Richard Knox of NPR introduces to us a fascinating article about the power of the mind in thinking that a pill works when trying to cure an illness. Knox uses two specific illnesses to help show the impact of a placebo in migraines and asthma attacks. With each study you see the impact of people using the real medicine and people using the placebo. The interesting result was that people didn’t really notice the difference between the two. But as they delve in deeper they began to see that the placebo helped dull the pain for a short time but the people who took the real medicine felt better in the long run. One of the doctors interviewed states that the information provided was not made to undermine certain drugs but to encourage doctors to make their talks with patients positive. To read the full article click here.