Sunday, 6 July 2008

Homeopathy: An Essay

Homeopathy enjoys a rather high rate of popularity in the Western World, despite the fact that the practice is so far entirely unproven, by numerous scientific investigations. In fact, in most cases, when an investigation is undertaken and negative results recorded, the practitioners often fall back on the old complaint that ‘alternative therapies’ should not be investigated using ‘orthodox methods’, because they do not capture the intricacies of the therapy.

Homeopathy supposedly works on the basis of ‘Simila Similibus Curenta’ – or ‘Like Cures Like’ – and was founded on the observations of Homeopathy’s creator, the German Physician Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann (10 April 1755 – 2nd July 1843).

Hahnemann was a gifted linguist, having mastered five languages by the age of twenty, and a further four in following years. He studied Medicine for two years at the Leipzig University and a further ten months at the Vienna University – apparently moving from Leipzig to Vienna for wont of facilities in the former.

Hahnemann believed that the medicine of his time did as much harm as it did good:

My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human beings was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing

Hahnemann gave up his practice in 1784 and lived chiefly as a writer and translator. This is where he came across the information that would form the beginnings of his development of Homeopathy. While translating ‘A Treatise on the Materia Medica’ by William Cullen, he read that Cinchona, the bark of a Peruvian tree, was effective in treating malaria because of its astringency.

Wishing to understand how this ‘cure’ worked, he tested it on himself in small amounts – 4g of the powdered form, which contained only trace amounts of the actual active ingredient, Cinchona. From his reactions to this substance (heart irregularities, fever, thirst etc) – which have since been hypothesised as an allergic reaction to the quinine present in the medicine – he deduced that the application of any remedy that evokes similar reactions to an illness in a healthy person, that same application would cure the ‘like’ illness in a sufferer.
This formed the basis of his theory, which later came to be known as Homeopathy (from the Greek, hómoios ‘similar’ and pathos ‘suffering/disease’).

Taking this gross generalisation, Hahnemann began to experiment. He tested a series of substances on healthy people, recording the reactions of his subjects to each one. From the reactions, he tried to work out which illnesses they would ‘cure’. The process of investigation included keeping detailed notes on the subject’s emotions, thoughts and activities while taking the ‘remedy’ and was called ‘Proving’.

The process of ‘Proving’ is still used today:

A healthy person takes each of the various substances over a variety of time periods, from days to months, with every single subsequent physical, mental and emotional event and experience carefully recorded, as they happen, minute by minute. One recent account of a proving of argentium sulphuricum, for example, includes the report that ‘crashing pots in cafe area don’t put me off’ and ‘as I get ready for work, my nose looks bigger.’ Physical symptoms include ‘teeth hurt after eating soup’ and ‘feel hot but no fever and feel as if sweat is trying to come out but no sweating.’

However, his initial trials showed an unacceptable risk to the healthy person. To combat this, he began to dilute the ‘remedies’ before continuing the trials.
Despite his claim that Succussion (systematic mixing through vigorous shaking) and Potentization (to render the latent power of anything/something available) still resulted in the healthy individuals producing symptoms, no clinical trial has yet reproduced the results.

Hahnemann believed that this process of dilution allowed the ‘remedies’ to act on the disease itself, while leaving alone the organs of the body – in a process where the ‘remedy’, due to having it’s ‘coarseness’ removed through dilution, acts only on the nerves (the part of the body closest to the soul).

It has to be explained that Hahnemann believed that disease and illness is transmitted by ‘dynamic’ (invisible) forces, as explained in this quote, from his book ‘Materia Medica Pura’:

What is dynamic influence, dynamic force? We see that earth causes the moon to revolve around it … by some invisible mysterious force and that the moon in its turn produces in the ocean at regular intervals alternating tides of ebb and flow … A magnet powerfully attracts a piece of iron or steel near it in a similar way; …The invisible force of the magnet does not need any mechanical (material) means, such as a hook or lever; it attracts the iron or a steel needle by its own pure, nonmaterial, invisible, spirit-like force. We have here a dynamic phenomenon. …In a similar way a child who has smallpox or measles will transmit them to a healthy child by approaching him, even without touching him. This contamination takes place invisibly (dynamically) at a distance, with no more transmission of any material particle from one to the other than from the magnet to the steel needle. A specific, spirit-like influence communicates smallpox or measles to the child nearby, just as the magnet communicates magnetic force to the needle.

And further explained in this quote from ‘Organon’:

This remarkable transformation of the properties of natural bodies through the mechanical action of trituration and succussion on their particles (while these particles are diffused in an inert dry or liquid substance) develops the latent dynamic powers previously imperceptible and as it were lying hidden asleep in them. These powers electively affect the vital principle of animal life. This process is called dynamization or potentization (development of medicinal power), and it creates what we call dynamizations or potencies of different degrees.

Today, the dilution process is a distinct point of consternation in the orthodox medical and pharmaceutical fields. The dilution process of Homeopathy has been revealed to reduce the remedy to miniscule and even non-existent amounts.

Of course, this is where we come to the crux of the problem. According to the dilution process of Homeopathy, the first dilution results in a ratio of 1:10, the second at 1:100, the third at 1:1000 and so on. Against all common sense and scientific knowledge, Homeopaths believe that the higher the dilution, the more powerful the ‘mother tincture’ is. This ratio – or degree of dilution – is known amongst Homeopaths as the ‘potency’.

Now, to understand the various remedies dilutions, you have to understand the terminology. So, a tenfold dilution is written as ‘x’ and a hundredfold dilution as ‘c’. In Homeopathic preparations, the most common potency level is 30x – in written form, this means that the ratio equals 1 part actual medication to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parts water!

In terms easier to imagine, I bow to Quakwatch’s Dr. Stephen Barrett, as quoted in Suckers:

Imagine a cubic centimetre or mother tincture – about a fifth of a teaspoon full – mixed with enough water to produce a 30x dilution. This volume of water is greater than the amount needed to ‘fill a container more than fifty times the size of the Earth. Imagine placing a drop of red dye into such a container, so that it disperses evenly. Homeopathy’s Law of Infinitesimals is the equivalent of saying that any drop of water subsequently removed from that container will possess an essence of redness.’

Paraphrased from Homeopathy: The Ultimate Fake

According to physicist Robert Park, in order to get even one molecule of the mother tincture, from a 30x dilution, you’d need to drink 7,874 gallons of the mixture!
It gets worse. Many Homeopathic remedies are diluted, not at the relatively low ‘x’, but at the huge ‘c’ levels. In fact, the Practical Guide to Homeopathy states that a dose with a potency of 6c is an appropriate dosage to start with for minor problems – and after a few days, if the problem is not getting better, to up that dose to 30c!
That works out as 1 molecule of medication, to 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules of water! The container to hold that volume of water, would necessarily be 30,000,000,000 times the size of the Earth.

More astonishingly, the popular Homeopathic cold remedy is Oscillococcinum, which comes from the liver of a French duck and has a potency of 200c.

Again, I leave the description to physicist Robert L. Park:

That would result in a dilution of 1 molecule of the extract (actual medication) to every 10 to the power of 400 molecules of water – that is 1 followed by 400 zeros. But there are only about 10 to the power of 80 (1 followed by 80 zeros) atoms in the entire universe. A dilution of 200c would go far, far beyond the dilution limit of the visible universe.

This is why real medical practitioners and pharmacists have a problem with Homeopathy. According to the Mathematician and Physicist Avagadro, any dilution beyond 24x, (24 dilutions at 1:10 parts) there is no chance of even a single molecule of the original medication remaining in the solution. In real terms, this means that out of the entire solution, only one single sample will contain a single molecule of the original medication, the remaining samples will contain absolutely nothing other than water.

These diluted solutions, once complete, are then dripped onto sugar pills, where the solution then evaporates, bottled and sold for extortionate amounts of money to vulnerable or gullible patients.

Now – to get even more confusing, Homeopaths dismiss the problems inherent in repeatedly diluting a solution, by claiming that the water contains a memory of the medication diluted into it, known as ‘the memory of water’.

Dr. Peter Fisher (Homeopath to Queen Elizabeth II) described it in New Scientist as:

I think it’s to do with changes in the structure of the water ...somehow information is stored in the water.

Basically, he is implying that the process of diluting the medication imprints the properties of the medication onto the water. He also shows that he doesn’t understand this hypothesis enough to even explain it.

Normally, at about this point, the Homeopath will attempt to use Quantum Physics to explain the hypothesis. However, as any Physicist will explain, Quantum Physics as they want to use it, does not apply to ‘large and/or un-isolated systems such as cells, people and pills.’

Now – also at this point – any thinking person will then ask ‘Does sugar also have a ‘memory’?’ Perhaps followed by ‘Does the water of the whole world not then contain ‘memories’ of every single thing it has passed through?’ How about, ‘What about when water passes through the sewage system?’ And ‘Does water have a selective memory?’

