I find the article to be skewed heavily in one direction. For example, the placebo effect is discussed as it pertains to adults. However, if you bring infants into the equation, the placebo effect should have no effect whatsoever. After all, a 1 year old child doesn’t know the difference.

And there are countless times I have seen where infants are healed through homeopathy, in which the placebo effect could have no direct impact.

And let’s not forget that the mind is a very powerful healing tool. Monks have been shown to do amazing things with their mind, from healing to slowing their heart beats down to a handful of beats per minute. So if the majority of people taking something feel they are going to get better by taking it and they do, then mission acomplished.

By the way Donncha, never been to Ireland, but going next year. Can’t wait.