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Homeopathy – The Future of Medical Science?

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Homeopathy and other alternative medical systems need to be encouraged as low-cost alternatives for the billions all over the world who lack any serious health care.

And it certainly surprises me that it hasn’t happened so far. If a system is as effective as its proponents claim it to be, for it to not have become a widespread elixir to cure humanity of all its ills either shows a complete lack of human intelligence or it implies a massive attempt of the higher powers (you know who you are) to suppress the dissemination of information and knowledge.

Either way it is humanity’s loss. Our loss. We struggle with disease everywhere in the world, from the forests of Africa to the deserts of Mongolia. And we lack cheap medicinal alternatives, apart from the likes of witchcraft and prayers (which too might work but thanks to scientific education are not given the respect they deserve).

I also am not talking about the scheming quacks who fool the uneducated and uninformed out of their hard-earned money and time, for every profession has cheats and liars. I speak of the creation of a well-intentioned initiative where the councils of these many alternative medicines go one step further and attempt to solve the health problems that plague the poor and needy of the world, and in the process provide a safety net to those who lack modern allopathic health care, ridden as it is with those pesky chemicals and side effects.

So we can start with the malaria and dengue epidemics in Asia and Africa, and then move onto the so-called ‘incurable’ diseases such as AIDS and hepatitis all over the world.

For the sake of this article, I shall focus on homeopathy, a science that ‘really works’. I have no facts to back this statement but I, like many, shall resort to hearsay. Homeopathy has for many decades been a subject of debate. On one side we have the researchers (obviously funded by the pharmaceutical companies) with their annoying scientific methods of double-blind tests and on the other side we have the practitioners who ‘know that it works’ from experience and theory.

Homoeopathy ‘of course works’ and its practitioners have no reason to actually take part in any scientific method to justify themselves. When one is sure of oneself, there is no need to prove it to anyone else.

They have of course used, or rather utilized, many theories to explain why their cures work, so no one confuses them with those pesky quacks. They started out with the ‘law of similars’ and water memory and by now have moved on to explanations at the level of quantum entanglement and chaos theory. But I think homoeopathy is trying too hard to justify itself.

For many centuries, we have had esoteric practices for no reason but that we need alternatives to scientific thought. Science is too confusing, especially the modern type, with its convoluted and confusing names and theories. And especially allopathy, with its chemicals and side-effects. It did cure many diseases, but at what price? With all the increased life spans and cures, we now live in a world that has moved away from the simpler things in life. Now we spend billions of dollars on research and studies to create even more chemicals. Chemicals are bad, as we are told but practitioners of natural medicine. Nature obviously has no chemicals, because, well, it is natural. Who can argue with such beautiful reductionist logic?

Homeopathy needs to focus on remaining simple and science-free. It can be the future but it needs to stand up and be counted. Like the vaccination campaign, which the pharmaceutical companies ‘created’ to sell more of their products, homeopathy needs to start its own campaign to prove its efficacy once and for all to the disbelievers and in the process rid the world of a lot of disease and pain. And all the people who scream the words ‘placebo’ need to shut up. Aren’t you diluting the effects of a placebo by informing people that it is a placebo? Though the diluting might actually help, in a twisted sort of way.

I can’t wait to see the day when the entire world can be rid of its diseases without side effects, and without having to deal with all the complicated jargon of modern-day medical science. A medical revolution is round the corner, it only needs a little structure and initiative.

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  • Jim

    Is this a joke? I really can’t tell.

    “If a system is as effective as its proponents claim it to be, for it to not have become a widespread elixir to cure humanity of all its ills either shows a complete lack of human intelligence or it implies a massive attempt of the higher powers (you know who you are) to suppress the dissemination of information and knowledge.”

    This is a false dichotomy. There are actually other options. For example; There is not enough evidence for the efficacy of homeopathy to warrant funding and widespread use.

    “witchcraft and prayers (which too might work but thanks to scientific education are not given the respect they deserve).”

    It’s true that people with some scientific education rejects witchcraft :)
    Prayer have actually been scientifically tested. See for example.

    “a science that ‘really works’. I have no facts to back this statement but I, like many, shall resort to hearsay.”

    There is plenty of evidence that shows that homeopathy has no effect beyond the placebo effect. And that really does matter.

    “we have the researchers (obviously funded by the pharmaceutical companies) with their annoying scientific methods of double-blind tests”

    Are you serious? The scientific method and double-blind tests are in place in order to eliminate any bias the researchers might have. This is the gold standard of research. If something really works; it should be able to pass a double-blinded test.

    “When one is sure of oneself, there is no need to prove it to anyone else.”

