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This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All

This App Will Make You Feel Better, Using No Medicine At All | IOneC | Scoop.it

 

Daniel Jacobs also wants to use placebos for good. His new app, which he’s crowd-funding on Indiegogo, is an attempt to take the placebo out of the doctor’s office and into your home. He hopes it will make people feel better, and contribute further to placebo research.

 

You start by setting a goal: say, more joy or love in your life. Then, you choose someone to give you the placebo (maybe a friend or family member), what you want it to be (a pill, say), and where you want to take it (maybe a forest where you go running with a friend). You then "take" the placebo whenever you want to, following a pre-set ritual built into the app.

 

The point is to replicate what’s important about the placebo effect, which isn’t the pill itself, but the experience. "If we think about placebo as a transformational symbol, then people get to choose what placebo they want," says Jacobs. "It can be a pill, magic wand, holy book, communion wafer, or herbs. It just needs to be meaningful for them."


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Nikki Howell's comment, July 17, 2013 11:11 AM
I believe that could really work. I like it.
William Hanna's curator insight, July 25, 2013 10:58 AM

I completely believe in a "mind over matter" approach.  After all your body is capable of producing every drug you could ever find in a drug store.  What's even better, your body can administer the exact dose for the exact time required.  I kid you not!  The trick is to truely believe without a shadow of any doubt.

robyns tut's curator insight, September 26, 2013 5:01 AM

this app sounds very cool, however it makes me worry how much more we really want to depend on technology. When I first started reading the article i thought it looked amazing, but then I realised that I am on my phine so ofte anyway; always checkingfacebook and keeping in touch with friends, even when i have friends sitting right next to me. My phone destracts me from the here and the now, even though connection is great sometimes it blocks out life that is passing by so fast. Now there is something more we should depend on our Phones for, things that we should get from actual human interaction- Justine Pearce

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'Gentleman', Psy's follow up to 'Gangnam Style' already breaking YouTube records | NDTV Gadgets

'Gentleman', Psy's follow up to 'Gangnam Style' already breaking YouTube records | NDTV Gadgets | IOneC | Scoop.it
'Gentleman', Psy's follow up to 'Gangnam Style' already breaking YouTube records: "Gangnam Style" star Psy's new music video had received more than 50
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JCB Digs Big Profit In Africa And Middle East - Sky News

JCB Digs Big Profit In Africa And Middle East - Sky News | IOneC | Scoop.it
JCB Digs Big Profit In Africa And Middle East Sky News Although the Staffordshire-based manufacturer experienced weak construction equipment sales in some areas of the world, it saw business in Africa double and registered growth of 12% in the...
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CORDITO CORD WRAP

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There are some great products on Etsy, our latest crush is this stylish Cordito Cord & Plug Organizer made by Mike Macadaan from This is Ground shop.
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Kingston HyperX Beast 2400 MHz CL 11 2x 4 GB Review

Kingston HyperX Beast 2400 MHz CL 11 2x 4 GB Review | IOneC | Scoop.it
A rabid animal hungry for food, the Kingston HyperX Beast stampedes into the overclocking scene, ripping through our benchmarks like no other. Clocked in at 2400 MHz out of the...
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New HP ProBook Notebooks Announced - Geeky gadgets

New HP ProBook Notebooks Announced - Geeky gadgets | IOneC | Scoop.it
Geeky gadgets New HP ProBook Notebooks Announced Geeky gadgets HP has announced a new range of its HP ProBook Notebooks, and the new models come with a thinner and lighter design and are available with a range of screen sizes from 13.3 inches up to...
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On a roll: bendable gadgets ahead of the curve

On a roll: bendable gadgets ahead of the curve | IOneC | Scoop.it
The touted arrival this year of wearable gadgets such as computer displays strapped to wrists and in wrap-around glasses is just a step towards a bigger revolution in screens - those that can be bent, folded and rolled up.
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Twitter buys Aussie start-up We Are Hunted

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Twitter has bought Australian tech start-up We Are Hunted, fuelling speculation it will move into the music industry.
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Samsung Galaxy S3 battery improvements just got cheaper

Samsung Galaxy S3 battery improvements just got cheaper | IOneC | Scoop.it
Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date looms, it does not mean people are about to give up on their trusty Galaxy S3, although they do wish their current handset would have more staying … (Samsung Galaxy S3 battery improvements just got cheaper...
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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Magazines : Police must act on media exposes

Kenya is seeking to become a 24-hour economy and this seems to be rubbing off onto our collective social memory. (RT @AfricaNewsRoom: Magazines: Police must act on media exposes: Kenya is seeking to become a 24-hour economy and this seems to be...
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