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The Placebo Effect

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Dana Petersen Murphy
Tuesday, January 5, 2010

“Owwwwww! Right here! It hurts!” my daughter wails, pointing frantically to her ankle. I bend down to plant a kiss (“Mwah!”) right on the painful spot. If not for her pointing, I wouldn’t know where to kiss. There is no visible wound, scratch, or cut. No matter. Kisses are powerful. They can vaporize pain in milliseconds.

If a kiss doesn’t quite do the trick, try a band-aid. In dire situations, a kiss and a band-aid should cure all.

OK, I’m being a bit facetious, but not much. The power of kisses and band-aids to silence my little girl’s wails of pain amazes me.

As a mother, I embrace joyfully the phenomenon known as the Placebo Effect. It makes me feel, if only for a fleeting moment, like a superhero.

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