Thomas Physical Therapy April 2019

How the Placebo Effect Works

Clinic/ Workshop Upc ming Workshops PATIENT APPRECIATION WEEK APRIL 8–12 All past and present patients are invited to stop in, say“hi,”enjoy a treat, and be appreciated! First, you need to be conditioned to accept the placebo as the real deal. For example, the placebo has to look like the medication it is meant The placebo effect works. Study after study has confirmed it. The question is how. Numerous studies have shown placebos are most effective for aches and pains, as well as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and depression. The placebo effect even works if you’re aware you’re taking a placebo. With that in mind, a person can’t just start taking placebos (or sugar pills) and expect a placebo effect. There is a strong psychological component. This may mean seeing a doctor or participating in a drug study to get the ball rolling. There are three challenges a person needs to overcome for a placebo to be most effective: conditioning , expectation , and belief .

to emulate. You might start treatment with the real medication and eventually transition to the look-alike.

Then, you must expect it to work. There must be an indication that the placebo is “real.”This might be a doctor telling you it’s real and effective, or it might be previous experience taking a certain medication. In your mind, if the real drug worked, so will the look-alike. Lastly, you need to believe that when you take the placebo pill, it will do what you think it’s supposed to do. Belief is a powerful tool, and when you believe it’s going to help, the placebo will be most effective. In pain studies, for example, some people experienced the same reduction in pain as they would have experienced had they taken typical, over-the-counter pain medication. Keep in mind, however, that the placebo effect affects each person differently.

Recipe courtesy Food &Winemagazine



4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

12 ounces pasta, ideally fusilli

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 pound broccoli florets

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1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 carrots, shredded



1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano

Sarah Thomas, PT & Krista Ghaffarian Oakes, RYT

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

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Kosher salt, for pasta water


1. In a large pot, liberally salt water and bring to a boil. Add fusilli and cook according to package directions. Add broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper during the last 2 minutes of cook time. 2. Drain the pasta and veggies, reserving 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. Return pasta and veggies to pot. 3. In a large skillet, heat olive oil tomediumheat. Add garlic and cook until translucent and golden, 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until tomatoes are wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in reserved pasta water.

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4. Add tomatomixture to pasta pot, stirring to coat evenly. 5. Divide into bowls, top with Parmesan cheese, and serve.

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