This is a special sort of "bonus" podcast where we discuss with David Fifer a topic that was brought up entirely for fun: the nocebo effect. Take a listen as we provide some real life examples of this phenomenon in action.
Nocebo effect can be thought of as the opposite of the placebo effect. Essentially, even when someone is exposed to a substance or product that is inert, with the suggestion they can have a negative impact. This is opposite of the placebo effect which is meant to be used for positive benefits of an inert substance.
Recently, the nocebo effect has been seen with the recent fentanyl scare. There have been excellent discussions by toxicologists who have explained why this is a myth and we have discussed it before, as well.
In the post, we also talked about a very recent example of observing a nocebo effect in action when there was a potential gas exposure and people started coughing. Listen to the podcast for details and what happened next.
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