We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The placebo idea has a long history, back to ancient Greek medicine. However, in my experience the placebo effect, such as it is, seems most powerful in the ignorant and the suggestible. Hence the enduring popularity of quackery like naturopaths and homeopaths.
While it remains true that modern physicians often recommend treatments with marginal effects, those marginal effects are likely not imaginary.
I am struck by the similarity of this post and the previous one. Dr. Bliss writes
the placebo effect, such as it is, seems most powerful in the ignorant and the suggestible.
The previous post was about global warming. I believe one could argue that windmills and solar energy are placebos for the True Believers in global warming. And the True Believers are indeed, "ignorant and suggestible."