May 3rd, 2004

Ferrets

Advantages Of Being Dumb

A lot of "treatments" (often of the herbal/holistic variety1) offered for various ailments are complete crap. The only effects they have, if they have any at all, are due to the placebo effect. And since the placebo effect doesn't work if you know something is just a placebo, the drug store has rows and rows of remedies which only work if you're ignorant or gullible.

1 I'm not saying that all herbal/holistic/natural/alternative/whatever remedies are bogus; only that some are basically snake oil in pretty packaging.