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The 'care effect'

From the April 1, 2013 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

“Forget the placebo effect: It’s the ‘care effect’ that matters”
© 2013. All rights reserved. Originally published on www.wired.com. Reprinted by permission.


Americans spend $34 billion a year on so-called alternative medicine—botanical pills, acupuncture, energy healing, and the like—despite the fact that few of these techniques are backed by any science. Study after study has rejected the ability of such treatments to cure.