Science Vs

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episode 9: Placebo: Can the Mind Cure You?


Could fake medicine actually take away your pain or treat a disease? We dig into the science of placebos to find out more about the power of the mind to heal. We speak to medical researcher Prof. Ted Kaptchuk, neuroscientist Prof. Fabrizio Benedetti and medical psychologist Prof. Manfred Schedlowski.

Check out the full transcript here: https://bit.ly/2Jrb3Rj 

Selected References: 

  • Great summary paper on placebo: https://bit.ly/30cFSzd
  • Ted’s IBS “open label” placebo study with Linda…: https://bit.ly/2E2O4Zk
  • Fabrizio’s high altitude headache study: https://bit.ly/2vMZj3z
  • Manfred’s first immunosuppression study with the green drink: https://bit.ly/2VXPDll

Credits: This episode was produced by Wendy Zukerman, with help from Rose Rimler, Meryl Horn, and Michelle Dang. Our senior producer is Kaitlyn Sawrey. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Editing help from Caitlin Kenney. Fact checking by Michelle Harris. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music by Peter Leonard, Emma Munger and Bobby Lord. Recording assistance from Fabian Mirko May, Mary Dooe and Maggie Penman. A huge thanks to all the scientists we got in touch with for this episode, including Dr. Diletta Barbiani, Dr. Cynthia McRae, Dr. J Bruce Moseley, Professor Apkar Apkarian, Professor Jon Stoessl, and others. And special thanks to Lynda McKenzie, the Zukerman family, and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.


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 10 May 2019  32m