The Placebo Effect; Is this how most medications work or maybe they don’t have to?
A number of years ago while working a marshall arts tournament, I had the pleasure of speaking with a medical physician who was working with us who casually admitted that most of what he did was due to placebo. I was floored by his honesty, however, placebo cannot be ignored since the human mind is quite powerful.
Leslie Stahl examined this in detail during 60 minutes which aired on 2/19/12. There have been numerous instances where placebo has reduced knee pain through fake surgeries, people have had healthy gall bladders removed and their symptoms abated after the operation even though the organ was healthy. Many drugs used by psychiatrists have been shown to work because of placebo as well.
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Do antidepressants work? Since the introduction of Prozac in the 1980s, prescriptions for antidepressants have soared 400 percent, with 17 million Americans currently taking some form of the drug. But how much good is the medication itself doing? “The difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people,” says Harvard scientist Irving Kirsch. Will Kirsch’s research, and the work of others, change the $11.3 billion antidepressant industry? Lesley Stahl investigates.