The contagious thought that could kill you.

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Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.

It’s a consistent phenomenon, but medicine has never really dealt with it — Ted Kaptchuk, Harvard Medical School

We have long known that expectations of a malady can be as dangerous as a virus. In the same way that voodoo shamans could harm their victims through the power of suggestion, priming someone to think they are ill can often produce the actual symptoms of a disease. Vomiting, dizziness, headaches, and even death, could be triggered through belief alone. It’s called the “nocebo effect”.
 

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Nocebo effect didn't work for me. For a year and a half I avoided going to a dermatologist because a mole on my shoulder looked like one of the type moles indicative of skin cancer. Finally I went to find out it was not.
 

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This is junk science.

"In the same way that voo doo shamans could harm," should have been a big enough hint.
 

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