These are not questions Homeopaths are typically willing to answer – and if they do, obviously not with any degree of certainty.

Unfortunately, my choice of ‘vulnerable and gullible’ to describe the patients was not idle. For the most part, this is true. As with all forms of Complimentary and Alternative Medication (CAM), the biggest supporters are the healthy middle-aged Upper Class with lots of disposable income.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine study conducted in 2002, that surveyed 31,044 people as a supplement to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, Factors associated with highest rates of CAM use were ages 40-64, female gender, non-black/non-Hispanic race, and annual income of $65,000 or higher.

The majority of these users are not ill, they are what would be called 'health-freaks' - perfectly healthy people who only worry about fictional health problems because of the general day-to-day aches and pains of bipedalism on a body originally evolved for quadrapedalism.

However, alongside these health-freaks are the inevitable seriously, or terminally ill patients who turn to CAM as a last resort (or in some cases, the only resort) because it offers an unfounded, but all too appealing hope.

Homeopathy has, over the years, made various claims about cures. Curing cancers for instance. Every last one, though, has fallen by the wayside, unproven, with no evidence other than annecdotal evidence - and as we all know, annecdotal evidence is no evidence, especially to a scientist.

Homeopathy, as a trade, as well as offering unfounded hope, offers the personal, one-to-one doctor-patient relationship that people so yearn for in the modern age, but are rarely able to find due to GP time constraints. A Homeopath spends more than an hour per appointment, really listening to everything the patient says, whether it be silly complaints about general back pain, or full rants about troubles in the patients very life. This happens because Homeopathy bases it's remedies on the individual, not the illness.

So people flock to the trade, less for the 'cures' and more for the chance to have a 'real relationship' with their 'doctor'.

I say this from personal experience - I once visited a Homeopath and spent more than an hour being questioned minutely about anything that could have emotional, biological and psychological effects on me. I ended up pouring out my whole life story. It was this carthartic release of emotion, a 'psychological release' that allowed me to feel better and happier - not the silly little sugar pills they then prescribed me (which I stopped taking within days.)

Fortunately, in my case, this lead me to seek out actual psychological/councelling help, rather than relying on the Homeopaths and their extortionately priced sugar pills.

I leave you with the story I posted some time ago.

As final, unequivical proof that Homeopathic remedies have no effect, whatsoever on the human body - as in fact, they simply can't, it is biologically impossible for them to do so - I offer a report about some Belgium skeptics who decided to comit suicide by Homeopathy.

Seeing the errors of the skeptic’s ways, they resigned themselves to committing mass suicide by drinking a lethal dose of terribly toxic and dangerous drugs: snake poison, Belladonna or deadly nightshade, arsenic, dog’s milk, petrol, and cockroach. Dog’s milk does not sound that dangerous, but try milking a pit bull. To assure immediate death, these powerful drugs were immensely dynamized: the daring skeptics selected the over-the-counter 30C homeopathic solutions (reimbursed by the health insurance, if prescribed by a certified quack).

A dynamization of 30C means the poison is diluted [10.sup.60] times. That is a one followed by sixty zeros. The whole earth (estimated at [10.sup.50] molecules) is way too small to hold a single molecule in that dilution. That is, in homeopathic terms, an awfully powerful dilution. The immensely “dynamized” spirits of arsenic and snake poison (not to mention the pit bull milk) will rise from the liquid, and kill the skeptic on the spot. All important newspapers and TV stations were recruited to witness the terrible extermination of these dangerous minds.

The skeptics on death row solemnly queued to personally select their own toxin: “In Flander’s fields the skeppies glow, to take their poison, row on row.” In front of the assembled national press they filled their chalices and drained their drinks, fully expecting to meet their Maker (if He existed). The skeptics didn’t succeed in their suicide attempt, however. All of them survived.

From the May-June, 2004 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer.

Heavily referenced from:

Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools Of Us All by Rose Shapiro
How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered The World by Francis Wheen
Wikipedia articles Homeopathy and Samuel Hahnemann


Mehul said...

But you are showing the one side of the coin & reality is there are no of trials where it's being proved that homeopathy works .
1. 1902 P.Jousset investigated the effects of silver nitrate up to 25c on mycelium. He found significant results in their weights, finding that the silver nitrate stunted growth. (reported by Gabriel Bertrand) “The Extraordinary Sensitiveness of Aspergillus Niger to Manganese.” Comptes Rendus Academie des Science; 154, 616, 1912

2. 1906 Boericke and Tafel made an unusual observation of the emanations from a high dilute of radium bromide (30c), to photograph a picture of the outline of a key. (Tafel’s Jottings, 1906.)

3. 1928 JUNKER, Hermann The Effect of Extreme DIlutions on Microorganisms Phluger’s Archiv fur die Gesamte Physiologie, 219, pp 647-672, 1928

4. 1923 Lilli Kolisko, Physical and Physiological Demonastration of the Effect of the Smallest Entities. Der Kommende Tag, A-G Verlag, Stuttgart, 1923 pp. 1-10 .

5. 1923 N.P. Krawkow- Demonstrated 15c histamine increased the blood flow in isolated rabbit ears 25% and using 12c microdoses of adrenaline, strychnine, histamine and quinine was able to affect the change of pigmentation in the isolated skins of frogs. Controls were used. “Beyond the Boundary of Sensibility of Living Protoplasm” Zeitschrift fur die Gesamte Experimntalle Medizin, 34 pp.279-306

6. 1925 G. Stearns & M. Stark reported the action of microdilutes on fruit fly tumors. In this fascinating study we see that microdilutes actually altered the genetics of their subjects. A genetically determined tendency to tumor formation ceased to exist after the administration of a microdilution of the tumor itself (isopathy). Controls were used. Other microdilutes were used to no effect. “Experiments with Homeopathic Potentized Substances Given to Dropsophilia Melanogaster with Hereditary Tumors”, The Homeopathic Recorder, 40.

7. 1925 G. Stearns tested microdilutions of salt on guinea pigs and demonstrated adverse affects from 30c to 1000c sodium chloride. He noted loss of appetite, aversion for bread, loss of weight, their young poorly nourished and scrawny, less active, indifferent, hair less glossy, rough, untidy, eyes watery, lack luster. And homeopaths brag that their “remedies” (which are actually legal drugs) can do no harm! There were 16 female control animals, and they all became pregnant, whereas only 31% of the 48 female experimental animals became pregnant. At the end of five months over half, 55% of the experimental animals were dead compared to only 35% of the control animals “Experimental Data on One of the Fundamental Claims in Homeopathy”, The Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, 18.

8. 1927 Karl Konig used microdilutes to experiment on frogs and fungi. He discovered that by using dilutions of of lead and silver nitrate ranging from 1 to 15c he could cause a premature metamorphosis in Rana fusca (common frog tadpoles) or kill them or the fungus in the water. Once again here we see that homeopathic drugs can have negative organic affects. Controls were used and the sinusoidal curve that we see in many experiments of diverse measures is first noted here. “On the Effect of Extremely Diluted (”Homeopathic”) Metal Salt Solutions on the Development and Growth of Tadpoles. Zeitschrift fur die Gesamte Experimentalle Medizin, 34, pp. 279-306

9. 1929 Vladimir Vondracek repeated Konig’s work, and instead of lead and silver nitrate used gold chloride and a different species of frog. At 12c he also reported a significant increase in the mortality of tadpoles, and also obtained a repetition of the sinusoidal curve. “The Mortality of Tadpoles in Ultra Solutions” Zeitschrift fur die Gesamte Experimentelle Medizin. 66 pp. 533-538

10. 1930 Persson, WM enzymes, The Principles of Catalysis in Biochemistry and Homeopathy, J Am. Inst. Hom. 23, pp 1055-1089

11. 1932 George Russell Henshaw discovered a method for influencing serum flocculation in rabbits. Using Bryonia alba and Baptista tinctoria he showed a reaction in some of his subjects ”A New Method of Determining the Indicated Remedy by a Flocculation Test of the Serum The Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy, 25

12. 1932 Joseph Roy The Experimental Justification of the Homeopathic Dilution, Le Bulletin Medical, 46, pp. 528-531, 1932

13. 1936 Boyd, Research on Low Potencies of Homeopathy, London, Heinemann

14. 1936 Boyd, Research on Low Potencies of Homeopathy,London, Heinemann

15. 1938 Pierre Narodetzki, On the Establishment of a Technique for Studying Homeopathic Doses. Thesis. University of Paris, 1938

16. 1938 Perrson, WM enzymes, Effeats of Very Small Amounts of Medicamentws and Chemicals on Urease, Diastase and Trypsin, Archives Internatales de Pharmodynamie et de Therapie, 46, pp. 249-267

17. 1941 PATTERSON & BOYD Potency Action - - A Preliminary Study of the Alteration of the Schick Test by a Homeopathic Potency, The British Homeopathic Journal 31, pp. 301-309

18. 1941 Boyd, W.E. The action of microdoses of mercuric chloride on diastase Br. Hom J 31:1-28

19. 1941 Heintz used UV spectra conductivity to make measurements and IR analysis of high dilutes. Physikalische Wirkungen hochverdunnter potenzierter Substanzen Naturwissenchaften 29:713-25

20. 1942 Boyd, W.E. The application of a new biologic heart rate recorder to the study of the action on the frog ehart of small doses of Crataegus, DIgitalis, Strophanthus gratus and of traces doses of Strophanthus sarmentosus Br. Hom J 43:11-23

21. 1946 Boyd, W.E. “An investigation regarding the aciton on diastase of microdoses of mercuric chloride when prepared with and without mechanical shock” Br. Hom J 36:214-23 22.

