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1. "I find placebos uplifting and exhilarating. It means that taking action--no matter what the action is--might help you feel better."
Author: A.J. Jacobs
2. "At this time we should take a brife moment to mention quacks: alternative therapists who sell vitamins and homeopathy sugar pills [the latter of which, by definition, contain no active ingredients], which perform no better than placebo in fair tests, and who use even cruder marketing tricks than the ones described in this book. In these people profit at all from the justified anger that people feel towards the pharmaceutical industry, then it comes at the expense of genuinely constructive activity. Selling ineffective sugar pills is not a meaningful policy response to the regulatory failure we have seen in this book"
Author: Ben Goldacre
3. "You are a placebo responder. Your body plays tricks on your mind. You cannot be trusted."
Author: Ben Goldacre
4. "Give someone who has faith in you a placebo and call it a hair growing pill, anti-nausea pill or whatever, and you will be amazed at how many respond to your therapy."
Author: Bernie Siegel
5. "I became a human placebo."
Author: Bobby Sherman
6. "Placebo is music for outsiders, by outsiders and our gigs are like conventions of outcasts, which is cool."
Author: Brian Molko
7. "A placebo is a phony cure that works. This is very hard for the medical profession to get their teeth around because they hate placebos, but scientifically, placebos work in about 30% of cases that are psychogenic diseases."
Author: Charles Jencks
8. "Prayer… panacea for some, placebo to others. I thought of it as an epidural administered through the soul to anesthetize the mind."
Author: Clyde Dsouza
9. "Our analyses of the FDA data showed relatively little difference between the effects of antidepressants and the effects of placebos. Indeed, the effects were so small that they did not qualify as clinically significant. The drug companies knew how small the effect of their medications were compared to placebos, and so did the FDA and other regulatory agencies. The companies found various ways to make the data seem more favorable to their products, and the FDA helped them keep their negative data secret. In fact, in some instances, the FDA urged the companies to keep negative data hidden, even when the companies wanted to reveal them. My colleagues and I hadn't really discovered anything new. We had merely revealed their 'dirty little secret'."
Author: Irving Kirsch
10. "Fake vitamin pills. Placebos. I sell them, because I sell hope."
Author: Jarod Kintz
11. "When believers have a low view of God, everything focuses on meeting felt needs within the body of Christ. When the church adopts such a perspective, it often offers people nothing more than spiritual placebos. It centers on psychology, self-esteem, entertainment, and a myriad of other diversions to attempt to meet perceived and felt needs."
Author: John F. MacArthur Jr.
12. "A few years ago, Tor Wager, a neuroscientist at Columbia University, wanted to figure out why placebos were so effective. His experiment was brutally straightforward: he gave college students electric shocks while they were stuck in an fMRI machine. (The subjects were well compensated, at least by undergraduate standards.)"
Author: Jonah Lehrer
13. "For me, as a beginning novelist, all other living writers form a control group for whom the world is a placebo."
Author: Nicholson Baker
14. "Like ugly Asian babies, valid superstitions don't exist. At best, any perceived effect of a superstition is you merely psyching yourself out. Think of it as an asshole placebo."
Author: Orlando Winters
15. "Many traffic signs have become like placebos, giving false comfort to the afflicted, or simple boilerplate to ward off lawsuits, the roadway version of the Kellogg's Pop-Tarts box that says, "Warning: Pastry Filling May Be Hot When Heated."
Author: Tom Vanderbilt

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