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« Part I Critique of Homeopathy: An Overview of Why Homeopathy is Cannot Be Effective And Is More Like A Religion | Main | Part III--Critique of homeopathy: An Examination of Its Utility in Some Life-Threatening Medical Conditions »

Monday, December 15, 2003

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mr.k

iam working on homeopathic principles please let me know more

mr.t.

An interesting article but what a pity you have not bothered to do any research ! There are so many factual inaccuracies in this drivel that it is difficult to know where to start !

For example, Gold has many toxic effects and is restricted in its rheumatological use for this reason. If you actually want to present a fair and balanced critique, try looking up a medical database.

Additionally, Oscillococcinum is a nosode used on the ISOPATHIC priciple of 'same to treat same" - it is not HOMEOPATHIC although prepared similarly. So, the similimum principle has not been abandoned - you just didn't bother to find out the difference !

mr.t.

oh and by the way, a googol is 10 to the power of 100 which is 1 to the power of 1000. Another piece of top notch research ;)

Dr.Satish

well its nice to see that you gave a very good account of homeopathy, but its really pathetic on your part to see on what account you went on to judge the efficacy of a system standing rooted for more than 200yrs facing stringest criticism(yours is just a novel way)of one and all from medical and so called scientific field. You went on to judge the principles on so called well established laws(like Avogadro's law), but what's the guarantee that there is no thing beyond these and what about the world that existed before these were known.So i feel the best to critisize is to undestand and see whether really it works or not(by pracising it honestly), thank you

Will

Well done. I just finished Carl Sagan's "Demon-Haunted World" in which he argues for scientific rationalism. We could use more people applying the bullshit-detectors built into the scientific method to evaluate hocus-pocus like homeopathy. It is a scandal that the FDA doesn't shut this whole business down...but it's about money, and greasing palms in Wash DC.

SK

It seems a shame that you did so much work on this article and missed the point on so many items. It seems like you do not have a good or indepth understanding of many of the things you have attempted to write about. For just one example, you write "Whole Person Prescribing Example: two persons exhibiting the same flu-like symptoms may get two different medications from the homeopath based on the appraisal of the mind/body constitution". If two persons were exhibiting the exact same symptoms, they would get the same remedy; however, if both persons have achy muscles, fevers, stopped up nose, and one person had a red face, wanted to be warm, and was very thirsty while the other was pale and clammy and not thirsty, and one was irritable and demanding while the other was listless and desired to be left alone, then two different remedies would be called for. This is often difficult to understand for someone so entrenched in the conventional medical thinking, as conventional medicine typically only considers things like fever, pains, sore throat, etc., and both people would most likely get the same treatment.

You might rethink your blogging principles regarding "truth". Opinion is one thing, truth is another.

Tom Cooper

Dogmas, when just another form of blind faith are just plain dangerous. Your critics above already did a good job of showing that you don't really understand that which you critiqued.

But my problem with your "dribble' is different. As one who has studied scientific methodd and philosophy from a critical perspective I see that this dogma too has its limitations, esp. when it comes to health and medicine.

One personal example should suffice. Pain is something that all medical and health practioners acknowledge. However, it cannot be measured so by the scientific method it does not exist. Hmmm. Double-blinded studies won't work, Placebo is much more than an anonaly or annoyance. It is "real" in the healthcare field.

What I am looking for is critical research that understands the limitations of scientific method and reductionistic thinking but doesn't swing to the other extreme often found in alternative medicine.

I'd suggest reading up on complementary medicine. Check out Dr. Andrew Weill, Dr. Oz and others who are truly interested in healing but they don't allow the accepted dogma of Western medicine to limit the advantages of unifying differing world views.

Karnak

I'm sorry that I don't have anything useful to contribute to the commentary, but am I the only person who realises that 1 to the power of anything is equal to one? That is, 1^3 = 1x1x1 = 1, therefore 1^x = 1 = 1^1000. I only stumbled upon this page by accident but the lack of mathematical understanding here is bizarre, especially for people presenting with such a level of scientific knowledge.

Karnak

I'm sorry that I don't have anything useful to contribute to the commentary, but am I the only person who realises that 1 to the power of anything is equal to one? That is, 1^3 = 1x1x1 = 1, therefore 1^x = 1 = 1^1000. I only stumbled upon this page by accident but the lack of mathematical understanding here is bizarre, especially for people presenting with such a level of scientific knowledge.

Neil

More people should be aware of the effectiveness of alternative medicine. The homeopaths and herbalists get a really bad rap from the filthy rich doctors and pharmaceutical companies who specialize in prescription medicine. Just because a product is natural doesn't mean it's less effective. On top of that, alternative medicines do not kill people. Substituting the right medicine with the wrong medicine does kill people.

Homeopathy Guide

Homeopathy is a legitimate practice and more and more people are healing with homeopathy and it is gaining popularity day by day ......

Rick

At the risk of being seen as judgmental, as much is said about the practice of Homeopathy in a few of the comments disparaging this article as in the article itself. The well-describe "chain of weak links" stands uncontested, as it does in all apologies for alternative curative approaches.

Thanks for a well presented article. Such challenges to faith-based "medicine" are more necessary today than ever, as we face increasing health care costs in part because so much is squandered on nonsense such as Homeopathy.

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George Melcher

As long as the medicine you choose is right, then it's okay. It won't matter if it's the typical generic medicine, or some kind of an alternative medicine. As long as its quality is checked thoroughly, it's safe. I like what Neil pointed out in his reply here. "Substituting the right medicine with the wrong medicine does kill people." People should always keep that in mind.

Chris

Homeopathy is not medicine, it is magic nothing pills.

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