#1 - Posted: 20/08/2008 01:54
we are always inclined to attribute to placebo, the clinical successes of those treatment modalities that exceed our world-view. we must realize that if we attribute such powers to placebo that it accounts for all the clinical successes of acupuncture or homeopathy, then we have some quite powerful placebos happening. then i say, bring it on! what we need is more powerful placebos! of course it is a two edge sword. we will have to attribute placebo-success to an equal percentage of or own system's clinical successes. carrying this logic to its ultimate conclusion, all successes of all systems could be placebo, then it becomes a moot distinction. at that point who cares.
a couple of decades ago it was shown that puncturing the skin with a needle induced endorphin production. ah ha said the superior ones, that explains acupuncture. of course, then it wouldn't matter where you punctured the skin, which acupuncture point you chose, they should all work equally well. but of course that is not the case. also how to explain that needles placed in the foot relieve pains in the head. oh my my, the apemen walk around the monolith sniffing and sniffing.