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How Homeopathy Works

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Finally I found a website that offers conclusive information on how homeopathy works:
howdoeshomeopathywork.com
Truly enlightening.

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  1. Real is scientific homeopathy. Nano-doses of evidence-based modern homeopathy medicine brings big results for everyone

    Nancy Malik

    December 13, 2010 at 11:16

    • Haha, cute website you have there. One big exercise in window-dressing. So Hahnemann was a real doctor who promoted from university? Yes indeed, but somehow you fail to mention that it was back when even universities tought that bloodletting is the most effective cure for pretty much anything.

      Also cute how you try to impress people with the latin names of your “remedies”, just a lot less impressive once one realises that the latin names of your “remedies” are simply the latin names of the plant which they diluted so much that they are not present anymore. A homeopathic pill called “Allium cepa”? Wow, that’s exactly the latin name of the common onion!
      As I said, window-dressing.

      It gets worse when it comes to the wild claims about chemistry. Quite amusing actually; you use all the most complicated terms one learns in chemistry 101, and then try to bend their meaning in such a way as to lend credibility to your bunk.
      To anybody who has actually passed chemistry 101 it is painstreakingly obvious that you have actually very little idea what you’re talking about.

      I might do a line-by-line rebuttal once I have some more time on my hands, sometime towards the end of the week.

      Ochiudo

      December 13, 2010 at 12:16

  2. From the first paper you linked:

    The implausability argument leads skeptics to ignore or reject positive evidence from numerous basic science, preclinical, and clinical studies showing effect of homeopathic medicines […]

    Oh strange, the author fails to mention ANY of those “numerous studies”. Instead, the footnote cites a low-profile, distincly pro-homeopathic magazine, which again does NOT CITE ANY OF THOSE STUDIES, but simply makes the same claim: That “there is positive evidence”. Somewhere, presumably.

    How very credible. And this is just the first paragraph. Somehow it mysteriously fails to impress me.
    Also, the paper claims to favour a “materials science” approach rather than conventional medicine. Unfortunately “materials science” is very conventional chemistry: Materials science mainly tries to discover or synthesize new materials for technological uses such as space exploration. At least that is what wikipedia says “materials science” means, what all english dictionaries say it means, and it’s the only kind of “materials science” that returns any hits on Google. I’m not sure what kind of “materials science” exactly the author talks about, but I have a gut feeling that it has rather little to do with any “science” at all.

    Let me quote a professor, too:

    the explanation isn’t an explanation. It simply says that no matter how much you dilute a substance in principle, it’s still going to contain trace contaminants. I’d like to know if they examined the water they used to dilute their “remedy”; odds are good that it contains low concentrations of miscellaneous stuff. Also, doesn’t this mean it wasn’t actually homeopathic, but simply contained a dilute quantity of an active agent? This doesn’t explain how potency would be increased by dilution at all.

    Finally, “quantum” is not the only potent word that fails to magically make a quack explanation scientific. Add “nanotechnology” to the list.

    My emphasis.

    Here’s my proposal:
    You make your own study. Get some people, devide them into two groups; One control group, the other being given homeopathic “medicine”. After the time it takes for the remedies to take effect, have a homeopath come in and tell one group from the other.
    Simple as that. It’s a ridiculously cheap study, and easy to do. I’d probably be able to conduct it exclusively using my own savings. Alternatively, use a group of cows. I’ve heard it said that homeopathy also works on animals, so that’d be a way to make it even cheaper!
    Ridiculously easy.

    That would be absolutely enough to convince me that homeopathy has some effect. Once you’ve accomplished that little task, we can move on to discuss quantum mechanics or nanotechnology in order to explain why and how it worked. But before you cannot provide any proof that homeopathy works at all, I can think of about one billion things I’d rather do than read your silly papers by non-credible sources that are openly and obviously biased, and in the very first paragraph make claims that they fail to substantiate.

    Ochiudo

    December 17, 2010 at 13:12


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