We link our news and articles to relevant clinical studies
Clinical studies can be excellent to know about – they can let you know what benefits can be available from your practice, they can boost your morale, increase your resolve and can be generally uplifting.
Only lay people, not clinical experts, are involved in choosing which studies to mention on this site. To avoid any possible downsides, however, we only mention studies on this site that:
- are from reputable research teams and institutions
- have no drug company or other commercial involvement
- fit the general pattern of known or credible benefits – nothing outlandish or revolutionary in any way, until at least two other studies back up the findings
You, the reader, also need to be aware that the conclusions published in studies rarely apply to everyone who took part in the study. If you were able to repeat the study for yourself, you might get more than the average benefit, you might get less, and of course you might get no benefit at all. In the main, though, if you take the attitude that the probable benefits are worth whatever changes you decide to put into place we believe you won’t go far wrong.
A quick word about the placebo effect in studies:
There is a long established practice of dismissing results of studies as being “no better than placebo” – in other words, no better than a fake or dummy treatment, usually given to the control group that the real trial results are being measured against. However, it is often the case that both the placebo group and the genuine trial group show good benefits, so “no better than placebo” is a statement that can often mask a positive, beneficial outcome. The very fact that people have faith in what they are doing, rather than feeling helpless, hopeless or victim hood in any measure, is enough to trigger genuine healing, placebo or not – (see http://jomarchant.com/ ). So, a placebo effect, or something as good, is often well worth having! Don’t be put off by “no better than placebo!”