CureOrBust wrote:she sincerely said I would be surprised how many people on the saline arm on previous trials she was part of, complained of "flu like symptoms"
Hmm...interesting. The "nocebo" effect.
discussion by one Dr. Here: http://host.madison.com/news/local/ask/ ... 963f4.html
That sounds more like the power of suggestion to me.
Researcher: "Did you experience any flu like side effects?"
Patient: "Well, maybe. I felt a little off. Sure, why don't we call it flu like."
Utter nonsense. My first Avonex injection incapacitated me for 24 hours with the worst fever I have ever had. At one point all I could do was lie on my bed with an ice pack on my head and watch the color blobs float around on the ceiling. While things improved somewhat over time, I continued to have bad side effects typical of Ifn-B for about 18 months which included fevers, chills, shakes (sometimes so bad I could barely walk), muscle spasms, and what I call "mash potato brain" the day afterwards just to name a few. Nocebo? No chance.