Placebo Quotes

Quotes tagged as "placebo" (showing 1-17 of 17)
Brian Molko
“Music has touched me deeply, sometimes to tears. But at the same time it's been life-affirming, because I've been grateful for the fact that I'm alive and human and capable of being so moved.”
Brian Molko

Larry Dossey
“Eventually it became clear that our emotions, attitudes, and thoughts profoundly affect our bodies, sometimes to the degree of life or death. Soon mind-body effects were recognized to have positive as well as negative impacts on the body. This realization came largely from research on the placebo effect—the beneficial results of suggestion, expectation, and positive thinking.”
Larry Dossey, Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing

Oliver Gaspirtz
“Although I'm an atheist, I try not to crap all over people's belief in God. It may be nothing more than a placebo, a fairy tale that gives the hopeless hope, but sometimes a little hope is all people need to get through the day. Imagine a unit of soldiers under heavy enemy fire. They are told by their superiors to hold their position, even in the face of overwhelming fire power. The soldiers are being told that reinforcements are on the way, and that thought alone gives them the hope and courage to continue fighting, even if ultimately the reinforcements never arrive. I think some people simply need to believe that God is sending them reinforcements, to get through another day.”
Oliver Gaspirtz

Sarah Perry
“Just as the desperate, terminally ill cancer patient often turns to expensive placebos for an imaginary chance at more life, the desperate, terminally alive sad people turn to expensive placebos for a chance to imagine a decent life.”
Sarah Perry, Every Cradle is a Grave: Rethinking the Ethics of Birth and Suicide

Chloe Govan
“Raw, alive and honest to the point of disgusting it's listener, Placebo set out to inspire mystery and confusion. Admitting to relishing groups who could make their audience vomit with the sheer intensity of their musical vibrations, Brian clearly knew how to make an impact. Discussing sonic overload with unsettling enthusiasm, he claimed "Some frequencies can make you physically ill or make your bowels loose. The Swans used to do it. By the end of gigs people would vomit because the frequencies were so nasty.”
Chloe Govan, Misunderstood - The Brian Molko Story

“For people who are depressed, and especially for those who do not receive enough benefit from medication of for whom the side effects of antidepressants are troubling, the fact that placebos can duplicate much of the effects of antidepressants should be taken as good news. It means that there are other ways of alleviating depression. As we have seen, treatments like psychotherapy and physical exercise are at least as effective as antidepressant drugs and more effective than placebos. In particular, CBT has been shown to lower the risk of relapsing into depression for years after treatment has ended, making it particularly cost effective.”
Irving Kirsch, The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth

Éliphas Lévi
“Occult Medicine is essentially sympathetic. Reciprocal affection, or at least real goodwill, must exist between doctor and patient. Syrups and juleps have very little inherent virtue; they are what they become through the mutual opinion of operator and subject; hence homoeopathic medicine dispenses with them and no serious inconvenience follows.”
Éliphas Lévi, Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual

David Mitchell
“Prayer may be a placebo for the disease of helplessness, but placebos can make you feel better.”
David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

“One clear-cut fact does, however, emerge: placebos, prescribed for a paranoid schizophrenic by his authority referent, had served to inhibit for approximately two or three months, not imaginary pains, but somatic ones. This finding is probably the most striking of all the findings reported herein for either Joseph or Leon. It demonstrates most dramatically the positive effects which can be achieved by suggestions originating with the paranoid schizophrenic's own delusional authority figures. This finding is all the more remarkable when one remembers that paranoid schizophrenics are typically negativistic, that, because they view other people with suspicion and mistrust, they resist suggestions that others make. But our data clearly suggest that paranoid schizophrenics are, like everyone else, quite capable of following positive suggestions when they originate with positive referents. In this respect, the major difference between normal people and paranoid schizophrenics lies not so much in the fact that the schizophrenics are less suggestible but in the fact that they have no positive authorities or referents in the real world; if they have any at all, these positive referents exist only in the world of their delusions.”
Milton Rokeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti: A Psychological Study

Ben Goldacre
“Problems in medicine do not mean that homeopathic sugar pills work; just because there are problems with aircraft design, that doesn't mean that magic carpets really fly.”
Ben Goldacre, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Sylvia Plath
“I felt Mr Willard had deserted me. I thought he must have planned it all along, but Buddy said No, his father simply couldn't stand the sight of sickness and especially his own son's sickness, because he thought all sickness was sickness of the will. Mr Willard had never been sick a day in his life.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Brian Spellman
“My psychiatrist diagnosed me a Hypochondriac. I said, "Okay, can you prescribe me a placebo?"

"Not for Type-2 Hypochondriacs," he said. Your types would just fake faking. Then we'd have a real problem.”
Brian Spellman, If the mind fits, shrink it

Candess M. Campbell
“Doctor, I’d like a bottle of placebo please.”
Candess M. Campbell, 12 Weeks to Self-Healing: Transforming Pain Through Energy Medicine

Gary   Hopkins
“Believe in what makes you Healthy, because everything else is just garbage.”
Gary Hopkins

“Skeptics might argue that pharmaceutical companies will fight anything that casts their products in a dubious light - especially if it results in people using lower doses across the board - but the truth is that, for many drug companies, reliable information on the placebo effect can't come soon enough. To pass muster, a drug must outperform placebo. But a 2001 study of antidepressant drug trials showed that while drug efficacy is rising, placebo rates are rising faster. It's almost ironic; the factors behind this are many and varied, but a significant contributor is our society's knowledge of - and belief in - the power of medicines. The pharmaceutical industry's palpable success means that unless something radical happens, it could soon be, like the Red Queen, running to stand still.”
Michael Brooks, 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time

Joan Ferrés i Prats
“En el efecto placebo una sustancia inocua pero que aparentemente no lo es produce un efecto real por la falsa conciencia de su no inocuidad. En la experiencia televisiva un producto aparentemente inocuo produce un efecto real precisamente por la falta de conciencia de su no inocuidad.

El efecto placebo produce sus efectos terapéuticos gracias a las expectativas de la persona. La experiencia televisiva produce sus efectos socializadores precisamente por la falta de expectativas. Si en el efecto placebo el paciente abre las puertas de su psiquismo por la fe que tiene en el tratamiento, en la experiencia televisiva el espectador deja abierta las suyas por ingenuidad y desconocimiento del poder socializador del medio.”
Joan Ferrés i Prats, Televisión subliminal: Socialización mediante comunicaciones inadvertidas

Keith R. Holden M.D.
“Your mind is the most powerful thing in your control.”
Keith R. Holden M.D., Power of the Mind in Health and Healing