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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: I am reminded of the fact that homeopathy is very cheap and can even be done at home for many problems. This is a threat to pharmaceutical $hits.
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      Oct 23 2013: Judging from the people I know, homeopathy users are constant consumers whereas other people only purchase medecine when they are ill.
      Of course, a few billion dollar industry is no match to the hundreds of dollar industry of pharmaceutics.
      But pharmaceutics sell medecine...

      Anyway, yeah, people I know keep buying cheap pellets but also more expensive aroma therapy and essences and cristals and creams and you name it. The thing that bothers me is the habit of consumerism linked to supposed well-being. Homeopaths are the first to advocate that the body can heall itself, yet there is a solid ideology that getting rid of toxins or stress or bad energy is reached through a constant workout of shopping quack items and potions.
      The fact that the homeopathy isn't broke is proof of its failure.
      • Oct 27 2013: Please don't bring in aromatherapy, crystals or even hopi indian ear candles. They have nothing to do with homeopathy and are used by people who use mainstream medicine as much as by people using homeopathy. Homeopathy is not usually prescribed on a constant basis. Eg. After a homeopathic consultation you are most likely to be prescribed 3 pills to take over 24 hours and wait one month to see what results there are . I realise that this will also sound unlikely to maionstream users, but the point is that the dosage rate is very low.
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          Oct 27 2013: True. But I don't think it's a coincidence if homeopathy users don't mind taking other kinds of alternative medecine as well.
          Everybody I know who believes homeopathy is more than a placebo also believes in eating according to bloodtype and ambre necklaces to prevent infant tooth aches. Really.
          Also, they distrust mainstream science as a whole. And I don't think that's reasonnable, especially when they gladly jump on the first pseudo-scientific dubious theory PROVING that microwave ovens are deadly.
          Alright, I'm not saying homeopathy doesn't work. I'm not saying there aren't any good things about the way homeopaths deal with their patients. But for the name of Jesus Christ people should ask for explanations or it's the end of the world. And I blame alternative medecine for accustoming consumers to unclarity. "Like cures like" is a proverb, not an equation.
          There is more intellectual hazard than people realize in this laziness.
          I've had no answers yet to my numerous questions concerning homeopathy.

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