22. 1951 J. Jarricot showed that veratrine sulfate 30c could decrease muscle contraction in frogs, and that Iberis amara in dilutions of 18c to 118c could slow the heart beat of turtles. The work appeared to be well controlled. “The Infinitessimals of Homeopathic Physicians Editions des Laboratoires P.H.R,.Lyon

23. 1952 Gay-Boiron , galvonmeter, A Study of the Physics of Dynamization, Edition des Laboratories P.H.R., Lyon France.

24. 1953 Gay/Boiron, galvonometer, ) A Physical Demonstration of the Real Existence of the Homeopathic Remedy, Edition des Laboratories P.H.R., Lyon France

25. 1954 Boyd, W.E. enzymes, “Biochemical and biological evidence of the activity of high potencies” British Homeopathic Journal 44:6-44 . In the1930's Perrson had claimed homeopathic Mercuric Chloride could effect enzymatic process. Boyd followed up under more controlled conditions. Commissioned two research scholars to design the study. Extensive testing and methodology. Merc. Chloride 32C. 500 comparisons between controls and tests.

26. 1964 Heintz, polarography, Les “maximums” del la Polarographie et la force electromotrice de mouvement C.R. Seances Academy Sience 1962

27. 1966 Smith & Boericke, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Modern instrumentaion for the evaluation of homeopathic drug structure, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy

28. 1966 Brucato & Stephenson, 50 KV Alternating Current Dielectric Tester, Dielectric strength testing of homeopathic dilutions of HgCl2, Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy

29. 1968 Smith & Boericke, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Changes caused by succussion on N.M.R. patterns and bioassay of bradykinin triacetate (BKTA) succussion and dilutions, J Am Inst Hom 1968: 61 197-212

30. 1972 Heintz, electronic measures, La mesure de l’action de dilutions successives a l’aide, Ann Hom Fr 14:275-84

31. 1975 Young, Nuclear magnetic resonance studies of succussed solutions J Am Inst Hom 68:8-16

32. 1975 Luu-D-Vinh, Raman-Laser spectroscopy, Etude des dilutions homeopathiques par effet Raman -Laser

33. 1977 NOIRET and CLAUDE, Enterobacter cloacae, Lysteria monocytogenes, Streptoccocus bovis, Activitie des diverse dilutions homeopathiques de Cuprum sulfuricum sur quelques souches microbiennes, Ann Hom Fr 19:91-109

34. 1979 Kumar and Jussal, surface tension measurements, A hypothesis on the nature of homeopathic potencies, Br Homeopathic Journal 68: 197-204

35. 1980 Boiron & Luu-D-Vinh, Raman Laser spectroscopy, Etude de l’actionde la chaleur sur les dilutions hahnemanniennes par spectrometrie raman. Ann Hom Fr 22 (2):113-18

36. 1982 Jussal, Meera, Dua, & Mishra, measured capacitance, resistance and dielectric dispersion, H-ion concentrations, electrode pontetials using an LCR bridge, time domain reflectance spectroscopy, digital pH meter, and nonpolarising electrodes. Physical effects on the suspending medium by compounds asymptotically infinite dilutions, Hahnemannian Gleanings, 3: 114-120

37. 1983 Jussal, Meera, & Dua Dielectric dispersion of weak alcoholic solutions of some drugs at high frequencies using Time Domain Spectroscopy Hahnemannian Gleanings, 8: 358-36638.

38. 1983 Jenkins & Jones yeast and wheat seedlings, Comparison of wheat and yeast as in vitro models for investigating homeopathic medicines. British Homeopathic Journal, 72, 3: 143-14739. 1983 Sacks, A.D. nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy of homeopathic remedies J. Holist. Med. 5, 2: 172-177

39. 1988 De Guidice, E. Preparata, G. Vitello, G. Water as a free electric dipole laser Phys. Rev. Lett. 61: 1085-1088

40. 1988 Davenas, E., F. Beauvais, J. Arnara, M. Oberbaum, B. Robinzon, A. Miadonna, A. Tedeschi, B. Pomeranz, P. Fortner, P. Belon, J. Sainte-Laudy, B. Poitevin & J. Benveniste (198 “Human basophil degranulation triggered by very dilute antiserum against IgE”, Nature, 333(6176):816-18. 42. 1990 Weingartner, O. Nuclear magnetic resonance NMR features that relate to homeopathic Sulfur potencies Berlin, J. Res. Hom. 1,1:61-68

41. 1992 Demangeat, L., Demangeat, C., Gries, P.,Poitevin, B.,Constanstinesco,A. Nuclear magnetic resonance. In this study vortexed potencies of Silicea in a concentration of 1.66X 10-5 to 1.66x 10-29 moll Silicea in 0.9% NaCl were investigate by means of NMR. Special attention was to the relaxation times T1 and T2 of the hydrogen protons Modifications des temps de relaxation RMN a 4 MHz des protons du solvant dans les tres hatures dilutions salines de silice/lactose.

42. 1994 Shui-Yin Lo, photo microscopy, (see pictures of Ice Electric, or “homeopathic” crystals below) In this unusual and controversial experiment, the Lo team, according to Dana Ullman, used an still yet unknown technique to actually photograph hydrogen bonding in water, revealing the suggestion that homeopathic drugs are a type of liquid crystal ”Anomalous State of Ice,” Modern Physics Letters B, 10,19(1996):909-919. See also, “Physical Properties of Water with IE Structures,” Modern Physics Letters B, 10, 19(1996) : 921-930.

43. 1996 Conte, Berliocchi, Lasgne and Vernot, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, beta scintillation, In this amazing little book this interdisciplinary French team presents the first nuclear theory for homeopathic drugs. According to the authors when matters disappears by dilution and is potentized by succussion, it leaves the opposite of the well known super dense black hole, what the authors call a WHITE HOLE and discuss a new atomic particle, the HYPERPROTON. This investigation they believe reveals the first model for the drive of animated matter. In this report they evidence the emission of Beta radiation from homeopathic drugs. Theory of High Dilutions, Polytechnica, Paris

44. 1997 VAN WIJK and WIEGANT, Using a step down arsenite treatment with 100M or 300M arsenite followed by an incubation of rat liver cells with lower concentrations of 1-10M dilutions, cells were shown to exhibit increased sensitivities to low concentrations of sodium arsenite. There was an additional increase in the synthesis of protector proteins when low concentrations of arsenite were applied to arsenite pretreated cells. Stimulation of cellular defence of stressed liver cells by subharmful doses of toxicants HomInt R&D Newsletter, 1:/1997: 12-14 Karlsruhe

45. 1999 Vittorio Elia and Marcella Niccoli, thermography, “Thermodynamics of Extremely Diluted Aqueous Solutions,” Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, June, 827:241-248.

46. 2001 Geckeler, Kurt and Samal, Shashadhar at the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea discovered fullerenes, football-shaped buckyball molecules, formed aggregates in solution, and when diluted, the size of the fullerene particles increased. Cyclodextrin molecules behaved the same way. So did the organic molecule sodium guanosine monophosphate, DNA and sodium chloride. Dilution made molecules cluster five to 10 times bigger than those in the original solutions. Growth was not linear, and depended on the original concentration. Geckeler and Samal found that the more dilute the solution inthebeginning, the larger the aggregates become, and only worked in polar solvents like water, in which one end of the molecule has a pronounced positive charge while the other end is negative. Chemical Communications, 2001, page 2224; there is no volume number

47. 2003 Bell I., Lewis D., Brooks A., Lewis S., Schwartz G. Gas Discharge Visualization Evaluation of Ultramolecular Doses of Homeopathic Medicines Under Blinded, Controlled Conditions. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Volume 9, Number 1, 2003, pp. 25-38.

