What is the Placebo Effect?

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What is the Placebo Effect?
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Last updated Tuesday, January 31, 2017  Just mentioning the placebo effect can cause many health professionals to get quite defensive.  There is good reason for this- the placebo has had a long and coloured history, including many snake oil salesmen exploiting this phenomenon. It is only within the last 60 years that it has been
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Understanding the Placebo Effect
Image July 14, 2016 Practitioners Brian Fulton

Last updated Tuesday, January 31, 2017  Some therapists shudder at the mention of the term placebo effect, others are curious as to what it might be, still others embrace the concept. Where do you lie on this spectrum? Sticking one’s head in the sand and denying that it exists in your treatments is actually not
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Can Contextual Factors Improve Clinical Outcomes?
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Last updated Tuesday, January 31, 2017  Years ago I heard about the impressive results from placebos in several clinical trials and decided to explore the subject further to see if it was something that I, as a massage therapist, should know more about. The first book I read was The Placebo Response[i], by Howard Brody.
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Weight Management Lessons I Learned on my Health Journey
Image July 12, 2016 Healthy Lifestyle Brian Fulton

Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017 My Journey Maintaining one’s weight within a healthy target range can become increasingly difficult as we age. It would appear to be easier from some than for others. If you are one of those people whose body tends to pack on the pounds, then let me say that I
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Twenty Eight Ways To Save Your Back And Body When Doing Yard Work
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Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017  Well, spring is finally here and the gardening season is in full swing.  If you are like most of us, you get out there and overdo it, then pay for it the next day.  Worse yet, you could find yourself paying much longer than that due to a muscle
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Twenty Reasons to Not Eat Within Your Own Kingdom
Image March 17, 2015 Healthy Lifestyle,Nutrition Brian Fulton

Last updated Saturday, January 28, 2017  There is now a mountain of evidence suggesting that eating more fruits and vegetables in your diet offers many health benefits. Most of the benefits come from the addition of whole food of plant origin, (fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds etc.) because of all of the increased fibre,
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Fat- How Much Do We Need in our Diet?
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Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017   Fat affects the taste and texture of food in a manner that could almost be described as seductive. We are drawn to fats for ancient survival reasons. In nature, and in our bodies, fat is a concentrated form of energy. The body uses it primarily for energy storage
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Understanding Carbohydrates
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Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017  *The fact source for this article is THE STARCH SOLUTION by Dr. John McDougall. Roedale Inc. 2012. Dr. McDougall has written and lectured extensively on the role of carbohydrates in the human diet. There is no one with more knowledge or clinical experience in the area of carbohydrates on
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How to Read Food Labels
Image September 22, 2014 Healthy Lifestyle,Nutrition Brian Fulton

Last updated Wednesday, September 6, 2017   Label Reading 101 – Advice from Jeff Novick MS, RD, LD, LN The above picture is probably enough to scare anyone off of this topic. This is why I have created this post, which is a summary of label reading information presented in Jeff Novick’s DVD, ‘Should I
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Plant-Stock 2014
Image September 14, 2014 Uncategorized Brian Fulton

Last updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017  My Weekend at Plant-Stock, August 2014 In August of 2014, I attended the third annual Plant-Stock weekend retreat on site of the Esselstyn Family farm, in the bucolic setting of the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in upper New York State. What is Plant-Stock you say? It is a
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