A common comment about Placebo Power is, “This couldn’t have been a placebo response. The results were too dramatic.”
Placebo Power is universally underestimated and undervalued.
According to Stephen Barrett, M.D., of Quackwatch, homeopathic remedies depend on the placebo effect and spontaneous remissions.
Of course, the same is true for allopathic pharmaceutical remedies, something he deliberately fails to mention.
He (“Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake,” 2009) wrote …
“Placebo effects can be powerful, of course, but the potential benefit of relieving symptoms with placebos should be weighed against the harm that can result from relying upon – and wasting money on – ineffective products. Spontaneous remission is also a factor in homeopathy’s popularity. I believe that most people who credit a homeopathic product for their recovery would have fared equally well without it.”
Well, I believe that most people who credit a pharmaceutical product for their recovery would have fared BETTER without it (by avoiding all the side effects).
Note how Doc Barrett associates the placebo effect with “relieving symptoms,” not with healing.
Germaine Greer (The Change: Women, Aging, and the Menopause, 1991) thought homeopathy was based on placebo until a remedy was effective on her dog.
But the placebo effect is transferable over space and time, consciously or unconsciously, as in the case of Silva Mind Control.
(More about placebo’s transcendence of time and space in my updated e-book, Placebo Power: Mind Over Matter, 2014.)