Homeopathy June 15, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in life.
You guys heard of Homeopathy? The idea, basically, is to give a sick person something that will cause the same symptoms. I pulled the below quote from wikipedia:
According to homeopaths, serial dilution, with shaking between each dilution, removes the toxic effects of the remedy while the qualities of the substance are retained by the diluent (water, sugar, or alcohol). The end product is often so diluted that it is indistinguishable from pure water, sugar or alcohol.
Now, when I hear about this this is what I think. Ok, you dilute something so much that you can’t distinguish it from water. Fine, then it is water. So what possible effect could it have on the body? What possible reaction could the body have to it? In science, to have an effect, you need a cause, right?
So, to me homeopathy just looks harmless and ineffectual. I could not find a study in a peer-review journal that supported it (but I really don’t know my way around medical journals, just search engines…).
Basically, I don’t care. So why write about it? Well, Julia, our daughter, was having some Input/Output problems and we took her to the local French doctor just in case. “Normal” he said. Prescribed some western medicine to help. And some homeopathic medicine. Being a medical doctor means you are a scientist. You can’t be otherwise in the modern world. And yet… he wrote the prescription. What the heck?