« A Placebo is a substance or treatment with no active therapeutic effect. This psychological phenomenon, in which the recipient perceives an improvement in condition due to personal expectations, rather than the treatment itself, is known as the placebo effect or placebo response »
A PLACEBO ACTUALLY WORKS ON ACTUAL SYMPTOMS
« Doesn’t matter if it’s a placebo, it works for me…»
« If it doesn’t help you, at least it won’t harm you!»
« For children, or for pregnant people, we can use it without fear…»
Among many others, these statements seem to justify maintaining a strange status quo: there is no need for some treatments to scientifically prove their action. This tacit agreement benefits to the many remedies that would have failed to prove their specific efficacy, while ensuring users complete safety. This safety seems enough to allay the uncertainty surrounding the evaluation of their results compared to placebo.
Who would dare to expose a possible therapeutic fraud, risking to deprive their peers of a salvatory resort to the masked placebo? Placebo undeniably induces a well-being, while limiting exposure (sometimes unrequired) to dangerous products, called “chemicals.” For benign affections, it does hold an indisputable interest.