If you realise – after the fact – that you’ve eaten gluten, are you more ill than you would be if you had never found out?
While the placebo effect refers to health benefits produced by a treatment that should have no effect, patients experiencing the nocebo effect experience the opposite. They presume the worst, health-wise, and that’s just what they get.
Fascinating. So if you expect the worst possible effects from a ‘glutening’, you are more likely to suffer those effects than if you believe yourself to be asymptomatic …
I suspect that there might be some truth in this, but what do you think?