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What is the nocebo response?

William B. Salt II., MD
Gastroenterology
The power of belief, when positive in influence, is called the placebo response. The power of belief, when negative in influence, is called the nocebo response. Negative expectations can create negative outcomes. For example, many patients believe they will get the flu every December, and -- like clockwork -- when December comes around, they get the flu. Remember, the power of belief is neutral, like a knife. When used by a surgeon, a knife can save a life. When used by a thug, it can destroy a life. Your beliefs are like a knife. You can use them to heal or to harm.
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