A Medical Advert

While I’d love to once in a while entertain myself by daydreaming of the day companies will come to me to blog for them, I must confess that this is not the case and I haven’t accepted any cash to write reviews of products yet. That said, however, I do actively recommend watching this video linked below for medicinal reasons. Most of us will find the product very useful indeed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CU52YAgFxX0

Now I hope you guys have watched a substantial length of the video before proceeding. If you haven’t, please go back to watch it further before reading on.

So, yup, now that you know the truth about the whole matter, what do you think of the placebo effect? Does it really work the way the video depicted? If the placebo effect really trumps conventional medication, why do we even need medication? What kinds of ailments can be treated with placebos and what can’t? After all, things like cancer can be really fatal if it goes untreated for long. Surely such diseases are no laughing matter and we can’t rely on the folly of the human mind to “get over” them.

Also, if it’s been proven that placebos can heal people, then how do we justify paying huge amounts of money for genuine medicine? And how can we be sure that the medicines we’re buying with all this money aren’t a placebo? The thing about placebos is that deception is an integral part of it, making the question of ethics very pertinent. Would you rather be deceived and get well, or be told the truth and render the medicine ineffective?

So maybe releasing placebos into the pharmaceutical world is a really bad idea. And yet on the other hand, if placebos really work, it’s similarly just as unethical to charge people money to buy expensive genuine medicines when cheap placebos are proven to work just as well. There are poor people all over the world with no access to quality healthcare. If placebos can work on them, then is it just as bad to deprive them of this hope? And yet if we do use placebos on the poor, everyone will know — including the poor themselves — that those are placebos because they’re so cheap, and then the placebos won’t work anymore. So it seems that the poor are doomed to never be cured by any means.

I like how I’m making increasingly absurd arguments, but they do make quite a bit of sense to me — granted that of course I’m not very analytical and can’t counter-analyse every argument, especially my own, and most of the time such nonsensical-sounding arguments can be quite easily disputed by somebody who knows what he’s talking about. But the idea of dishonesty being beneficial and even necessary is an interesting and counter-intuitive one, and don’t forget to watch Episode 2 of the same series, where apparently he causes a religious experience in an atheist scientist.

But of course most people suspect that the videos were filmed with hired actors and the whole thing was a double delusion — deception on-screen and off-screen, you know. That’s a very unexciting theory and I prefer not to believe that because it makes my life a lot less colourful. Conscious self-deception. I believe this is a very important ingredient to placebos too.

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