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Friday, March 28, 2014

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Sorry I'm not up on the "famous" studies of the placebo effect.
Could you share the source for, "In one famous example, people who took placebos were shown to live longer than those who forgot or refused to take them. This bizarre finding only makes sense when you consider that "compliers" are simply different from non-compliers."
Sounds fascinating.
Thank you,
Carl

Dear Dr. Dodes,
thank you very much for this most important information. Your conclusions are probably as or even more relevant for the counseling and treatment of pathological gamblers and the frequent referrals of these clients to Gamblers Anonymous (GA). We just published a study on the effects of the recently very generous funding of "addiction" research and treatments for gambling "addicts" in Germany. The acceptance of addiction treatments by this client population was very low, in spite of intense media campaigns over the past 5-6 years. The drop out rate after the intake interviews was about 50%. Of those who entered the 8-12 session programs, few took more than 5 sessions. Most of the positive effects described are highly questionable. Frequently clients are advised (in the outpatient addiction couselling units) to join a local GA group. Although GA groups in Germany not always follow the 12 steps program of AA, we were told, that there is a movement to return more strictly to this model also in the GA groups.

Dear Carl,

The result we cited arose from a study called the:

Coronary Drug Project from the 1970's, and we borrowed the reference from an article by Gary Taubes in the New York Times. The reference appears in our book, and I've reprinted it here: "Taubes, G. Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy?. New York Times, September 16, 2007."

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