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I Want The Placebo Effect [Jul. 22nd, 2009|03:01 am]
Kelly J. Cooper

There's some new scientific data that says vitamin supplements, in particular multivitamins, don't really do crap-all for you.

And honestly, I'm not surprised.

However, since my doctor told me that (several months ago), I've tapered off to the point where I've pretty much stopped taking my daily multivitamin.

And I've felt like crap.

I dunno if the two things are related since I'm still in a pretty down cycle, mentally speaking... but... fuck it. If it's a placebo effect, it's a placebo effect. I feel better when I take my fuckin' multivitamin every day with my fast-breaking high (soluble) fiber bar.

News Flash: GOLDEN CHERRIES BRING ENDORPHINS! Not really an endorphin rush - I've only ever had two of those in my life, both after prolonged and agonizing pain. More of a feeling of cheerful well-being. I had them as both appetizer AND dessert and DAMN they're tasty. (We went food shopping, and that was a Very Good Thing.)

The BF made an awesome potato, sausage, tomato, garlic THING that we both enjoy and threw in a handful of fresh peas from the garden. Sugar snap peas from the backyard also BRING THE YUM.

And I got my second bag-o-free-stuff off Freecycle today. Just some tapes for my Beetle (which only has a tape player), but that's cool, man. (The first was a pair of metal mesh baskets that stack, which I used to organize a messy corner of the kitchen.)

Finally, I got email from 2 potential new clients within minutes of each other tonight. With a little luck, my ad on The Ibbetson Street Press blog will pay for itself very soon. Although it's gonna take a lot longer for the cost of designing the ad to pay off. *sigh* Damn. Just bummed myself out. Oh well. Time for sleep.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2009-07-22 03:25 am (UTC)
Yay for THE YUM :)

I feel similarly about multivitamins. I've always tended to go with what works, rather than what the grown-ups say.

Presumably, the work you put into designing the ad for Ibbetson will also be transferable to other ads, even if you need to make changes to it. So it's a longer-term investment than just the one placement.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-22 03:28 am (UTC)

That's true, it is a long-term investment.

Although I actually have to get together enough money to pay for its creation AND pay for my next placement, wherever that may be. (Probably Theatre@First, honestly.)

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[User Picture]From: laurenpburka
2009-07-22 03:40 pm (UTC)
Just because vitamins don't have a provable benefit to an average collection of humans don't mean they don't work for you.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-23 12:51 am (UTC)
A good & valid point.

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[User Picture]From: sandhawke
2009-07-23 10:50 am (UTC)
I keep wondering whether someone should sell placebo pills.

And properly market them, of course. I mean, placebo pills work, right? This is an accepted scientific fact. (I mean, that's largely why we have these double-blind studies, etc.)

So if you bought some placebo pills, and you knew (truthfully) that placebos work, would they help you?

(Maybe I can get this logical paradox named after myself. :-)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-23 11:32 am (UTC)
Well, they'd have to spell out in detail what they'd do for you in order to work, I think.

As for whether they'd work... huh. I guess it would depend on how many people or who (famous) takes & endorses them in order to create an "if there's smoke, there must be fire" effect (known as the "Sandhawke" effect for short :).

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[User Picture]From: istemi
2009-07-23 02:20 pm (UTC)
That would be a great commercial.

Slow mo, blue skies, happy people with hair blowing in the breeze...

"Ask your doctor if Placebo is right for you. Side effects may include..."
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2009-07-24 03:33 am (UTC)
Side effects may include death. But only if you're really REALLY stupid.
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