Sometimes you get what you pay for
Sometimes you get what you pay for

Here at PDRater, I like to impart a little bit of medical knowledge when I can.  I’ve shown you how swearing can reduce pain, blue M&M’s can heal spinal injuries and now…  sugar is much better for you than previously thought.

Scientists are discovering that placebos are becoming more and more effective.  In order to determine a particular drug is efficacious, they need to perform controlled tests using the real drug in one group and another group taking fake (usually just sugar) pills.

There is no logical reason placebos should have any effect, let alone an effect similar to the real drug being dispensed to the non-control group.  The only explanation I can think of is that people are putting so much faith in the healing power of modern medicine and drugs that they are literally thinking themselves better.

So… what have we learned today?  As best as I can tell, we’re supposed to curse and eat sugar and candy. 1

Thanks Wired!

  1. Photo courtesy of Scroy65 []

National Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month

Some days I have a ton of ideas and will put together two or three posts.  Other days I’m far less prolific.  I’d say on average I put together one post a day and jot down two other ideas.  Forcing myself to write a little bit every day is probably good training for NaNoWriMo.

That nigh unpronounceable word is short for National Novel Writing Month.1 This free website connects people across the United States World2 with the goal of having every participant write a 50,000 word (about 175 pages) novel from November 1 through midnight on November 30.  While you don’t need their website to do this, it acts kind of like a support group for those participating.  Not everyone finishes, but as their website says, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right?”3

This is something I’d love to do, but I really doubt I’m going to have the time any time soon.  Apparently, the secret is to write like crazy, leaving all the editing for later.  After all, its NaNoWriMo not NaNoEditMo.   :)

  1. I suppose it really is pronounceable.  “Nah-No-Rye-Moe” []
  2. Via the Internets, of course. []
  3. They say so here. []