In the March 29, 2010 issue of Forbes Magazine, Harvard Medical School Professor Ted J. Kaptchuk discusses how the body tends to heal itself…sort of.
In 2008 ,Kaptchuk, 62, whose “western” college degree is in religious studies from Columbia University, devised a clinical study involving irritable bowel syndrome. In a trial involving 262 patients with severe IBS, he subjected them to a fake acupuncture delivered with lots of warm talk from a sympathetic acupuncturist but involving no needles.
He found that 62 percent of those who received the fake treatment got better. Only 29 percent of a control group of patients put on a waiting list saw their symptoms get better. A third group who obtained the fake acupuncture, but without a warm, friendly talk also got better. His findings were published in the British Medical Journal.
His conclusion: “Our own will, imagination and belief can modulate the course of illness.”
I also assume that he imagined that he should be a professor at Harvard Medical School without a medical degree and voila it happened.