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Are positive health impacts of spirituality simply a placebo effect?

Doctors prescribing placebos has long been considered a questionable practice.  But, according to new research, prescribing a placebo is a stealthy, but increasingly accepted way to raise a patient’s expectation of getting better. And it has been shown to reduce … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary! 7 Health Headlines Take Top Billing

I am lighting the candles on a cake to celebrate my one-year anniversary of publishing on the Simcoe County online paper!  Celebrate with me – fifty-two weeks – and here is the fifty-second column!  It has been an eye-opening journey … Continue reading

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A Spoonful of Sugar

According to Mary Poppins, the fictional flying nanny in Disney’s movie of the same name, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down”. But what if the medicine is a spoonful of sugar? The placebo has been dubbed the … Continue reading

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A Perception of the Placebo

A placebo is a substance containing no medication and prescribed or given to reinforce a patient’s expectation to get well.  They can be a look-alike pill made of milk sugar or another inert substance. A study at McGill University found … Continue reading

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