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Your science is giving me a headache!

Posted By Loolwa Khazzoom On September 1, 2010 @ 11:18 pm In Mind-Body Medicine | 2 Comments

Our mind is so powerful that if we simply think we are taking a drug, our body may respond identically to that of someone who is in fact taking it. For decades, conventional medicine has poured millions of dollars into controlling this well-known “placebo effect.” The idea was to effectively study the power of pharmaceutical remedies by getting rid of any potential interference. The most interesting and revolutionary discovery, however, was the one being straight-jacketed in studies: the power of the mind-body connection. We rely on scientific evidence to help us distinguish between effective and ineffective treatments. The politics of science, however — often motivated by money, power, and fear — may in fact lead us to trust that which can hurt us and mistrust that which can heal us.

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