Friday, June 20, 2008
…In the Spring 2008 issue of Univ of Chicago Medicine on the Midway is a story on how some doctors are passing the sugar pills to patients in the hopes that their belief in this “cure” will help.
…231 docs were surveyed—half had prescribed placebos.
…Now this part is really wacky, if it is to be believed. Supposedly, a third of those recommending fake medicine said, “This is substance that may help and will not hurt.” Nine percent said it’s “medicine with no specific effect.”
…They justify this because the human mind is so strong it can sometimes talk people into feeling or being better.
…HA also read about some placebos for kids some parents have concocted and are selling. The theory seems to be that small children demand medicine and need to be satisfied with bogus elixirs.
…HA has enough reservations about the doctor-patient relationship in this, the first decade of the 21st century. Thinking of these people trying to fake her out and pharmacies stocking M&Ms or whatever as medicine…well, don’t ask.
...Or maybe we should. Ask, that is. "What is this stuff, doctor? Fake or fabulous?"
...Get a name. Look it up. Ask the pharmacist. Something!