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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: Agreed, Harald! The prevention has always been my main focus, and you can't do that with the current healthcare system. It's suppression of symptoms, not cure. And now we're relying more and more on expensive tests to see if there's a problem. More focus on diet and exercise is needed, and conversations on how that can be accomplished! I always tell people if you put poor fuel in your car, don't expect it to run well. Fuel is your food! (without GMOs)
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      Oct 24 2013: Agreed, also let's not forget the psychological health. Many diseases are psychosomatic and probably can be prevented if the mind is in healthy conditions.
    • Oct 24 2013: Finally something we can agree on.

      Thing is, this particular problem isn't rooted in the healthcare system. Its rooted in culture and social norms, which are much harder to reform, and are much less subject to both business and legislative initiative.
      After all, its not your insurance or your doctor preventing you to exercise and eat well; they'd both readily advise the opposite in fact. It mostly comes down to self discipline, a most elusive craft.

      The one big prevention method that is in fact the domain of the healthcare system, vaccination, they actually do quite well.
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        Oct 24 2013: True, it is to a big degree a cultural issue. People want instant gratification, without much of an effort. Unfortunately, this is also true for health.
        People take their health for granted until they get sick and even then usually fight only the symptoms but not the underlying root cause.

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