Absolutely, placebos have been recognised as being beneficial in treating many medical conditions for as long as there have been carers.
Do placebos really work?
Depending on the medical condition, the statistics say they will work for some of the people for some of the time.
Does the placebo effect work if you know you are taking a placebo?Research indicates that the placebo effect works even when a patient knows that they are taking a placebo.
As far back as the mid 60s, the primary finding of a study published in the medical magazine ‘General Psychiatry’ was that patients can be willing to take placebo and can improve despite disclosure of the inert content of the pills. A more recent study conducted at the Havard Medical School was carried out on sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) where they were informed about the make up of the pills they were given during the study period. Not only was it made absolutely clear that these pills had no active ingredient and were made from inert substances, but the pills actually had 'placebo' printed on the bottle. The results demonstrated that the placebo pills were more effective at relieving symptoms compared to receiving no treatment by a significant margin.
Does a placebo have any side effects?
There are no physical side effects so long as there are no active ingredients. Although there was a clinical study conducted in America over several years where women were given a placebo for a non-chronic condition. At he end of the trial the placebo was withdrawn and 30% of the women reported withdrawal symptoms.
What are placebo-world’s capsule cases made from?
Our capsule casings are made from vegetable material – Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) and purified water. The capsule cases contain no preservatives, gelatin, wheat, animal by-products or starch, and they are made from pure cellulose of either pine or poplar.
What's in the capsules?
Our capsules come in three varieties – each with a pinch of faith, hope and positive thinking. The ingredients are made up of either Sucrose, Lactose or Xylitol.
What's the difference between the capsules, pills and pillules?
All the ingredients are equally in-active. However the perception of the effectiveness can be influenced by how they look to a patient. There have been studies demonstrating that different coloured placebo pills give different beneficial effects and that a large pill will be more effective than a small one and (you may not want to hear this one) the more expensive the placebo pill the more effective it is.
What does placebo treat?
Pretty much anything you want it to. However, we never recommend that you ignore medical advice or prescriptions prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner.
What is the recommended placebo dosage?
You can take as many or as few a you like - we recommend that you start with a small dosage – one per day, you can increase this if you feel it will benefit you. Because there is no active medical ingredient you cannot overdose – but then again too much of anything is not good for you - so be sensible!
What if I have glucose intollerence?
If you have a glucose intollerance we recommend either the lactose capsules, lactose pills or the xylitol capsules, xylitol pillules.
What is Xylitol?
is a 100% natural sweetener that occurs naturally. It can be found in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. It also occurs naturally in our bodies. Pure xylitol is a white crystalline substance that looks and tastes like sugar. Xylitol is considered a “sugar-free” sweetener and importantly the body does not require insulin to metabolize xylitol which is why xylitol produces a lower glycemic response than sucrose or glucose.
If you do have diabetes it is important to consult your doctor or diet professional before incorporating xylitol into your daily diet.
Will I improve my capacity to study if I take a placebo?
It might - try to concentrate on your academic goal each time you take a placebo and make a note whether that helps your performance.
Can I use placebo while on antibiotics?
Placebo complements any other medicines and therapies.
Can I use placebo while driving a car, flying an aircraft, riding a bike or operating heavy machinery?
Yes, with complete safety.
Will a placebo help my athletic performances
More and more studies are drawing the conclusion that placebos can have a significant affect on sporting performances which has lead to calls for their use to be regulated.
Will a placebo show up in drug testing?
No – you can’t test for nothing (an inactive ingredient). But it is possible that it will improve your performance though.
Can I use Placebo while trying to become pregnant?
Oh yes – the placebo effect happens.
Can children take a placebo?
Yes, especially effective with a little TLC.
How do I store the placebos?
Just keep them dry and store in a cupboard, draw, handbag, briefcase, car, first aid kit, sports bag.
If placebos are so good - how come no one sells them?
You tell us - we want to know just how good they are. contact us
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