Stuff I Hate–Homeopathy


I don’t really care if people want to waste their money on useless remedies, that’s their own business.  I do care if people end up getting sicker or even dying because they thought that the homeopathic remedy would help them. 

The whole premise of homeopathy is an offense to logic.  I have to believe that if people knew what it meant that they wouldn’t believe it would work, although I am probably much too optimistic. 

Homeopathy is “A system for treating disease based on the administration of minute doses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthy individuals similar to those of the disease itself,” according to thefreedictionary.com.  It was developed by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann about two hundred years ago. 

Even if there was any reason to believe that “like cures like,” the amount of the curative material is so diluted in the solution that it disappears.  Some homeopaths explain this away by saying that water has “memory.”  Why it chooses to remember the drug instead of all the other things (some no doubt toxic) that have passed through it goes unexplained.  

Skeptics recently staged a series of events where they “overdosed” on homeopathic remedies to show how ineffective they are.  Reading the homeopaths trying to explain why no one was harmed is good for a laugh.  People need to know that there is no scientific evidence backing this pseudoscience and maybe articles like this one from the Daily Mail will help to get the word out (although they are much too kind to the homeopaths): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-148109/Proof-homeopathy-doesnt-work.html 

Here is an excellent article that goes into depth on what homeopathy is, why it doesn’t work and why some people believe in it in spite of the evidence.  http://www.skepdic.com/homeo.html

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