placebo effects and opioids
jkenner at cello.gina.calstate.edu
Fri Nov 3 12:58:57 EST 1995
silmorat at usp.br writes:
> A couple of years ago someone told me pacebo effects could be blocked by
> naloxone (or was it naltrexone?). I got back to the topic and now I need a
> reference. Can anyone help me? Thanks in advance.
Its not blocking _placebo_ folks... its blocking _endorphins_. Endorphins
may be made by a placebo effect (a psychological condition) but
describing a chemical as blocking a placebo effect is, well, a strange
way of putting anything.
If there is an apparently active chemical in use, distinguishable from an
ACTUAL placebo, then the chemical is not a placebo. Just because it might
have an opposite effect to another drug doesnt mean its blocking a
placebo effect that emulates that other drug - it may very well do
something quite the opposite!
I read a study that suggested that said that naloxone was extremely
effective vs. placebo in blocking the experience of religious euphoria in
churchgoers... which I thought was quite funny in light of the Marxist
position on religion (opiate of the masses)... anyways, no one else
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