Did you hear about the homeopathy patient who died of an overdose?
He forgot to take his medicine.
M’friend Charles pointed out (on Facebook) that ‘World Homeopathy Awareness Week’ is coming up. He wants to raise awareness by saying that homeopathy doesn’t work. I’m not sure that’s exactly true: homeopathy does work.
No, sit down and listen. Homeopathy helps people who have a self-limiting condition (such as a cold) feel like they’re doing something to get better, and hey! they get better. So in that sense yes; homeopathy helps hypochondriacs get better. And there’s a placebo effect too; people believe they’re getting better because they’ve taken something for their headache (although why homeopathy preparations for headaches say ‘for severe headaches take two’ is beyond me). The beneficial effect of a good ‘bedside’ manner is not in dispute, and homeopathic
charlatans practitioners have got that down pat. I wish our real physicians would learn from that.
Homeopathy of course is utterly useless when it comes to things like, oh I don’t know, setting a broken leg, breast cancer or preventing malaria. Or eczema. In other words where there is actual physical trauma or a causative agent. Where homeopathy is dangerous is when people use homeopathy instead of proven and effective remedies–medicine, in other words.
Homeopathy kills. That’s an interesting google search, by the way. And if you type ‘homeopathy kills breast cancer’ you get hits saying that homeopathy kills cancer cells, which hurts my brain so much I think I might have to go and lie down. (The big secret is that just about everything kills cancer cells sooner or later, especially in culture.)
Homeopathy kills because people will go to a homeopath instead of a real doctor, and get water instead of something that actually works:
Isabella was prescribed medications for her epilepsy. Instead of using them, her parents consulted an iridologist, an applied kinesiologist, a psychic and an osteopath. She was being treated purely with homeopathic medication when she died.
World Homeopathy Awareness Week: April 10th-16th 2010. Beware the danger.