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Science: Health: Placebo
Placebo Placebos   (+6)  [vote for, against]
To wean people off them

I've noticed that a number of HBers are starting to abuse placebos. In order to help reduce this impending crisis I have produced fake placebos to be taken in their stead. A 2 week course of reducing doses should solve most users' dependency.
-- oneoffdave, Feb 14 2003

(?) Fisherman's Friend
Fleetwood's finest product [oneoffdave, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Maybe we need a 12-step placebo abuse program. For this to work, though, I'm afraid we'll have to charge an up front fee of $1200 per participant.
-- beauxeault, Feb 14 2003

<having joined without paying, Pluterday stands and recites Step 1>

I admit I’m powerless over my dual illness of placebo dependency and placebo-placebo dependency – and that I’ve made blissmiss miserable as a result.
-- pluterday, Feb 14 2003

I don't have a problem, and I'm definitely not in denial. And I'm not paranoid. It's you lot that keep picking on me.
-- 8th of 7, Feb 14 2003

I tried these things; they don't work.
-- angel, Feb 14 2003

Isn't he one of the Three Tenors?
-- waugsqueke, Feb 14 2003

// they don't work //

Maybe you need a higher dosage ?
-- 8th of 7, Feb 14 2003

So you're telling me these aren't the real deal???
-- futurebird, Feb 14 2003

There is going to have to be a law passed to ban these things – The Placebo and placebo analogue act.
-- pluterday, Feb 14 2003

If placebos are made out of sugar what are these made out of? Equal?
-- xnihilo, Feb 14 2003

Fisherman's Friends dyed blue
-- oneoffdave, Feb 14 2003

-- PeterSilly, Feb 14 2003

Yes, that's why they're not true placebos. Also the licorice powder in them will prevent poeple overdosing.
-- oneoffdave, Feb 14 2003

They're only saccharin, which is good because I needed so much insulin to balance my sugar pills.
-- FarmerJohn, Feb 14 2003

without that awful non-mediciny aftertaste
-- thumbwax, Feb 14 2003

you people scare me.
-- sambwiches, Feb 15 2003

died blue? Hmmm.... viagra placebo?
-- RayfordSteele, Feb 18 2003

// died blue? //

Hypothermia, most likely.
-- waugsqueke, Feb 18 2003

Placebo- Placebo-Placebo- Placebo-Placebo.....

-- cpf, Jul 03 2007

Placebo Domingo - the world's greatest operatic mime artist.
-- MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 03 2007

My doctor said take a placebo - placebo every 2 hours after feeling no pain, you see I just had sugery on my brain. I had brain sugery on my brain. Surgery.
-- evilpenguin, Jul 04 2007

I'm waiting for the patented [zen_tom] roll-outable response in which, "you get something that's addictive, try to control the use of it, and end up with ludicrous back-street scenarios."

Still waiting...
-- theleopard, Jul 04 2007

Theres a guy selling something similar at work, called Altoids.....didnt work though - Im now taking Tic - Tacs and Altoids. However he reckons that the M&M's will ease me off them............
-- S-note, Jul 04 2007

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