48. 2004 Belon, P., J. Cumps, M. Ennis, P.F. Mannaioni, M. Roberfroid, J. Sainte-Laudy, & F.A. Wiegant (2004) “Histamine dilutions modulate basophil activation”, Inflammation Research, 53(5):181-8.


Some Department of Defense Research / Samueli Institute (UNCLASSIFIED), Courtesy of “Dr.Quack” at , Outdated list as of 27 MAY 08):

1. Rapid Induction of Protective Tolerance to Potential Terrorist Agents: A Systematic Review of Low and Ultra-low Dose Research. Astrid Szeto, Dr. Florence Rollwagen, Dr. Wayne B. Jonas. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Samueli Institute for Information Biology.

2. Induced Neuroprotection for Biochemical Warfare. Dr. Aryan Namboodiri. Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

3. Complimentary and Alternative Research for Military Operations and Healthcare [MIL-CAM]

4. Homeopathic Nosodes for the Treatment of VEE Infection. Dr. Radha Maheshwari. Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.

5. Mechanisms of Receptor Signaling Following Low and Ultra-Low Treatment of Macrophages with Lipopolysaccharide and Interlukin-6. Dr. Florence Rollwagen. Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD.

6. Digital Biology Program. Dr. Wayne B. Jonas, MD; Dr. John Ives; Dr. Florence Rollwagen; Dr. Rajesh Kumar. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

7. Proteomic Analysis of Homeopathic Glutamanergic Neurotoxicity and Protection. Dr. Aryan Namboodiri. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

8. Efficacy of Homeopathic Drugs in Management of Myomata Uteri. Dr. Girish Gupta. Gaurant Clinic and Centre for Homeopathic Research. Lucknow, India.

9. Homeopathic Nosodes in the Treatment of Viral Infections. Dr. Radha Maheshwari. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Bethesda, MD.

10. A Double-blind Randomized Homeopathic Remedy Proving: A Comparison of Two High Potencies. Dr. Heribert Mollinger. Gesundheitszentrum Sokrates. Guttingen, Switzerland.

11. Macroscopic Entanglement as a Model for Information Biology Effects -- Empirical Tests of a New Model. Dr. Harald Walach. Director of Research. Institute of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology. Freiburg University Hospital. Freiburg, Germany.

12. Are the Therapeutic Effects of Homeopathy Attributed to the Consultation, the Homeopathic Remedy or Both? An Exploratory Randomized Controlled Trial in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients. Dr. Sarah Brien, Dr. George T. Lewith. School of Medicine, University of Southamption, U.K.

13. Homeopathic Approach for the Treatment and Prevention of Cancer: Preclinical Studies Using Animal Models. Dr. Ramadasan Kuttan. Amala Cancer Research Center. Kerala, India.

14. Efficacy of Homeopathic Drugs in the Management of Cancer: A Clinical Study. Dr. Girish Gupta. Gaurant Clinic and Center for Homeopathic Research. Lucknow, India.

15. Assessment of Outcomes from the Use of Homeopathy and Acupuncture in General Practice. Dr. Karin Kirschmann. University Hospital Freiburg. Department of Environmental Medicine and Hospital Epidemiology.

16. Proteomic Analysis of Homeopathic Glutamanergic Neurotoxicity and Protection. Dr. Aryan Namboodiri. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Bethesda, MD.

17. Homeopathic Approach for Treatment and Prevention of Breast Cancer: Pre-Clinical Studies Using Cell and Animal Models. Dr. Radha Maheshwari. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Bethesda, MD.

18. HALD Chemistry Core Laboratory. Dr. Todor Todorov, Dr. Jose Centeno. Laboratory of Biophysics and Environmental Toxicology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Washington, D.C.

19. A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled, Multi-centered Clinical Trial to Assess the Efficacy of the Homeopathic Medication TRAUMEEL S in the Treatment of Chemotherapy-induced Stomatitis in Patients Undergoing Bone Marrow Transplantation. Dr. Menachem Oberbaum. Center for Integrated Complimentary Medicine. Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Israel.

20. Program on Neuroprotection with Homeopathic Glutamate. Dr. John Ives, Ayo Olufade, Dr.Ann Marini, Dr. Diane Marotta. Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Washington, D.C.

21. Prevention of Prostate Cancer with Low-dose Cadmium. Dr. Radha Maheshwari, Dr. Jaya Gaddipati, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Pankaj Seth, Dr. Michael Waalkes. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Two NIH laboratories; Gaurang Clinic, Lucknow, India; Amala Research Center, Amala, India.

22. Systematic Review of Hormesis and Homeopathy for Biochemical Warfare Protection. Astrid Szeto. Environmental Control Section. Food and Drug Administration. Washington, D.C.

23. Homeopathic Protection of the Brain from Biochemical Warfare Agents. Dr. Aryan Namboodiri. Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics. Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Bethesda, MD.

(Courtesy: Gina Tyler, Dhom of )

1. Variation in Fourier transform infrared spectra of some homeopathic potencies and their diluent media. Department of Zoology, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether potentized homeopathic drugs and their diluent media differ from each other with respect to their Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra.
2. DESIGN: FTIR spectra of Nux vomica 30C, Lycopodium 30C, Santonin 30C, Cina 30C, Cina 206C, Cina 1006C, and their diluent media 90% ethanol and Ethanol 30C were obtained in the wave number range of 2000-1000 cm1 at 20 degrees C. Potassium bromide powder soaked with the potencies, pressed into pellets, and air dried were used to measure the spectra. Because water structures in homeopathic potencies are thought to carry specific information on drug molecules and because O-H bending vibrational band (v2) exclusively belongs to water, the study was restricted to the bands in that wave number region. Alcohol has no absorption in the O-H bending region. RESULTS: The potencies were found to differ from each other and their diluent media in the number of v2 bands, their wave number (cm1), shape, and half-width (cm1) of the bands. PMID: 16296914 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

3. Bruno Brigo, and G. Serpelloni, "Homeopathic Treatment of Migraines: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Study of 60 Cases," Berlin Journal on Research in Homeopathy, March 1991, 1,2:98-106).

4. Jennifer Jacobs, L. Jimenez, Margarita, Stephen Gloyd, "Treatment of Acute Childhood Diarrhea with Homeopathic Medicine: A Randomized Clinical Trial in Nicaragua," Pediatrics, May 1994, 93,5:719-25. This randomized double-blind study involving 81 children was conducted in Nicaragua in cooperation with the University of Washington and the University of Guadalajara. The results showed that, the individualized homeopathic medicine showed clinically and statistically significant improvement in the children’s diarrhea, compared to the children treated with placebo. Children that received homeopathic medicine recovered from infection 20% faster than the children treated with placebo. The children who were more sick reacted to the homeopathic treatment in a spectacular manner. In total the study used 18 different homeopathic medicines selected on an individualized basis according to the symptoms of each child.

5. The effectiveness of homeopathic treatment was proved is diabetic retinitis. (Zicari, et al., "Valutazione dell'azione Angioprotettiva di Preparati di Arnica nel Trattamento della Retinpatia Diabetica," Bolletino de Oculistica, 1992, 5:841-848).

6. White mice were exposed to X radiation with a power of 100 to 200 rad (non lethal dosage) and were then evaluated after 24, 48 and 72 hours. Ginseng 6X, 30CH and 200CH and Ruta graveolans 30CH and 200CH were given before and after the radiation. In comparison to mice who received placebo, those who were administered with homeopathic medicines presented significantly less damage in cells and chromosomes. (A.R. Khuda-Bukhsh, S. Banik, "Assessment of Cytogenetic Damage in X-irradiated Mice and its Alteration by Oral Administration of Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Ginseng D200," Berlin Journal of Research in Homeopathy, 1991, 1,4/5:254. Also Khuda-Bukhsh, A.R. Maity, S., "Alteration of Cytogenetic Effects by Oral Administration of Potentized Homeopathic Drug, Ruta graveolens in Mice Exposed to Sub-lethal X-radiation," Berlin Journal of Research in Homeopathy, 1991, 1, 4/5:264).

7. In a study conducted in the Moscow People’s Friendship University, the electric activity of the muscular wall of the stomach and duodenum was studied after the effect of the homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica (A. Zavadskaya, K. Privalova, S. Pasin, G. Loukas, Department of Homeopathy).

8. In an experiment using cats the effect of the medicine Nux Vomica 30CH was studied after applying it to the region of electrodes in the cardia of the stomach, the body, the pylorus and the duodenal bulb. After the application of the medicine, the muscular activity in the body increased by 3.2 times, 2.1 times in the pylorus, while in the duodenal bulb it was reduced by 2.2 times. The experiment proved the ability of the homeopathic medicine Nux Vomica to have an effect on the function of the stomach. The results of this experiment agree with the results of the homeopathy experimental proof for this medicine.

