Homeopathy Awareness Week

It’s World Homeopathy Awareness Week.

Apropos of this Siouxsie Wiles writes:

In case you need reminding what homeopathy is, it is based on Hahnemann’s bizarre doctrine that substances which cause disease symptoms in healthy people will cure similar symptoms in sick people, but only if they have been diluted to such a degree that there is unlikely to be a single molecule of the substance left in the preparation. . . .

There’s a video there if you want a giggle.

Also at Sciblogs, Grant Jacobs asks: how do you approve a course for something known not to work?

So let’s reflect on homeopathy’s contribution to public health:


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3 Responses to Homeopathy Awareness Week

  1. Real awareness is the no.1 support to medicine, that’s why I’m behind World Homeopathy Awareness Week. Raising Awareness of homeopathy among the masses can make the world a healthier and a happier place.


  2. robertguyton says:

    The placebo effect is vastly underestimated.
    It’s a valid scientific tool in conventional medicine.
    If you believe you will become well as the result of a particular treatment, your chances of becoming well are greatly increased. Ele, you are trying to undermine peoples’ faith in a treatment that has a measurable level of success.


  3. fredinthegrass says:

    IMHO Hp has it wrong and I find myself in the very? rare position of being in complete agreement with Rg.
    The power of the human mind – and body – is immense; and often hopelessly underestimated.
    The placebo effect is just one way the mind ‘heals the body’.


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