Surgery – The Ultimate Placebo
As it turns our sham surgery is often as successful as real surgery.
Arthroscopic knee surgery was no better than the sham surgery for the treatment of degenerative changes involving the meniscus of the knee.
Vertebroplasty may also not be any better than the sham for treating low back problems.
The placebo effect of invasive procedures is so strong that sham injections were used in the evaluation of VEGF inhibitors in the treatment of wet macular degeneration. In this case the treatment performed better than the sham.
The question we must ask ourselves is why are surgeons still preforming surgeries that have proven to be no better than the sham? Perhaps they do not trust published research. If so, they may have good reason. A high proportion of research papers have been shown to have critical data and statistical errors in addition to outright fraud.
I am not sure that Medicare for All (MFA) and Donald Trump go together in one sentence very well. But Forbes suggests HERE that could be his solution to health care and replacing the ACA. I think it is about time that we give people a simple plan that covers all of the basics. maybe like Nixon going to China it will take someone like Trump to get this over the finish line. Still – there are a lot of problems with Medicare and Medicaid – Mainly their bureaucracy and poor payment levels. On the other hand it is a plan that is working…