Instead of refuting Scientologist claim, I've decided to verify them! Confused? Before the Anons go nuts.. just listen and find out where the COS and Dianetics wins would actually come from. it's like faith healing, crystals, or any other miracle cure. I've also included a special message for Anonymous.

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Placebos are inactive treatments or formulations; however a patient may experience either a positive or negative clinical effect while taking one. When a placebo is administered to mimic a previously administered drug, it may also incur the same side effects as the prior authentic drug. (See Pavlov.) Most of these effects are thought to be a psychological triggering of a physical response. Not all forms of placebo administration are equally effective, and some disease states are entirely resistant to the placebo effect. A placebo that involves ingestion, injection, or incision is often more powerful than a non-invasive technique. Placebos administered by authority figures such as shamans, general practitioners and other trusted figures may also be more powerful than when the psychological or spiritual authority figure is absent. One can see this clearly in the reaction of children to the administration of care by their mothers. The bandaide does, in fact, make the pain go away.

Placebos are, therefore, not inert, sham, or inactive in any other manner of speaking; and they may well, in and of themselves, generate considerable change within any given subject, at any given time, under any given circumstances. There is intensive research in this area. According to Shapiro:

One area that has repeatedly shown effectiveness has been the work of behaviorists working in the area of community reinforcement for addictions. Another area of research that has been strongly supported has been behavioral activation for depression.

One way of giving positive reinforcement in behavior modification is in providing compliments, approval, encouragement, and affirmation; a ratio of five compliments for every one complaint is generally seen as being effective in altering behavior in a desired manner and even producing a stable marriage.

Roughly only 30% of the population seems susceptible to placebo effects, and it is not possible to determine ahead of time for whom a placebo will work and for whom it will not.

All placebo effects eventually wear off, thus making the placebo effect impractical for long term or chronic medical matters.

This effect has been known since the early 20th century. Generally, one third of a control group taking a placebo shows improvement, and Harvard's Herbert Benson says that the placebo effect yields beneficial clinical results in 60--90% of diseases, including angina pectoris, bronchial asthma, herpes simplex, and duodenal ulcers. (Benson & Friedman 1996)

Ivan Petrovich Pavlov
September 14, 1849 -- February 27, 1936) was a Russian physiologist, psychologist, and physician. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1904 for research pertaining to the digestive system. Pavlov is widely known for first describing the phenomenon of classical conditioning.

Further Reference
Conditioned emotional reactions (The Little Albert study, 1920)

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