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Homeopathy Awareness Week

Posted in Neurologica by Skepdude on June 15, 2009


According to the British Homeopathic Association (does that mean the fewer members they have the more powerful the group?) June 14-21 is Homeopathy Awareness Week. I would like to do my part to increase awareness of homeopathy.

I would like people to be aware of the fact that homeopathy is a pre-scientific philosophy, that it is based entirely on magical thinking and is out of step with the last 200 years of science. People should know that typical homeopathic remedies are diluted to the point that no active ingredient remains, and that homeopaths invoke mysterious vibrations or implausible and highly fanciful water chemistry.  I would further like people to know that clinical research with homeopathic remedies, when taken as a whole, show no effect for any such remedy.

In short, homeopathy is bunk. But here is a somewhat longer description of its history.

Homeopathy was founded by Samuel Christian Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician who had become dissatisfied with the medicine of his day. Hahnemann lived in a time before the rudiments of modern medicine had been developed, before the germ theory of infectious disease, before the first antibiotic, before systematic testing of drugs for safety and efficacy, before surgical procedures were performed with anesthesia or sterile technique. In his century, it is fairly safe to say, conventional medicine was more likely to do harm than good, and hospitals were a place people went to die, rather than get well. It is no surprise, therefore, that Hahnemann sought for an alternative to the classical approach of his day.

For many years Hahnemann’s search was unsuccessful, until he stumbled upon what he thought was an amazing observation. He took a small amount of cinchona bark, which contains quinine, the drug used to treat malaria, and developed the symptoms of malaria. From this observation he developed homeopathy’s first law, similia similibus curentur, or let likes be cured by likes. In other words, drugs which cause specific symptoms can be used to cure diseases which cause the same symptoms.


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  1. freedomhomeopathy said, on June 17, 2009 at 5:34 PM

    For every skeptic of homeopathy: You don’t know till you try! Why is this system of medicine the primary treatment source for most people of India, Cuba, and Europe? Next time you injure yourself–skeptically try an Arnica montana for trauma, bruising and to stop the bleeding. Homeopathy even works for skeptics! This form of medicine is growing in popularity everyday, all over the world, because people are having results. They don’t care if there isn’t any molecule of the substance left in the dilution, because it works. Denying the potential action of homeopathy is denying that there is anything that exists on an energetic level. There is more to life than what we can see with our eyes. Homeopathy harnesses the energy of the substance in the process of repeated dilution and succussion, or shaking vigorously. People who have improved from homeopathy know it works because they feel better. That is all the proof the everyday skeptic needs.

    • Skepdude said, on June 17, 2009 at 7:06 PM

      No that is not all the proof the “everyday skeptic”, whatever that means, needs. Tell you what, next time you break a bone go to your homeopath, next time your appendix ruptures, go to your homeopath; next time you sever a finger, go to your homeopath.

      Homeopathy has been growing in popularity lately, although I wouldn’t tout India and Cuba as good examples. The reason is that people fall for the faulty reasoning you so elegantly display in your comment. People are gullible and could not tell right from wrong if it was smacking them on the face.

      Homeopathy has been discredited in every aspect by all intelligent people. The people that still stick by it are the ignorant, the stupid and the gullible. Which one are you?

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