Placebo effect is a very powerful treatment. It might as well be magic.
Worked for Schering-Plough for a few years. They were on Stage III of their own viagra they were working on together with Merck (who ended up buying them later but I was in Florida by then).
Anyway, it was very effective. So was placebo.
So, they couldn’t continue because there was not enough statistical difference between the two. There was some (I don’t remember the percentage) but it wasn’t enough to be justifiable.
I can’t condone prayer/hero worship WITHOUT using known medical treatment.
However, as a SUPPLEMENT to medical treatment, Yes. _Whatever it takes_ that isn’t a financial con operation or dangerous that activates a powerful placebo effect in the individual, I fully support.
In short, a kiss on the head from the Pope as a supplement to her treatment might have been just enough to get her “over the hump” into full recovery.
It’s a mistake to consider, “just the placebo effect”.
There’s no “just” about it. It’s quite powerful.
The opposite is also true. You can will yourself to death even with otherwise effective medical treatment. That’s also part of the placebo effect. Why does it work that way? I don’t know the mechanisms but I know it’s powerful and not a dismissible thing at all.
But it’s power is what makes it dangerous in the hands of scam artists. Their products *do* work: they activate placebo. They just don’t work in the way they say they do. That’s the scam.