The Power of the Placebo

by Ken Malloy

When I hear the word “placebo,” I always think of the sugar pill.

The image of a doctor handing a patient a bottle of capsules with a great flourish, “Take these, they are very powerful and they will do the trick!” The patients takes the sugar pills, believes it’s powerful medicine and the pain goes away.

The notion that symptoms can disappear simply by the power of suggestion is a compelling one. However, it is widely accepted that a placebo is never a cure and use of a placebo as treatment is bad medicine.

So, why is surgery for TMS a placebo?

The entire experience of having surgery is VERY significant. From pre-surgical consultations with a doctor to post-operation care and rehabilitation. The entire experience makes a powerful impression on the mind that indeed, something important has been done to relieve the TMS.

Of course, surgery can never heal TMS since TMS has its basis on the mind.

And, if the pain reoccurs after surgery, this indicates that the surgery was NOT a powerful enough placebo. And, even when the surgery is declared a “success”, the patient will get other TMS symptoms elsewhere.

I know of a woman who had knee replacement surgery for excruciating pain. After the post surgical discomfort subsided, she was pain free for two weeks. Then her other knee started hurting. She realized that she didn’t need her knee replaced. It was just TMS!
Then, why is TMS not a placebo? Because, the diagnosis of TMS is not giving you faith. It is teaching you the true cause of your pain.