Why crackpot medicine sometimes works

January 5, 2013 § 4 Comments

Sometimes placebo effects help, even if you know it is a placebo.  Sometimes actual treatment reduces your quality of life and can even kill you.

It follows that for some patients some of the time crackpot medicine will result in a better outcome than going to the doctor.

§ 4 Responses to Why crackpot medicine sometimes works

  • Dystopia Max says:

    Half-apologia for Protestantism accepted, now please explore what happens when the doctor’s governing boards, hospitals, and paymasters become so riddled with non-doctors or barely practicing doctors that crackpots get better real-life results based solely on the fact that they’re honestly trying to make people better.

  • Zippy says:

    Oh, it is just gonna get uglier still from here, Dystopia Max. (The Protestantism comment went right over my head though).

  • Dystopia Max says:

    Make cryptic statements, get enigmatic replies. But since your recent postings have shown a greater willingness to use common speech to solve common problems, let us leave the ugliness for another time.

  • Zippy says:

    Even my friends accuse me of being “Delphic” sometimes in my writing, which I think is a charitable way of saying obscure. In that light you may or may not find it amusing that I meant this post completely straight: no metaphor, no enigma, just wysiwyg.

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