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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: Gerald O'brian
    Andorra City
    Andorra

    75 years young, and I never could decide how to pronounce Homeopathy.
    I never looked into it at all, not ever.

    Those of you who needed it, used it, benefited from it, Great.

    For me, It was, and I guess still is, just another word I cannot understand.

    Snake-oil, or real deal? Heck I don't know. If no one has gone to jail then
    it was probably ok. But who cares. I get sick, I get well, or off to the VA.
    The VA has the nation's best system of Hospitals and Clinics. Those of
    you who want Health Insurance, God help you. Hillary Clinton tried to sell
    you the same snake-oil during her husband's first term. Wiser heads said no.
    Now you have listened to the pied piper Obama. What fools ye mortals be.
    • Oct 23 2013: I see about a couple dozen vets with PTSD and TBI. The VA doesn't handle so well what homeopathy swiftly rights. Some had been trying to get relief since 'nam.
      • Oct 24 2013: Renita, Thank you for your aid to vets.

        I cannot criticize severely against homeopathy, nor speak openly and loudly
        to defend it. I just don't know it, or anything about it.
        If it works, Great.

        Barbers used to pull teeth, and now 100 years of Dentists haven't found
        a true working relationship with medical doctors.

        Renita, we live in a strange world of non-acceptance, or political voodoo.
        I administered a healthcare company, and because the charges were so
        high for non-medical services, we excluded them, along with those pre-
        existing conditions. Otherwise people could not afford the premiums.

        In the 1960's-70's premiums for major medical were $11 a month and for a
        family of 5, $23 more. A $50 deductible, The first $1000 for accidents paid
        at 100%. Major Medical 80/20 with a $250,000 cap. Do you see why today's
        Corporate Health Insurance is in a premium-disaster mode?

        Health Insurance companies have a terrible history of payment. Justified, over
        and over again. Those who think that Obamacare is going to work will wake up
        some day to the fact that their money is gone. and the Corporate Health Insurers
        will need the same bail-out we gave the banks. Hillary Clinton tried to do the same
        thing during her husband's first term. She called into her office, all the largest
        Insurers of the day. They told her how to set up a Health Insurance program for
        our nation. Somehow, back then, wiser heads said no.

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