‘ But its all about the placebo effect, surely?’ he said, a smile playing about his lips now. ‘A nice lie down with somebody listening to your problems and giving you a nice massage is always going to make you feel
better’. This is where knowing what reflexology research is out there can knock this argument on the head. Because as Ben Goldacre of the Guardian is fond of saying…. It’s a bit more complicated than
By the time my conversation with the consultant had finished, I think it fair to say he was a little better informed than when he threw down the gauntlet in the first place. I wonder whether he will have more questions for me after tomorrow’s appointment? I’ll keep you posted.
Incidentally, I highly recommend Goldacre's book 'Bad science' for an insight into research, good and bad.