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Imagine living your whole life in excruciating pain, 24/7, and actually choosing to go without any pain medication. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, one man's permanent pain. And is a teenager slashing her arms with a razor a cry for help or an ancient ritual of sacred pain? Also, are placebos a myth? Danish medical researchers think so.
Dr. Ted Kaptchuk is an expert on placebos who teaches at the Harvard Medical School. He tells Steve Paulson about the work of some Danish researchers who have concluded that "the Placebo effect" is a myth. Patients given placebos have no better results than those given nothing. Also, Alan Dale, author of "Comedy Is A Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies," tells Anne Strainchamps how he came to love physical comedy and reflects on some of his favorite on-screen bits.SEGMENT 2:
Ariel Glucklich, author of "Sacred Pain: Hurting the Body for the Sake of the Soul," tells Jim Fleming about ritual self-punishment in various religions and how the experience of self-inflicted pain can seem liberating. Also, Charles Mann, author of "The Aspirin Wars: Money, Medicine and 100 Years of Rampant Competition," tells Steve Paulson how there got to be two Bayer companies making aspirin; how it was marketed in South America, and what makes Anacin different from aspirin. You can't believe the ads!SEGMENT 3:
Jimmy Palmieri talks with Anne Strainchamps about living with intractable pain. He has Behçet's Syndrome, a hyper-immune disorder causing chronic headaches, fevers, nausea, joint pain, skin lesions and ulcerations. Palmieri describes his life, explains how he became a chef in spite of his illness, and claims that his native New York spitefulness is what keeps him alive. That and his faith.Cassette copies are available at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-03-31-A.
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