is convinced that they will get better. And the reverse is also true. And like brain and mind function, nobody – from a conventional point of view – has any idea what on earth is going on...' More

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