    If you want it to be taken seriously by the medical establishment, then yes, you really do need to prove it.

    “Like the vaccination campaign, which the pharmaceutical companies ‘created’ to sell more of their products”

    Vaccines have effectively eradicated many diseases that were killing people. Vaccines have saved millions of lives.

  • TC

    Hilarious article. You have pointed out the absurdities in the homeopathic arguments pretty darn well.

    But what is scary is that this is actually used, exactly the sort of twisted logic that many homeopathic practitioners dispense to the gullible public.

  • aniruddh nag

    i pity those scientific minds who still believe homoeopathy to be unscientific as they do not follow the recent developments in this regard.do they know that scientists from the IITs have already found nanoparticles in the homoeopathic dilutions diluted upto 1/(100)raised to the power of 200 times.are they also not aware of the fact that researchers r also rethinking about the fallacies of the double blind tests..my ernest request to them,before opposing any system,try to know about it thoroughly,know about its principles,philosophies,and its methodologies..do not get biased for scientific minds should never get biased.

  • Jim

    #3

    The study by IIT-B is highly flawed. They used bad controls (HPLC grade ethanol and Milli-Q water) while they were using manufactured homeopathic remedies for the tests.
    It’s unlikely that the manufacturers of those remedies used such high grade water or ethanol.
    The particles they found can easily be attributed to simple contamination during the manufacturing process. Which they didn’t control for. And it didn’t even seem to occur to them, they just assumed that the manufacturers had a perfect process.

    Also, it hasn’t been independently replicated from what I can find. And it hasn’t been published in any reputable journals.

    Oh, and also please inform us about the “fallacies” of double-blind tests.
    Everyone is biased. It doesn’t matter how objective you want to be. There will always be bias. Double-blind tests are in place to eliminate personal bias among the researchers and subjects.

  • Priyank Chandra

    @Jim : I was warned about using satire when attacking pseudo-science, as it always risks falling flat. I just discovered that a pro-homeopathic online blog and magazine has picked up this article and is displaying it verbatim on their site, attributing to me and Blogcritics. Hilarious.

    (Qn to editors : Is this permitted?)

    Haha. Believe me. You wouldn’t find stronger supporter for your cause. Every absurd thing you read in the article are actual arguments used by proponents of homeopathic medicine, and I was hoping the absurdity would be obvious enough.

  • Jim

    @Priyank

    Poe’s Law ;)

    And I didn’t see the picture of the “Trick or Treatment” book until after i posted though.

    Cheers

  • http://blogcritics.org/writers/dr-dreadful/ Dr Dreadful

    Great piece, Priyank. Perhaps you should have alerted air traffic control as it passed, unmolested, over several commenters’ heads…

    And its reappearance on a homeopathy site is just exquisite.

  • dr jayakumar pannakkal

    In this modern era, we have many ways to know weather a disease is cure dor not.There are lab tests,USG,CT scan etc etc.
    Like every dr ,hompaths are treating various complaints.Some cases are self limitting some are not.
    If the so called researchers are keenly interested in the truth and scientificity of homoeopathy there are many ways in our era, the above mentioned lab tests and scan etc.You can see the absence of infection in UTI ,Negative widal in case of typhoid,fall of ASO to normal in case of rheumatic complaints, disappearance o ovarian cysts and fibroids through USG ,change in spinal complaits by Xray or MRI.
    Most of the fibroids and ovarian cysts are disappeared by using homoeopathic potency.The changes will be seen with in 3 months through USG.The patients are aware of it.After curing they will send their relatieves or friends.By this way homoepathy will become popular.The growth of homoeopathy is through curing instead of all these anti-propaganda from its enemies by 2 centuries.
    Allopaths ,multinational companies are now more interested in homoepathic studies.This is not because of love of homoeopathy or love of patients.But they clearly see the sand under their feet are slowly moving

  • Eve White

    Alternative medicine is a controversial topic. As more and more people are growing up in an educated society, less and less of them are likely to believe in something that cannot be proved by double-blind testing. Scientific evidence is what makes people trust medicine nowadays.

  • Hom.Dr. Sa;eem Hamid

    Homeopathy (also spelled homœopathy or homoeopathy) was developed by the German physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843). It is based on the principle that “like cures like” i.e. if a substance can cause symptoms in a healthy person, then it can cure symptoms in a sick person.

    FUNDAMENTAL LAWS: The minimum dose, dynamisation, direction of cure, and principle of totality. Study of Patho-genetic symptoms. The homoeopath utilizes modalities and the totality of symptoms to choose the remedy which has symptoms identical to those to the patient.