Therapy is Not a Placebo
Establishment physicians generally allege that patients who report feeling
better and apparently act as though improved, are experiencing a placebo
effect. There are several facts that invalidate this alleged explanation:
1. Typically, the chelation patient comes to the chelating physician as a last
resort. He has received little or no relief previously. If the reported behavioral
improvement is a placebo effect, how come it did not occur while under the
care of previous physicians? Since the placebo effect is hypothesized to be
linked to the confidence the patient has in his physician, and since in general,
a patient will visit that physician first in whom he has the greatest confidence,
then we would logically expect the placebo effect to be most likely to occur
while under the care of the first physician, and least likely to occur when
under the care of the last physician. By the way, let us note that rarely does
the establishment physician attribute beneficial results to the placebo effect
rather than the modalities he employs.
2. True placebo effects generally occur after the first application of a treatment.
But very seldom do chelation patients report feeling better and improved physical
performance after the first treatment. Very often a patient will have 10, 15
or 20 treatments before reporting a beneficial result. Such cases can only
rarely, if at all, be attributed to a placebo effect.
3. The extremely dramatic results, such as a patient not being able to cross
a room without puffing, and improving to being able to chop wood all day (I
know cases of that sort) cannot plausibly be explained as a placebo effect.
4. Many patients have stopped treatment after 20 or so chelations without experiencing
improvement, only to feel better sometime after ceasing chelation. It stretches
credulity too far to believe that such cases could be placebo effects.
5. In some instances (my own is one example), the patient experiences benefit
after a course of treatments only to have symptoms return several months after,
but with a further series, the symptoms again clear. Hardly a placebo effect.
6. My reading of the literature discloses that rarely is the placebo effect
reported as occurring beyond the 30%-35% range. But it is not unusual for chelating
physicians to obtain benefits varying from slight to dramatic above 70%. To
attribute to placebo effect such a high rate of success again stretches credulity.
Reprinted from the Port
Townsend Health Letter—Spring
the Townsend Letter online.
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