Homeopathic Crackpottery

 

Hahnemann hypothesized what he called miasms as the underlying causes of disease  and that homeopathic remedies – achieved by dilution – eliminated these. There was absolutely no evidence for such a hypothesis, and the treatment had no more success than a placebo. Nevertheless, mostly due to the harsh practices of the medicine of the time, which included blodletting and and purging, homeopathy became popular in Europe and the US in the 19th century. By 1900, there were 22 homeopathic colleges and 15,000 practitioners in the United States.

Nevertheless, from the very beginning, homeopathy was criticized by mainstream science, both in Europe and in the US. Even the leading homeopathists of Europe abandoned the practice of administering infinitesimal doses and no longer defended it. The last school in the U.S. exclusively teaching homeopathy closed in 1920. However, the rise of the New Age movement in the 1960s and 70s saw a surge in the popularity of the Far Eastern culture, and with it, an exponential increase  in the practice of the alternative medicine, including homeopathy.

The simple calculation above shows that people are paying billions of dollars annually to buy small bottles of pure water or pure alcohol!

3 thoughts on “Homeopathic Crackpottery”

  1. Indeed, with homeopathy you are far more likely to win the lottery than getting a molecule of the active ingredient. But don’t worry, to get around this problem homeopaths came up with the idea of “water memory”. They believe that water has “memory”. So never mind it’s just water, it remembers that it used to contain something at some point…
    I guess that anyone who actually believes in this quackery will do his bank account a favour just by drinking a glass of tap water; it will be full of memories, including being into contact –at some point- with whatever they are looking to cure.

    1. To assess the efficacy of natural remedies, you have to do scientific, double-blind, controlled experiments. While I believe you when you say you “have experienced it,” one or several testimonials do not prove the efficacy of drugs or remedies. The National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia released a statement on March 11, 2015 concluding that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy is effective in treating health conditions. Here is the full report: http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/media/releases/2015/nhmrc-releases-statement-and-advice-homeopathy

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