How much does the placebo affect enter into your paleo life? When we take supplements for this or that, do they really help us live a richer, disease free longer life? Or is it the belief they assist us doing all the good?
This video is interesting in that it makes a case that many placebo pills that have absolutely no pharmacological benefits seem to be very effective in bringing about desired results. Color and size seems to matter.
The placebo affect seems to validate Dr. K's contention that our thinking can change our DNA and therefore outcomes when it comes to our own bodies.
Are you being fooled by your mind?
While I am convinced that paleo is the best way of eating, I'm sure that a small part of its value to me is my belief in it--just as, if I were committed to veganism, that commitment would probably bring some health benefits. I don't think there's a way for me to separate that out, so I accept that there are some benefits of feeling good about what I'm doing.
With regard to supplements, I don't use them a whole lot--just D3 when I don't get sun and some magnesium. I don't think those are magic in any way, just simple ways to compensate for differences between my lifestyle and the way our ancestors lived. From that perspective, I doubt there's much of a placebo effect there.
I can see the value of supplements when someone is using them medicinally when they are trying to repair some damage from some condition. Say, for example, someone just finding out that they are Celiac, just starting out gluten free, and are trying to heal some of the intestinal damage by adding L-Glutamine and maybe a multivitamin to help with some of the possible nutrient deficiencies the disease may have caused while the body was having problems absorbing nutrients. I won't decide for them whether or not they should do it, just that I can see the logic there.
But then I've also witnessed certain supplements cure my dog's allergies. After ripping his own skin apart for almost a year and the vets just shrugging at me, he went from chewing his feet (and, if I'm honest, his butt too) to not scratching at all within 48 hours. I can't really see how my dog would even realize what I was giving him enough to cause a placebo effect in him.
But for other people I know who take gobs of supplements every day to prevent the end of the world? There's probably something to the placebo effect there.
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