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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 29 2013: Gerald, you obviously don't have the scientific education to keep up with research in the nano-particulate field and unfortunately it seems ego is bashing brains out. You certainly don't have the qualifications to be an arbiter of what constitutes "valid" theories, arguments, or what constitutes a well conducted experiment. What you are offering are philosophical opinions, and those along with $2.00 will get you a ride on the subway.
    Next time you see your family doctor, I suggest you ask the question "Why?" every time s/he makes a statement and see how quickly s/he runs out of answers and kicks you out.
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      Oct 29 2013: " Gerald, you obviously don't have the scientific education to keep up with research in the nano-particulate field "

      Touché. I agree.

      " You certainly don't have the qualifications to be an arbiter of what constitutes "valid" theories "

      But I do. I have a simple rule of thumb : a valid theory brings understanding about something.
      So if I don't understand a theory there are two possibilities : either I'm missing key information (which is the purpose of me asking so many questions about homeopathy), or there's something illogical about the explanation.
      I definitely have the qualifications to know when I'm missing information.
      And I'm definitely qualified to know when something is illogical. Because logic is not subjective, nor is it a matter of education.
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      Oct 29 2013: Of course I ask "WHY" when I visit a doctor!!! We all should!
      A doctor that kicks you out is suspicious. Most doctors are happy to explain what the medecine he prescribes will do to your body. I don't bother him with questions about basic chemistry, though, because that's not his job, and because basic chemistry is not the issue.
      It WOULD become the issue if his medecine challenged my understanding of the laws of physics, for instance if the pills floated in the air.
      Or if he was prescribing less than a molecule...

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