How can that be?

Things that don’t add up: the puzzling challenges of placebos Estimated Reading Time: 3 min, 59 sec As noted last blog, there is mounting evidence that placebos seem to defy traditional reasoning by somehow producing meaningful results. In their systematic review, Hurst et al. (2020) found a small to moderate Read more…

Adventures with placebos

The blue cream will stop that muscle soreness… Estimated Reading Time: 4 min, 10 sec Over my career I’ve thoughtlessly disparaged hundreds of gadgets, exercises, training techniques, supplements and suggested superfoods – discounting all as simply placebos. I’ve done this when the science and logic seemed shonky, but without really Read more…

Dis functional…

Estimated Reading Time: 5 min, 13 sec As buzz words go, ‘functional’ is everywhere. Functional fitness has even made it into the top fitness trends for the past few years (Thompson, 2019). I know the term ticks many boxes and implies that something is real, authentic, and a natural part Read more…