The placebo effect is well known where our belief that a med or treatment will actually have an effect even though is an inert sugar pill or sham surgery.
Knowing this why shouldn't there be a Reverse Placebo Effect where our uneasy or negative feelings about a med or treatment can reduce or negate its effect?
This is important here because there are frequent posts about feeling less than human with a pacemaker, or uneasy about taking a med or meds. This can't be overcome by simple advice to "think positive". It is too deeply ingrained in us.
Being an engineer I tend to study the things medicine offers me and then make a decision that I feel good about. It drives the doctors up the wall, but that is their problem. As most of you know I pretty much manage my own pacemaker and so far have refused cardiac meds. I feel good about my pacemaker and what it is doing for me, but only because I know what it is doing.
Just a thought