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.