I am going to start by saying something that is going to upset a lot of people: homeopathy is a fraud. Homeopathy started about five hundred years ago under the idea that “what makes a man ill also cures him.” This idea struggled until it reached it reached a peak in popularity in the 1800s. However, it was criticized heavily by mainstream scientists and was eventually discredited to the point where there where few followers by the 1920s. However, in the 1970s, sensing a commercial opportunity, homeopathy underwent an worldwide revival. Unfortunately, homeopathy does not work. This is not an opinion by the way, but a statement that is backed up by two things, 1) the scientific research and 2) common sense.
First, lets take a look at exactly what homeopathy is. Homeopathic treatments use substances that are thought to make the targeted diseases worse or at least cause the same symptoms, as their active ingredient but only administer it in an amazingly small quantity by repeatedly diluting the active ingredient in water over and over. If fact, the solution is diluted so much that it is nearly impossible for even one single molecule of the active ingredient to be in the “remedy” in most cases. In other words, homeopathic treatments are just plain water.
For example, homeopathic remedies use a dilution factor denoted by the letter “C”. In a 60C dilution, the Physicist Robert L. Park former executive director of the American Physical Society showed that for every one molecule of active ingredient, there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules water. In other word, it would take a container 30,000,000,000 times the size of the Earth to hold enough water to contain just one molecule of the supposed active ingredient. Sorry, I’m just not that thirsty.
The idea is that somehow the water “remembers” the offending substance and somehow triggers the immune system. I think this is just ridiculous and violated every known scientific principle. I read somewhere that if you pour yourself a glass of water, that water has been through at least seven kidneys through out its existence and that every breath of air that you take contains at least one molecule of air that was inhaled by Jesus (and pretty anyone that lived long enough ago that their breaths could have mix well enough into the atmosphere). The earth is amazingly homogenized and the idea that something that was once in the water is somehow remembered is just silly. If that is true, then why are we not spontaneously healed by the “blessed” air molecule that we share with Jesus, or poisoned by the water that was part of at least seven bathroom breaks. If you look at the rationally, it just doesn’t make sense.
The Scientific Research
People that believe in Homeopathy will tell you that there is no research that shows whether or not homeopathic therapies work but this is just what they have heard from those that want you to believe in homeopathy. It is simply untrue. The respected medical journal, The Lancet, recently published an article that examined the results of over 150 research studies and found that there is no evidence at all that homeopathic therapies work any better than a placebo. There are now calls in the medical literature for the community to step up and actively denounce homeopathy as a fraud but I suspect it will be hard to get the message out. The medical community is up against deep pocketed product manufacturers that are making a fortune selling water to people at a huge markup and calling it a “treatment”, or worse, a “cure” for what ails them. How many people will have to suffer, or even die before people realize that homeopathy is a fraud.
I urge those reading this, if you see a product with the word “homeopathic” on it, steer clear. It’s nothing more than water.
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