9. In another research conducted in the same university, the endurance of mice under hypoxia conditions due to the administration of the homeopathic medicine Hydrogenium Peroxydatum 30CH was studied (A. Chochlov, A. Zavadskaya, Ch. Efstathiou, G. Loukas, Department of Homeopathy). Two groups of mice were used, one of which received homeopathic medicine and the other placebo. Mice who received placebo were the healthier ones while mice that received the homeopathic medicine were the weaker ones. An experimental model was used, where the two groups were placed under high altitude conditions. Mice that received the homeopathic medicine showed faster and better adaptation to hypoxia conditions. Furthermore, when they returned to normal conditions, they reverted to their normal state more quickly and had longer life duration than the mice of the other group.

10. In another research conducted in the same university, the effect of the homeopathic medicine Berberis vulgaris on the lymphatic drainage was studied (A. Zavadskaya et al.). Plant tincture and homeopathic medicines in the 3rd, 6th and 30th potency were given to mice. Initially the time of drainage of the coloring substance from the intestine to the mesentery was measured before providing any medicine. Then the various medicines were tested and the drainage time was measured. The study of the results showed that the potentized forms of Berberis vulgaris increase the lymphatic drainage while the corresponding plant tincture contains it. Especially the 3rd and 6th potencies increased the drainage more in the intestine than in the mesentery while the 30th increased it to the same degree in both the intestine and the mesentery.

11. First double blind study: This cross-over study ever performed was done by homoeopaths. This impressive study was done concurrently in eleven different cities on fifteen subjects. This particular experiment consisted of 665 pages, which was the research proving of belladonna. [Howard P. Bellows. The test drug proving of the O.O. and L. Society: a reproving of Belladonna (Boston: the American homoeopathic ophthalmological, otological, and laryngological society. 1906).]

12. Scientific Evidences about Homoeopathy © Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD (Homoeopathy), Dr. (Km) Ruchi Rajput BHMS, Homoeo Cure Research Centre P. Ltd., NH 74- Moradabad Road,Kashipur (UTTARANCHAL) – INDIA Email :

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Whenever critics may say That HOMEOPATHY does not have any good research. we can confidently inform them that they are not familiar with The SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE. The following summarizes a number of good double-blind Homeopathy studies including both LABORATORY STUDIES as well as CLINICAL RESEARCH. HOMEOPATHY also has a most IMPRESSIVE ACCUMULATION OF STATISTICS that has been acquired over The last 200 years. In a time and age when medicines have a rapid turnover due to harmful side effects or ineffectiveness, Homeopathy has stood the TEST OF TIME. As basic truths will always exist, so have the remedies of Homeopathy. It should be known that In 1975 the U.S. CONGRESS OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT estimated That only 10-20% of all CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL PRACTICES have been shown to be EFFICACIOUS BY CONTROLLED TRAIL. 1

EARLY HOMEOPATHY RESEARCH — To the surprise of most, The FIRST DOUBLE BLIND CROSS-OVER STUDY EVER PERFORMED was done in 1906 BY HOMEOPATHS. This impressive study was done concurrently in eleven different cities on fifteen subjects. This particular experiment consisted of 665 pages, which was The Research Provings of BELLADONNA. 2

Also at the turn of The century. a book was published called "The LOGIC OF FIGURES or COMPARATIVE RESULTS OF HOMEOPATHICAND OTHER TREATMENTS. This book provides dozens of charts comparing dis-ease and death rates in Homeopathic and Allopathic Hospitals. This also included the epidemic diseases of scarlet fever, yellow fever, typhoid. etc. The HOMEOPATHIC HOSPITALS usually had 50 TO 80% LESS DEATHS PER 100 PEOPLE, depending on The disease compared.

Another early double blind Homeopathy study was sponsored by the BRITISH GOVERNMENT DURING WORLD WAR II, The experiment demonstrated that those given Homeopathic Remedies experienced SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN BURNS FROM MUSTARD GAS in comparison to those given a Placebo. A 1982 review provided further substantiation of the statistical significance of the Homeopathy research. 3, 4

LABORATORY EVIDENCE — The number one criticism of the scientific community has been the "infinitesimal" nature or the dilution principle of Homeopathy. Homeopaths do agree that once a remedy is diluted beyond 24x or 12C potencies. they are diluted beyond Avagadro's Number (6.23 x 10-23) which theoretically indicates that no molecules are present in the original substance. However, both LABORATORY AND CLINICAL RESULTS over The last 190 years have demonstrated definite effectiveness with Homeopathic remedies beyond this dilution.

A recent NUCLEAR MAGNETIC RESONANCE (NMR) study showed that all twenty-three different Homeopathic Remedies and Potencies tested had DISTINCTIVE READINGS OF SUBMOLECULAR ACTIVITY, while The Placebos did not. This demonstrates That homeopathy's function is not so much chemical but energetic. As Chiropractors, you will observe dramatic clearing of sensory nerve Interference and pathological reflex activity causing chronic recurring subluxation activity and dis-ease.5


A recent double-blinded study has shown THE ANTIVIRAL EFFECT OF HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES EIGHT OF THE TEN remedies tested INHIBITED VIRUSES in chicken embryos from 50 to 100 PERCENT depending on The potencies used.6


The respected journal. HUMAN TOXICOLOGY. published a study showing that Homeopathic doses of arsenic eliminated crude doses of trapped arsenic that had been previously fed to rats.7


Four German Scientists at a Veterinary College showed That Homeopathic Chelidonium had LOWERED SERUM CHOLESTEROL when given twice a day to rabbits on a cholesterol rich diet.8


British Veterinarian, Christopher Day, had conducted several pilot studies demonstrating how Homeopathic Remedies had REDUCED LABOR PROBLEMS in cattle. STILL BIRTHS in pigs, and MASTITIS in catlle.9


The Cancer Research Center in India found that of the 77 mice That received a transplant in FIBROSARCOMA, 52 PERCENT SURVIVED more than one year with Homeopathic Remedies. The 77 mice That were untreated died within 10-15 days.10


Scientists at a BRITISH SCHOOL of PHARMACY found that rodents given Hypericum were able to INHIBIT PAIN RESPONSES. Rodents were able to remain on a hot plate longer than the control group. When given NaLoxone. which inhibits pain killing endorphins, the protective effects of Hypericum was reduced, showing that Homeopathic Hypericum activates endorphins when needed. Please note that these rodents were free to walk off the hot plate whenever discomfort was noticed.11


Homeopathic Apis and Histamine have a significant effect on reducing the release of certain allergy-causing chemicals from Basophils, which demonstrates one reason for Homeopathy’s positive effects on allergies.12


A respected pharmacology journal showed that Homeopathic Silica had a significant effect on STIMULATING MACROPHAGES in mice, which destroy foreign particles, bacteria, and old cells.13


CLINICAL EVIDENCE: The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a double-blind Homeopathy experiment on patients with RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. An IMPRESSIVE 82 PERCENT OF THOSE GIVEN A HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE EXPERIENCED SOME RELIEF OF SYMPTOMS, while only 21 percent of Those given a placebo experienced any similar degree of improvement. 14


Another double-blind Homeopathy trial was conducted on patients with DENTAL NEURALGIC PAIN FOLLOWING tooth extraction. An impressive 76 PERCENT of those given the Homeopathic medicine Arnica and Hypericum EXPERIENCED RELIEF OF PAIN.15


The respected GERMAN PHARMACOLOGICAL JOURNAL demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in REDUCING VERTIGO AND NAUSEA with a Homeopathic combination formula.16


French researchers recently completed a double-blind trial using a Homeopathic Formula to TREAT PREGNANT WOMEN. The study found this Homeopathic Formula to REDUCE LABOR TIME and DECREASE ABNORMAL LABOR. The average labor time of the women given the Homeopathic Formula was 5.1 HOURS, while the Placebo Group was 8.5 HOURS. ONLY 11.3 PERCENT OF THE WOMEN GIVEN THE HOMEOPATHIC FORMULA had any ABNORMAL LABOR, while 40 PERCENT of the Placebo Group had an ABNORMAL LABOR,17



In England, The Royal Family has regularly used Homeopathy since the 1830’s. Today, QUEEN ELIZABETH II is a patron to the famed Royal London Homeopathic Hospital and PRINCE CHARLES is known to carry Homeopathic medicines whenever he travels.

GAY GAER LUCE. Ph.D. (twice winner of The National Science Writer’s Award) said that, "Homeopathy is a highly developed health practice that uses a systematic approach to the totality of a person’s health. Anyone seeking a fuller understanding of health and healing will find Homeopathy extremely important and applicable."

