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This episode of BBC2’s “Horizon” series was first shown on 17 February 2014, to investigate placebos.  These are the miracle pills that shouldn’t really work at all. They come in all shapes and sizes, but contain no active ingredient. Now they are being shown to help treat pain, depression and even alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The programme looks at why they work, and how we could all benefit from the hidden power of the placebo.  Conventional wisdom is that if the patient knows he is being given a placebo, it will not work, so doctors have to lie to their patients and tell them they are being given medication.  However, during a trial carried out at Harvard Medical School, it was found that 62% of patients who took part obtained adequate relief from their severe IBS symptoms, even though they knew they were taking a placebo.  It was suggested to them that their own self-healing process would help.  The programme considered that in future perhaps suggestion by way of hypnotherapy could replace the placebo, and obviate the need for doctors to lie to their patients.

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Professor Kathy Sykes from Bristol University, earlier this year presented a new series on alternative therapies, starting with hypnotherapy. Trying to combine hard science with populist telly, she asks the one big question – does it work? The answer is a qualified yes. She watches a woman having two teeth pulled out under hypnosis without any local anaesthetic. The patient feels virtually no pain and her pulse rate remains flat, while Professor Sykes is nearly sick. But there seems to be almost no scientific explanation as to how it works. Claims that it can help people to lose weight or give up smoking may be true, but – according to this programme – it’s no use when it comes to breast enhancement. Lest you were wondering.” 



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