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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 30 2013: C'mon Nadav, just go and read the research and stop speculating that you know something that actual researchers aren't aware of or haven't accounted for that will support your already established bias.
    • Oct 30 2013: Problem is, I read the research. It doesn't add up. There is no reason for homeopathy to work on paper according to modern chemistry.
      Researches of it working in practice seem to split this way and that, though I've seen more researches with proper methodology claiming it doesn't work than the opposite.

      Now, normally I wouldn't mind people throwing away their own personal funds on stuff that doesn't work so long as its of their own free will, but with medicine, public budgets and infectious diseases are on the line, which makes it actively harmful to everyone

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