• Question: If placebo works , then, if you are dying , if you convinced yourself that you were fine, would it have an effect on you or not?

    Asked by margoth to Emma, Ed on 1 Feb 2019.
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      Emma Meaburn answered on 1 Feb 2019:

      I think if you were dying (due to injury or disease), then trying to think yourself well would not ultimately change the outcome. BUT it might help you live a little bit longer, or reduce the number of symptoms or pain you experience?
      Scientists will have performed randomised studies that asked this question (for different diseases or disorders), but I’m afraid I do not know of any specific ones.