There is an interesting post on Mark's Daily Apple about this. Pretty confrontational in my view. Is homeopathy 'hogwash' as Mark Sisson says? What about vaccines and the controversy surrounding autism?
It definitely stirred things up. What do you think? Curious to start a dialogue here, on a different forum.
There is no vaccine/autism controversy. The study was recently revealed once and for all as a fraud. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Autism/link-vaccine-autism-link-fraud-british-medical-journal/story?id=12547823
Homeopathy is absolutely, unequivocably hogwash. Please read Ben Goldacre, or any other reputable evidence-based medicine expert.
There is a discussion to be had about the placebo effect, which is powerful. But dilution, impacting, "water memory" etc. is all complete woo.
Ben Goldacre's most recent book: http://www.amazon.com/Bad-Science-Quacks-Pharma-Flacks/dp/0865479186/
A video explaining the ridiculous theory of homeopathic dilution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZiLsFaEzog
I figure that while humans aren't meant to get viruses injected into them, or shower every day, or bleach their laundry, toilets, and kitchens, or sanitize their hands while in public, we also aren't meant to live in groups of tens of thousands where disease is spread rapidly. So I selectively vaccinate (and selectively cleanse myself and my surroundings) based on the best information I have available to me. Flu? Nah. Tetanus, meningitis? Sure.
If homeopathy worked, then every time you drink water out of the tap, a river, lake, or rain cloud you would be receiving the supposed cures.
Somebody somewhere on the planet used a homeopathy based product, peed (the water in the urine still has the memory). The water in the urine went to a river, that flowed into the ocean. Now all the oceans on the planet are part of the cure. Water evaporated from the ocean and fell as rain (still curing people). That water makes it into a reservoir and people are drinking that water right now.
That's why disease was eliminated thousands of years ago and all our talk of disease and infections is just a hypothetical.
Homeopathy is hogwash - just to add my opinion to the pot!! What it is good for is proving the phenomenal power of the mind to influence the body and just how amazing the placebo effect is.
Nearly all forms of medicine (conventional or alternative) are flawed in some way and are based on the laws of chemistry. Homeopathy is based on physics, so of course when you try to quantify it using chemistry, it's "hogwash." All forms of medicine should compliment each other or be able to be relate to one another. One form of medicine does not always "disprove" another, though some forms of medicine are more effective than others. I suggest looking at my homeopath's website, www.yurkovksy.com. His book, "Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones: The Power of Digital Medicine" is particularly informative and convincing.
While I was initially skeptical, my homeopath has drastically helped me with chronic conditions that conventional doctors, naturopaths, and varied diet adjustments failed to improve at all. The placebo effect can't quite be to blame since I tried so many other things over the course of five years.
I know all the logical reasons why homeopathy can't possibly work, but somehow it still seems to do just that sometimes. There have been more studies done in England than in America and several of those have been done with animals. I doubt that a cow is susceptible to the placebo effect. (grin)
Since, as is often said, that anything diluted as much as a homeopathic solution is could not possibly contain even one molecule of the original substance, then it would follow that it also cannot hurt you if it doesn't work. So I would hope we could just hold off on the use of terms like "snake oil" and "hogwash" and let people use it if it works for them - for whatever reason. After all, if there can be no agent in it to cause physical harm, and it helps - even if only by psychological reasons - then I really have no cause to say anything do I?
And if following this path has taught me anything, it is that we DON'T know everything about how the mind and body work which is why I try to keep my discussions open and civil - I may have to eat those words someday.
I talked to a chiropractor recently and I expected him to be a massive quack, but when I asked him what he usually does, he says he tries to get people off of grain, on vitamin D, etc. and I was blown away. He was moving in more naturopathic directions with his practice and seemed to be genuinely interested in improving the health of his patients. As for the actual alignments and so on, I have strong reservations about that, especially since I know a young lady who had a small stroke immediately following a neck alignment, but if homeopaths and naturopaths tell people to stop eating grain, then I'm all for it.
I have never taken any homeopathic medicine, and I can't say I fully understand how it works, but what's the difference how it works if people find it beneficial? Energy is real and a powerful thing. I suggest reading up on astrophysics (Max Planck specifically comes to mind). I have a problem with the attitude within modern science that "if we don't understand it, it's not real". Are we really so full of ourselves that we think we know how the universe works?
In my observations it seems that people who are pro-vaccine are anti-homeopathy, and people who are anti-vaccine are pro-homeopathy. Health benefits/detriments aside, I am somewhat entertained by the divide, seeing as how both are based on the idea that small amounts of a harmful substance will provoke a positive immune response.
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