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If you did a double blind experiment on placebos, would you have to give both groups a plaecebo? 
What about the anti-placebo effect ?...Can ewe give people bona fide specific medication and have them believe it is a placebo for there to be no effect ?
The Placebo effect is real, and seems to be statistically significant even when knowing that you are taking it, according to new research, so you was 'on the dot' there Imatfaal. Why it is real? 'The last thing we lose is hope' someone said once, maybe that is it?
Whenever I hear placebo effect, I kept thinking about homeopathic remedies.Placebo effect is definitely real.
I've always wondered if the placebo effect is real and what experiments have shown it be real, and what is the mechanism behind it. This would seem to be an important question for two reasons - 1)the placebo effect is part of the reason for having double blind control groups in studies, and 2) if it exists, why not enhanse it, why not find even more effective ways to convince or trick people into thinking they will get better, instead of giving drugs with possible risks and side effects.I don't believe the placebo effect is real for a few reasons. 1) Sometimes diseases go away on their own. They fizzle out, or the body heals itself. And that is not the same as a placebo effect. 2) I think patients sometimes lie, and report feeling better when they really don't because they don't want to disappoint the doctor who is trying to help them. They don't want to appear negative and complaintive. 3) And from personal experience, I have taken a drug fully expecting it to work, and was really surprised when it didnt.And I've experienced the opposite as well - I've been doubtful something would work and was surprised when it did. My expectations did not seem to alter the outcome, at least not for me.