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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 28 2013: @Gerald O’Brien

    Ask your own family homeopath. I do not plan to do your research for you. Time to move on. I suggest you do the same.
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      Oct 28 2013: Research? Why? I don't care about explaining how water memory affects the immune system because I don't think it's physically possible. What I thought, though, was that SOMEONE HAD DONE THIS RESEARCH and come up with results that got people like you convinced. But I can't find anything on internet.
      So I thought you knew. Obviously, you do or you wouldn't believe any of this. Or would you?
      The sad thing is that you seem annoyed by these questions, where you should be curious. You don't owe skeptics explanations, but perhaps you owe them to yourself. And finding out you don't know as much as you think you do is fun. I think it is.
      But I get it.
      And I hate myself for not being the least surprised.

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