Daniel Jacobs began innovating a “Placebo App” back in 2013 that was designed to treat individuals for common struggles and various forms of sickness. His design was to simply apply the placebo effect through the usage of a mobile-application—for your ipad, phone, or computer. In less than 2 months Jacobs raised the $50,000.00 required for the project start-up, and has ever since been working diligently to share his success and app.
What’s a “Placebo”?
The word Placebo originates from Latin and literally means “I will please”. Contrary to “Nocebo” treatments scientific professionals and researchers have attempted to utilize in the past, the placebo is not meant to cause harm. Why a trusted health professional would want to ‘harm’ their patient is unbeknownst to most. Perhaps it’s because of the added value of distracting or ‘reversing’ the original condition or sickness.
Placebo treatments have been applied by both medical professionals and scientists over the years in various forms, ranging from pills to injections to treat their patients for various medical ailments.
Whether or not Placebos are effective strictly depends on each case in which it’s applied, the conditions, any underlying conditions, and a host of other variables. Taking all of these variables into consideration, it’s most understandable why such a treatment-approach could be ‘hit or miss’ with patients—or in this case, Placebo App users.
How could a “Placebo App” help me?
Dependent upon what you are attempting to independently or cohesively with your medical professional treat likely has the primary influence on whether or not a placebo of any sort will be effective in treating your conditions, including a desire to stop something harmful from entering or remaining in your body.
Smoking for example, could arguably be combated with a Placebo App, since something as simple as a daily, or sporadic throughout the day reminder and imagery of something associated with its dangers or risks could strongly influence your likelihood of quitting.
It doesn’t even have to be something negative, like a diseased lung or other disturbing image.
Quite frankly, it could be something as simple as a picture of a family, or your dream house. In essence, something that you aspire towards and deep inside yourself know you risk ruining the chance to accomplish if you continue your self-destructive habit of smoking—in this instance.
Does Science justify Placebo application in patients?
Placebo treatments do arguably treat some patients in an effective manner, dependent upon the environments involved, if it’s controlled, and other variables associated with self-care—as well as added medicinal support or treatment.
In reality, there is no “solve-all” medicinal solution to any illness in the world to-date—that we know of at least. Science demonstrates this time and time again, thereby furthering the complexity of how we can approach such personality-dependent unhealthy habits, such as over or under eating, alcohol usage and abuse, or other harmful chemical habits or addictions.
A 2010 Harvard Medical School study on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients that included the usage of placebos turned out to be partially effective in treating IBS in some of its placebo recipients.
Does this mean a placebo will always work? Of course not. No more than one could realistically anticipate the time and date until which they will live.