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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 24 2013: There are so many problems with health care today, Frank. Thanks for your comments. Most people spend twice more money through taxes and through direct payment than any other country, here in the US. Families must decide whether to put food on the table or pay their medical bills. It's a disaster. I see so many people with problems created by the health care system, including just this week a 4 month old baby (both children the mother delivered were C-section) that was on TWO prescriptions for acid reflux (as was his sister), and had been vaccinated against pertussis, yet he came down with it (and was tested positive). This has just got to change.
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      Oct 24 2013: The main problem I see in the health care system is the lack of focus on prevention.
      Spending effort on prevention would make much more economical sense than later having to pay medical bills.
      People change the motor oil (prevention) in their cars regularly, knowing that failing to do so eventually will lead to engine damage. Yet, they don't care enough about their own bodies. Makes no sense to me.

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