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Gerald O'brian

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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 23 2013: Homeopathy is placebo? Really? If that's true you would expect that illnesses could be ameliorated or cured with any one of the 3,000 remedies in common use. Simply take one -- any one -- and watch your illnesses fade away. But it doesn't work that way. The only homeopathic remedy which can ameliorate or cure is the one remedy that is most similar to the totality of the patient's symptoms and works well for his constitutional type. No other remedy will have an effect on the condition being treated.

    I've used homeopathy for many, many years with great success in acute conditions, chronic conditions and injuries. Sometimes the first remedy chosen gets the job done, but there are also times when I've been prescribed two or three remedies before my homeoopath finds the one that cures. My success with homeopathy over many years gives me a certain level of trust ("skeptics" would call it a "belief") and yet if the similimum isn't prescribed, I don't get better.

    There's another question we could ask, too: Why doesn't con med have the wonderful "placebos" homeopathy has?
    • Oct 23 2013: I have to agree with Christine, homeopathy is no placebo. As a patient and student of homeopathy for the past 20+ years, I have benefited immeasurably from homeopathy. The homeopathic remedy Belladonna (from my home first aid homeopathic remedy kit) helped alleviate a toothache from an abscessed tooth over a weekend when my dentist was unavailable. My husband also benefited from homeopathy for two herniated discs, documented by ultrasound and x-rays. He was able to avoid costly surgery that gave him no guarantee. Walking with a cane before homeopathic treatment by our family homeopath, my husband was playing golf a few months later. Experiences such as this, although anecdotal, convince millions of homeopathic patients world-wide that homeopathy is a safe, inexpensive health care alternative choice. We paid for our own homeopathic treatment and drove 3 hours round trip for the consultation.
      • Oct 23 2013: I have a pinched nerve between my L5 and S1 vertebra. I am under homeopathic care and acupuncture and home traction and nutritional support. It is working, but I feel like I have a way to go. Being 68 (in 1 hour and 53 minutes) probably is why it is taking so long to heal. But I use Arnica 30C for the pain and it works like a charm.
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        Oct 24 2013: Guys, there are people that swear that God helps them with their predicaments regardless of the fact that there is not the least of evidence for such god.
        People believe what they want to believe, no matter whether or not this belief makes any sense.
        This is true for homeopathy, astrology, supernatural beings, conspiracy theories and many others.
        • Oct 27 2013: This is very patronising. Surely we should respect even the beliefs that we do not ourselves hold?
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        Oct 28 2013: Angela, I really don't care what people believe, regardless of how little sense this belief might make.
        I prefer to stick with real science and not to pseudoscience, magic and superstition.

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