The Spontaneous Remission Project has a database compiled by the Institute of Noetic Sciences with over 3500 case studies in the medical literature of patients who have gotten better despite incurable illnesses.
Within the database, you will also find several medical cases where patients were given fake treatments, (a sugar pill, a saline injection, etc.) but responded as though they were given the real medication. They were cured of a sickness that could be measured and confirmed within their physiology by doctors. This is known as the “Placebo Effect”.
Here’s where things get a bit dark:
There is also a negative effect that seems to work the same way in reverse called, “The nocebo effect”. In some studies, patients became ill if they found out that their treatment was fake (a placebo). Just knowing seemed to have a negative impact on their health. The sicknesses returned as if going back to a normal state in the absence of a lifesaving experimental medication.
What we know so far for when it works:
There is no scientific reason for it to work
The effect can’t be predicted
It doesn’t work on everyone
It works in absence of any real treatment
Fatal illnesses are cured after a convincing lie is introduced
Patients can become sick after being told the truth