How much of our body's response to food is in "our minds?" And, if there is a placebo effect, is this a bad thing? How can we leverage this unreality to our benefit? I say if it's "just" the placebo effect, well, great! Feeling better and improving your health without medication side effects -- absolutely!
But -- as you know if you're suffering gut issues, the stomach IS a second brain -- will this make the expression, "it's all in your mind" even more frustrating when there is scientific evidence to back this up?
Mind over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach (From NPR, 4/14/2014)
Placebo Effect in the Treatment of Duodenal Ulcer (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 12/1999)
The Placebo Effect Even Works for Sleep (Salon, 2/2014)
Radiolab: Guts (Season 10, Episode 7)
"Second Brain" Found in Stomach, Intestines, Colon (HeatherDane)
Gut Bacteria Might Guide the Workings of Our Minds (NPR, 11/2013)
Nortriptyline No Better Than Placebo for Gastroparesis Symptoms (American College of Surgeons News, 5/2013)
Homeopathy is Bunk, Study Says (The Guardian, 4/2014)
Placebo Effects Are Not the "Power of Positive Thinking" (Science Based Medicine, 1/2014)