MARK TWAIN once said: ".... (For) the introduction of Homeopathy, which forced the old school doctor to stir around and learn something of a rational nature about his business. YOU MAY HONESTLY FEEL GRATEFUL THAT HOMEOPATHY SURVIVED THE ATTEMPTS OF THE ALLOPATHS (THE ORTHODOX PHYSICIANS) TO DESTROY IT." Harper’s Magazine. February 1890.

WILLIAM JAMES stated that, "An enormous mass of experience, both of Homeopathic doctors and their patients, is invoked in favor of the efficacy of these remedies and doses."

JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER thought that Homeopathy is a "progressive and aggressive step in medicine."

MAHATMA GANDHI declared that, "Homeopathy. . . cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt safer, more economical, and the most complete medical science.



Mahatma Gandhi
William James
John D. Rockefeller
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Daniel Webster
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Samuel F.B. Morse


Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England
Tina Turner, Singer. Actress
Yehudi Menuhin, Master Violinist
Nicholos Von Hoffman, Syndicated Columnist
William Tiller. Ph.D., Stanford Professor
Pat Riley, Coach of the L.A. Lakers
Lindsay Wagner, Actress
Andrew Weil, M.D., Researcher and Author
OJ Simpson, Football Superstar
Jim Bouton, Ex-Yankee Pitcher
Bob MacAdoo, NBA Rookie-Of-The-Year 1972
Sally Little, Pro Golfer
Kate Schmidt, Two Time Olympic Medallist in The Javelin

GROWTH STATISTICS: THE F.D.A. CONSUMER, one of our government’s magazines, reported That the sales of HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES INCREASED 1000% FROM THE LATE 1970s TO THE EARLY 1980s. (March, 1985)

The Washington Post (April 28. 1983) reported That The number of PHYSICIANS PRACTICING HOMEOPATHY DOUBLED FROM 1980 TO 1983.

The New York Times (January 9. 1985) reported That The number of visits to Homeopathic Physicians in England is growing at an INCREDIBLE 39% PER YEAR. The London Times (March 13,1985) noted that 48% OF THE PHYSICIANS IN ENGLAND RECOMMEND HOMEOPATHY TO SOME OF THEIR PATIENTS.

Homeopathy has received more attention in the popular and scientific press in the past year than at any other lime in history.

NEWSWEEK, TIME. "THE TODAY SHOW," "CBS MORNING NEWS." NEW YORK TIMES, LOS ANGELES TIMES. BOSTON GLOBE. UPI. AP. and NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO are but some of The media who have done one or more stories on Homeopathy in the past year.

A recent survey of French Doctors revealed that approximately 11.000 physicians utilize Homeopathic Medicines. Twenty-Thousand French Pharmacies now sell Homeopathic Medicines. This survey also stated that six medical schools offer courses in Homeopathy leading to a degree. Homeopathy is also taught in ALL pharmacy schools and four veterinary schools. 18

Homeopathy is growing so rapidly in France that a recent cover story of Le Nouvel Observateur, one of France’s leading magazines, noted That President Mitterrand and six Medical School Deans had called for more research on Homeopathy. 19

Homeopathy is experiencing widespread popularity in Europe. but it is even more popular in Asia, especially India. Pakistan. and Sri Lanka. Homeopathy has spread like wild fire in India due to its effectiveness in treating both the acute infectious conditions and chronic maladies on the sub-continent.

Presently, there are over 120 four- to five-year Homeopathic Medical Schools, and 100,000 Homeopathic Practitioners in India. 20

Homeopathy is also growing widely in South America Mexico, Greece, Belgium. Italy. Australia, South Africa, Nigeria, and the Soviet Union.


Homeopathy Research References

1 Office of Technology Assessment, Assessing the Safety and Efficacy of Medical Technology (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office. September 1978) p. 7.

2. Howard P. Bellows. The Test Drug Proving of the O.O. and L. Society: A Reproving of Belladonna (Boston: The American Homeopathic Ophthalmological, Otological, and Laryngological Society. 1906).

3. J. Paterson. "Report on Mustard Gas Experiments," Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. 37 (1944): 47-50. 88-92.

4. R.M.M. Owen and G. Ives, "The Mustard Gas Experiments of The British Homeopathic Society: 1941-1942," Proceedinas of The 35th International Homeopathic Congress. 1982, pp. 258-259.

5. Adam Sacks. "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Homeopathic Remedies," Journal of Holistic Medicine, 5 (Fall-Winter 1983): 172-175: RB. Smith and G.W. Boericke, "Changes Caused By Succussion on N.M.R, Patterns and Bioassay of Bradykinin Triacetate (BKTA) Succussions and Dilution Journal of The American Institute of Homeopathy, 61 (November-December 1968): 197-212.

6, L.M. Singh and G. Gupta, "Antiviral Efficacy of Homeopathic Drugs Against Animal Viruses," British Homeopathic Journal, 74 (July 1985): 168-174.

7. J.C. Cazin et al.. "A Study of the Effect of Decimal and Centesimal Dilution of Arsenic on Retention and Mobilization of Arsenic in the Rat," Human Toxicology, July 1987.

8. V. Baumans, C.J. Bol, W.M.T. oWe Luttikhuis, and A.C. Beynen. "Does Chelidonium 3X Lower Serum Cholesterol?" British Homeopathic Journal, 76 (January 1987): 14-15.

9. Christopher Day, "Control of Stillbirths in Pigs Using Homeopathy." Veterinary Record, 114 (March 3, 1984): 216 reprinted in American Institute of Homeopathy, 779 (December 1986): 146-147.

Christopher Day, "Clinical Trials in Bovine Mastitis: Use of Nosodes for Prevention," British Homeopathic Journal, 75 (January 1986): 11-15.

10. H. Choudhury, "Cure of Cancer in Experimental Mice with Certain Biochemic Salts," British Homeopathic Journal, 69 (1980): 168-170.

11. G.R. Keysall, K.L. Williamson, and B.D. Tolman. "The Testing of Some Homeopathic Preparations in Rodents, "Proceedings of the 40th International Homeopathic Congress (Lyon. France, 1985). pp. 228-231,

12. Jean Boiron. Jacky Abecassls. and Philippe Belon. "The Effects of Hahnemannian Potencies of 7c Histaminum and 7c Apis Mellifica upon Basophil Degranulation in Allergic Patients." Aspects of Research in Homoepathy (Lyon: Boiron, 1983), pp. 61-66.

13. Elizabeth Davenas. Bernard Poitevin, and Jacques Benveniste, Effect on Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages of Orally Administered Very High Dilutions of Silica,"European Journal of Pharmacology. 135 (April 1987): 313-319.

14. PG. Gibson, S. L.M. Gibson, AD. MacNeil. et al.. "Homeopathic Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis: Evaluation Double-Blind Controlled Trial,"British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 9 (1980): 453-459.

15. Henry Albertini et al.. "Homeopathic Treatment of Neuralgia Using Arnica and Hypericum: A Summary of 60 Observations," Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy. 78 (September 1985): 126-128.

16. C.F. Claussen, J. Bergmann. G. Bertora .and E. Claussen. "Homoopathische Kombinatlon bel Vertigo and Nausea." Arzneim. Forsch/Drug Res., 34(1984) 1791-98.

17. Pierre Dorfman, Marie Noel Lasserre. and Max Tetau, "Preparation a l’accounchement par homeopathie: Experimentation en double-insu versus placebo" (Preparation for Birth by Homeopathy; Experimentation by Double-Blind Versus Placebo), Cahrs de Biotherapie. 94 (April 1987): 77-81.

10. IFOP Survey, Paris, 1985.

19. "Medecines douches: La revanche de l‘homeopathie." Le Nouvel Observateur, April 12. 1985, pp. 36-41.

20. Jugal Kishore. "Homeopathy: The Indian Experience," World Health Forum, (1983): 107,

Ibid.. p. 106.

Psychodiva said...

WTF? all that research is quack research
celebrity suport of anything does not make it true

old research has generally been disproven by now through real scientific methods

loads and loads of substances can affect microbes and small organisms yet have absolutely no effect on the human body

you are either a troll or a hoeopathic nut who will believe anything - why don't you put all that stuff on your own blog? why troll it in a comment?

John Benneth said...

