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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 30 2013: Homeopathy has never presented itself as conforming to bulk drug chemistry theory. You're demolishing a straw man. If you don't have the scientific spirit to investigate other paradigms then just hang it up. You're trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.
    Since Homeopathy is used by hundreds of millions of satisfied patients worldwide your opinion about "harm" is completely unsubstantiated. In the West it's mostly used by people who haven't been satisfied or are not satisfied with the mainstream.
    Time to move on.

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