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Should we let homeopathy be?

The biggest dilemma for me is that placebo is proven to work better if the physician also believes he's giving real medecine. In this view, homeopathy is the perfect placebo. Even the people making it, through laborious dilutions, have GOT to believe in it, or their high school knowledge about chemistry would make it tempting to skip the whole process and make more profit selling sugar.
It's even got quantum mechanics watching its back, losing the more curious ones in complexe explanations about just how complexe liquid water is.
And of course, the idea is fun. Like cures like. 1/1000000th of a molecule of ethanol to cure a hangover.
Sure it's tempting to ridicule the whole industry for the billion dollar quackery it is. But one might actually find that it's saving a lot of healthcare money, and that it WORKS! And it works because we let it, because we don't ask for double-blind tests...
So what's your view on this? Is homeopathy a cheap way to heall the credulous? Or has it gone too far and is part of what makes the transition to the age of reason so darn slow?

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    Oct 22 2013: isn't there like a 1 million reward for any person who can prove homeopathy works? Im sure I heard that somewhere
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      Oct 22 2013: From the Randi foundation, sure. If one can prove it works BETTER THAN A PLACEBO, this is the actual clause.
      • Oct 22 2013: The illusionist James Randi was challenged by a world renouned homeopath Dr. George Vithoulkas of Greece, but Mr. Randi backed out. James Randi Backs Out of Challenge with Homeopath George Vithoulkas

        http://www.naturalnews.com/025627.html
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          Oct 22 2013: don't research the other side of the story. it could hurt your settled world view.
        • Oct 22 2013: I am not sure whether Krisztian is advocating for or against - but I saw both sides, and I must say after 60 years on this planet, I advocate for homeopathy. And I have 3 science degrees and one in art. I am a logical but balanced-brain person. I don't seek just the science, I see there are things that cannot be explained, and look for the answers. However, I don't discount the ones I can't explain. And I don't ask others to prove anything to me. You do your own work, and make your own decisions and opinions.
    • Oct 22 2013: Yeah, but Randi, who is offering the $1 million, decides what is proof, so I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for him to decide that something is proof, no matter how good the evidence.

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