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Dr. Wayne B. Jonas Explains The Placebo Effect

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Since Medieval times, traces of placebo can be found in medical practice. It began as a way to ease symptoms, but over the years has been found to be a way to actually treat patients. According to Dr. Jonas, the placebo effect, is a form of healing that modern doctors should pay attention to and that healthcare system should begin assimilating into everyday practice. Continue reading “Dr. Wayne B. Jonas Explains The Placebo Effect” »

One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill: Putting Color of Healing in Context


Meaning and context are essential elements of healing. Sometimes called the placebo effect, meaning and context refer to how a treatment is delivered rather than the efficacy of the treatment itself. For healing to be optimized for any treatment, you need the expectation of an effect and you need its social meaning delivered in the right context. 

Meaningfulness is not just about what you’re thinking in your head. It’s about your deep, core beliefs and that of the social group in which you live. It’s what the cultural belief is – what your physician believes, what you believe, and what your family and society believes is real. Continue reading “One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill: Putting Color of Healing in Context” »

Controversial Treatments, Myths Debunked and Lessons Learned


With the push to find a “cure” for the signature injuries of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatments have been highlighted as a potential solution to address post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and concussion from traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Today’s issue of JAMA Internal Medicine includes a commentary [i] that Dr. Charles W. Hoge [ii] and I were invited to submit on a new study of HBO for TBI. Continue reading “Controversial Treatments, Myths Debunked and Lessons Learned” »