My name is John Benneth. I'm the one who assembled the first part of those references . . I recognize the typos! To respond to all this research as quackery I think impugns the credibility of the author.
I mean, come on, some of it was done by medical doctors, such as the head of the NIH (Jonas) in Universities. Who are you to question it? Where are your degrees in the scientific method. Have YOU even read ONE of these reports?
No, of course not. That would show some intelligence and a little concern.
See, I have had many communications, thank you, over the years with skeptics re: homeopathy (70 from Randi) and have found that there seems to be a common pathology to hating homeopathy.
One is that homeopathy haters are ALWAYS atheists. Denial, then, of invisible living forces such as biomagnetism drives them into histrionics and showers abuse on anyone suggesting such a thing. Any evidence and testimonial from anyone . . it doesn't matter what their credentials are . . is dismissed.
My conclusion is that antipathy towards homeopathy is on a level with things like racism, anti-semitism, gay bashing, jingoism and bigotry. It springs eternal out of the breasts of mundane, angry little men bent on gaining some notoriety from their denial, justice for themselves while begging spiritual laxatives.
The bottom line, after revealing the voluminous work researchers have done in the study of the action of succussed high dilutes on plants and animals, and some humans, and seeing how it elicits a particular type of jump reaction from atheists and pseudo scientists, one can only conclude that the latter two have transmogrified their zeusophobia into denial of all biodynamics.
Robert Park and James Randi are excellent examples of it. BTW, I've offered $1000 to anyone who can prove that Randi's offer of a million for proof of homeopathy is valid, has yet to have a taker. Same rules as Randi's apply, the point being there is no intention on the part of skeptics to prove anything but their own exhibitionist rants. Anti-homeopathy is merely a stunt by a bunch of losers to make themselves look superior to others by ridicule.
When challenged to a real debate or test, they ALWAYS back down. Always. What about the Horison test of Benveniste’s basophils? The producer consulted me on that. It was a set up. Go to the people who done what yo0u want to see done, I told them. Rolland Contge, for example. But no. They had to hire their own fools to scrfew it up. That’s the only way Randi will have it. Prove me wrong.
When they see what serious opposition they have in the universities, hospitals and courts, one-eighty. Randi included. He leads the way, through the brambles and the briars, through places a rabbit wouldn’t go . .
If homeopathy was everything the critics say it is, would an MD who uses it in her practice be featured on the FDA website? Check it out. Google it.
Ladies and gentlemen, reasonable thinkers, if it was bunk it would have been outlawed long ago, it wouldn‘t have millions of adherents or be taught in medical schools throughout the world. You wouldn’t find it on store shelves, you wouldn’t hear people saying, repeatedly, in testimony after testimony, that homeopathy worked for them after trying everything else. They don’t care if it’s a placebo, whatever that is, if it works, and its cheeap enough, they want it. That’s what attracted me to it. Nothing else offered by medical science worked for a mysterious skin problem I picked up in Europe, an itchy, dry patch on my side. I went to skin specialists and they didn’t even know what it was. Eventually a friend suggested homeopathy, and within a week I was cured, so I became interested in it, and for a while, was under the false notion, like most homeopathy critics, that there was no valid research of it, that it was some weird mystery. Only when I began to ask if there had been objective tests, did the floodgates of research open to me, thanks to the Deutches Homoeopathic Union.
And so it’s rude, stupid and unnecessarily dismissive to just wipe it away as being quackery. That’s a calumny, a libel. The speaker should some prive, however small it may be, for making it. Perhaps we can extract some retribution for it here by showing just how stupid the homeopathy haters are.
Let’s take the case of Dr. William E. Boyd for instance, a Scottish M.D. who spent years studying the biochemical effects of homeopathic mercury on distase starch enzymes. He commissioned teams of renowned scientists to design the experiment, hired and trained techincians to conduct them, commissioned renowned scientists to review the results and others to double check them, he did work that would be cost prohibitive today. Boyd wrote elegant reports, suitable for replication, and some fool calls this quackery witho9ut ever having read it?
Knighted men walked away from Boyd’s reports scratching their heads without be able to identify the cause of the anomalous yet positive results they evidenced for homeopathy.
And some goofy screed thinks he should be taken seriously for calling it quackery? AM I being too easy on him?. Maybe I should use stronger language to express how I feel about someone who is so derisive of such noble work.
“Who the hell do you think you are? What an asshole!”
Where do people like this come from?
And they base the call for quckery on a foregone, Avodagran conclusion without even reading the report? Come on! What else are they dismissing? Their taxes, their families, their patriotic duty, the innocence of their children? Do they give stones to them when they ask for bread? They probably don’t have children. They probably ate them long ago!
So what good is their opinion, really? In the light of research and popularity, these outrageous cynics continue to spew, and still have proven NOTHING, nothing, and the proof of that is that it continues to grow, as if it has a life of its own, advertised on radio and TV with continued success as popular treatments now for rheumatic pains in pets and humans. It works on plants, I’ve seen it. Since when do plants react to placebos. All that attention . .
Just the other night my wife, who has long suffered and complained of restless leg syndrome, was cured of it within the hour by a dose of 6x magnesium phosphoricum. Now, what good are the critics complaints that it shouldn’t work for her when it does anyway? How can you insist that it’s a placebo when it works on a rhododendron, or triple the growth rate of oat seeds, or it shuts up complaints?
Huh? All Randi and Parks can say is that it’s a delusion. So what if it was? It’s a healthy delusion if it is one. Thank you. But what qualifies tham to MAKE that assessment?
I put the evidence for homeopathy before Dr. Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Arizona, and he proceeded to demonstrate the physical aspects of it with a test he concocted using gas dispersion spectrometry, a test he conducted with Iris Bell, MD. So how is it that he has to do the work that Parks, the physicist, should be doing, and won’t, designing a repeatable physical test, while Parks and Randi go on crowing about insanity, the thing that Schwartz is the authority on?
Is something starting to smell here? AM I the only one that notices it? I don’t think so. I can see the look on the faces of some readers. THEY GET IT.
What I’ve seen is that if they’re honest, as soon as they get their hands dirty doing the actual test, THEY STOP BEING CRITICS! If they’re not so invested in a negative outcome, they put their theories aside and take it for what it’s worth once they’ve seen it work, the dog get better, his coat shines, the pain stops, the wife stops complaining, the plaqnt grows taller.
Yes, admitting it is a difficult thing to do when you’re an EGOMANIAC and you’ve made a career out of telling people it’s madness. Sure.
Well, I’m sure there’s more than one lesson in there that could be expressed with a maxim. GOOD.

Hannah King said...

John Benneth - If you want me to take you seriously:

A. Prove that a single molecule of 'mother tincture' in a volume of water that is greater than the size of our very planet, can have any effect whatsoever on anyone or anything.

B. Prove that water has a memory.

C. Prove that water has a selective memory (thus enabling it to remember the 'mother tincture' yet forget the various bodily fluids it has passed through, let alone the sewage system, the various rivers and lakes and so on and so forth.)

D. Prove that a single human being has actually been cured of something 'allopathically' observed, by Homeopathy alone.

By prove, I mean empirically. 'Allopathic' doctors should be able to look at this proof and agree.

By 'allopathically' observed, I mean a real documented case of illness, something that any person could contract, that is easily identifiable and that can only be cured using real medical intervention.

By alone, I mean without a single bit of outside help.

Once you've done all this - without resorting to decades old research, quote-mining or selective linking to pseudo-scientific webpages - then I may consider approaching Homeopathy with a more credulous process.

As it stands, Homeopathy is a load of baloney and doesn't deserve the paper its books are printed on.

Psychodiva said...

obviously this semi-troll has a vested interest in homeocrapathy - I have degrees, I have lots of education- what on earth makes you think I don't? oh- of course! I disagreed with you - that of course is the major measure most quacks use when they argue against somebody - you disagree therefore you must be stupid - lol- if you think that works then it is obvious why you believe homeocrapathy works you dolt.

Psychodiva said...

ifg any of the trolls ever come back- they should go and read this

John Benneth said...

Lovely! Beautifully inane responses from the usual atheists.
Okay, now that I've stopped laughing, now that you're through bragging about your degrees and demanding molecular proof, check this out

"This study from the International Journal of Oncology shows how the
homeopathic remedy Ruta 6 used in conjunction with CalPhos 3x was useful in the regression of tumors in glioma patients."

Certainly for all the self proclaimed scientists here who are too cowardly to afix their real names to their ignorance, I don't need to interpret anything do I? If the homeopathic drugs were ineffective, I sincerely doubt that the researchers, real M.D.'s using their real names while putting their careers on the line to treat life threatening cancer, would have included the word "homeopathy" in an oncology report unless there was little doubt in their minds that it showed something more than just possibilities, and feature homeopathy in their report.
What puzzles me is that more people aren't puzzled by the a priori, non sciencitfic method of skeptics.
But please, continue with your knee jerk stupidity. It's kind of like watching a bully get his ass kicked by his intended victim. Very entertaining way to learn about new treatments for once hnopeless situations. Maybe there's even a chance for you.
BTW, what were those degrees of yours in? Basketweaking?
John Benneth

"Although conventional chemotherapies are used to treat patients with
malignancies, damage to normal cells is problematic.
Blood-forming bone marrow cells are the most adversely affected.
It is therefore necessary to find alternative agents that can kill cancer
cells but have minimal effects on normal cells.
We investigated the brain cancer cell-killing activity of a homeopathic
medicine, Ruta, isolated from a plant, Ruta graveolens.
We treated human brain cancer and HL-60 leukemia cells, normal B-lymphoid
cells, and murine melanoma cells in vitro with different concentrations of
Ruta in combination with Ca3(PO4)2.
Fifteen patients diagnosed with intracranial tumors were treated with Ruta 6
and Ca3(PO4)2.
Of these 15 patients, 6 of the 7 glioma patients showed complete regression
of tumors.
Normal human blood lymphocytes, B-lymphoid cells, and brain cancer cells
treated with Ruta in vitro were examined for telomere dynamics, mitotic
catastrophe, and apoptosis to understand the possible mechanism of
cell-killing, using conventional and molecular cytogenetic techniques.
Both in vivo and in vitro results showed induction of survival-signaling
pathways in normal lymphocytes and induction of death-signaling pathways in
brain cancer cells.
Cancer cell death was initiated by telomere erosion and completed through
mitotic catastrophe events.
We propose that Ruta in combination with Ca3(PO4)2 could be used for
effective treatment of brain cancers, particularly glioma."

