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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: Personally, I try to scrimp and save every penny, and I do a good job of it.

    Every health generating activity or item that is close to free is ignored because no one is getting paid to promote it. Every older person should drink 8 glasses of water a day (with mineral supplementation. I use hard spring water, so I don't need much in the way of mineral supplementation), but you will never hear about it because no one can make enough money off of it to spend the time and money to promote it. No conspiracy or greed here; just the way life works: people have to make a living.

    I also see that people fancy that the exotic is going to make them healthy. So some berries or herb from the Western Ghats in India is suppose to be so ultra-cool for your health, but apples are ignored. Apples just aren't exotic enough.

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