Placebo does nothing for the recovery process, it only affects the recipients (or their representatives) perception. Placebos won't heal a broken bone any quicker than normal but may 'reduce' the pain feltIf the belief that one is receiving treatment can cause the brain to activate the body's own recovery processes (whatever they may be) then it opens up some interesting possibilities.
Knowing that you're self dosing with placebos defeats the object of them, one of the factors of an effective placebo is that the recipient thinks they're getting the real thing. Would you chew a handful of Smarties for pain relief?For instance, if one believes that the placebo effect works, presumably it would be possible to self-administer placebo pills and they would work just as well as placebos "dishonestly" prescribed by a doctor.
I agree, people (and the media don't help) seem to want a pill to cure everthing. When Obecalp was launched it caused a stir for exactly that reason. Reaching for a bottle of tablets for every symptom is a bad thing.In fact, why bother with the pills at all ...
You don't even need to believe it for it to be true, the body is remarkably good at what it does.maybe all that is needed is a belief that the body will heal itself of anything not serious enough to do permanent damage.
Or you could just be lucky enough to have never suffered from anything that needed a Doctors attention and sensible enough to not rush to the surgery for every cough, cold and sniffle.Could this be how I managed nearly 30 years without ever needing a doctor, until something mechanical went wrong that needed surgery?
Or a phobia about Doctors