Here are the names and addresses of the professionals who worked this study:
Departments of 1Cancer Biology [S.P., A.S.M.] and 2Laboratory Medicine
[S.P.], The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
77030, USA; 3PBH Research Foundation, 10/3/1 Elgin Road, Kolkata 700 020,
West Bengal, India [Pratip B, Prasanta B].
Correspondence to: Professor S. Pathak, Department of Molecular Genetics,
Box 011, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX
77030, USA E-mail: Received April 16, 2003; Accepted
May 28, 2003.

So are these people fools too? Is the International Journal of Oncology run by fools as well?
I think this is more evidence of who the real fools are here and that we have to stop listening to people like you . . whoever you are.

Psychodiva said...

mm smarmy and less than charming git aren't you- you appear to make a career out of chasing people on blogs and websites trying desperately to 'prove' your claims are true and relying on anecdotal evidence or argument from authority- I think James Randi already proved what a fool you are yet you in your madness and idiocy fail to see it :) what a laugh.

So- when are you going to answer the questions posed by Whisper? too scared? too stupid? are you going to anser them with more so-called 'put-downs' or appeals to authority? or are there many and various ways you have fo showing your complete and utter idiocy along with your graceless behaviour? lead on fool.

Psychodiva said...

oh- and while you are at it- post a link that works so that we can read the paper you talk about. From what you have there it is clear that they are using the basic ingredient from the plant not the stupid homeopathic 'watered down' version of it :) if I'm wrong- then show me the paper to prove it

Psychodiva said...

this from Quackwatch

In December 1996, a lengthy report was published by the Homoeopathic Medicine Research Group (HMRG), an expert panel convened by the Commission of the European Communities. The HMRG included homeopathic physician-researchers and experts in clinical research, clinical pharmacology, biostatistics, and clinical epidemiology. Its aim was to evaluate published and unpublished reports of controlled trials of homeopathic treatment. After examining 184 reports, the panelists concluded: (1) only 17 were designed and reported well enough to be worth considering; (2) in some of these trials, homeopathic approaches may have exerted a greater effect than a placebo or no treatment; and (3) the number of participants in these 17 trials was too small to draw any conclusions about the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment for any specific condition [5]. Simply put: Most homeopathic research is worthless, and no homeopathic product has been proven effective for any therapeutic purpose. The National Council Against Health Fraud has warned that "the sectarian nature of homeopathy raises serious questions about the trustworthiness of homeopathic researchers."

John Benneth said...

I think you'll get better answers from the doctors at the MD Anderson clinic about the use of homeopathic remedies in the treatment of cancer. If you go to the link I provided you can get their names and phone numbers. Also, to remain up on the controversey, you ought to read the article in the Journal of Oncoclogy for yourself.
Here's a link with an some testimonials about the effectiveness. As you can see, they are referencing commonly used homeopathic remedies, not some watered dow2wn version of the substances used, as has been suggested. THey qwouldn't have used the word "homeopathic" if they had:

To be accurate about this, IMO, although the potentized dilutes used, in the study are commonly called homeopathic, their use here was not individualized or constitutional as is common with classical homeopathic treatment, and not in accord to similia, but rather routine.
Another falsifier of the palcebo theory for high dilutes are mthods that can dientify potentized dilutes from their vehicles.
Beta scintillation tests have shown that homeopathic remedies have signatures in the beta spectrum. Check out the work of Rolland Conte and others in France. They published their findings in THEORIES OF HIGH DILUTIONS.
Now, you can bad mouth me all you like, but I'm only the tip of the iceberg. Despite the a priori, heavily flawed meta analaysis quoted here, there are others that come to opposite conclusions. Look at the international Reilly study that was conducted by several researcchers at the academic level, one of them Wayne Jonas, M.D. of the NIH, who himself has conducted a study of inoculative effects of homeopathic remedies on mice.
I know you don't want to believe it, but these reports are piled on a stack of others that come to the conclusion that homeopathy is not placebo, although when you consider the mountain of evidence from simply common usage that these reports sit on, it demonstrates that people don't care how or why it works, they simply use it because it does.
I think the final test is the failure of the NCAHF to prosecute homeopathy as fraud and keep the remedies off store shelves.
A friend of mine was on the board of directors for the NCAHF, magician Jerry Andrus. One night after the show at the local magic club meeting I sat down with him and placed a number of the physical and biochemical studies of homeopathic remedies down in front of him. He pushed them away and put a small note pad in front of me, handed me a pen and asked me to write down all the other crazy beliefs I harbored besides homeopathy. After a few moments of seeing my look of disappointment, he meekly withdrew the pad and quietly said, "I guess that's not fair."
I would suggest that the homeopathy haters give it up. From what I've seen, anyone who takes an unbiased view of it and does a reasonable investigation of it will easily accept the evidence that the phenomenon is akin to radiation therapy operating in the beta spectrum, just above UV. Consdier that the power fouind in a small bead of uranium, equivalent to over a 100 gallons of gasoline. Conte suggests that the succussion used to produce homeopathic remedies creates a tritium reation.
Does that help?
If not, the suggested remedy for sketpicism is Arsenicum. I would also suggest Bach's Vine remedy and a couple of years of weekly psychotherapy.


Psychodiva said...

well mate- the bad mouthing is coming from you -I called into question your 'research' and you came back with an insult- very good :)
and no- it is up to you to prove your theory not up to me to prove your theory- now prove it- I have read the paper- I found it through my own access to certain things - and it is not a well run study, nor has it been replicated and the Lancet here did a review of the research and found it was akin tothe placebo effect. There were also apparently problems with contaminants as there are in most homeopathy 'research methods' - so being a sceptic- something you obviosult=y don't understand, does not mean I am closed minded- I am waiting for the evidence- proper real evidence based on scientific protocols- and once / if that evidence arrives then I would be willing to belive you - so- where is the actual evidence? and no not that paper you just talked about- I have read the critiques of it as well so that no longer counts

Psychodiva said...

oh and John- climb down off your high horse and stop insulting me by telling me to take your crap suicide homeopathy remedy and I'm already a psychotherapist - maybe you need my help? insulting poeple constantly doesn't help your cause any more than using decades old research and research that is not conducted within proper scientific parameters.

now- back to the real proof and answering previously asked questions.

Psychodiva said...

my favourite author on the subject of quack / fake/ scam medicine (aka Homeocrapathy

jerry mohan said...

It springs eternal out of the breasts of mundane, angry little men bent on gaining some notoriety from their denial, justice for themselves while begging spiritual laxatives.

..."angry little men bent"... reminds me of James Randi.

jerry mohan said...


Homeopathy has routinely CURED many cases of chronic disease such as skin disease, tumors and chronic tonsillitis using only Homeopathy remedies.

It is the opinion of many Homeopathic doctors that Allopathy and Homeopathy cannot be prescribed together because they are fundamentally opposed in principles.

In order to cure one must first understand Nature's Law of Cure

Cure progresses from the center to the periphery.

Diseases progress from the periphery to the center.

Allopathy suppresses symptoms leading to metastasis of disease.

Homeopathy CURES.

Incidentally, have you cured a case of chronic disease?

I guessed not.

jerry mohan said...


If you want to take me seriously,

A)Prove that you know what a chronic disease is.

B)Prove that you know how diseases progress in the human body.

C)Prove that you know Nature's Law of Cure

D)Finally CURE a patient of a chronic disease. (symptom suppression with drugs don't cut it!)

jerry mohan said...


That should have read "if you want me to take you seriously".

Psychodiva said...

It is the responsibility of the proponent of the theory to prove that theory.

I am a nurse as well as apsychotherapist- prove to me you know as much if not more than me about the human body- any of the questions you 'asked' rather arrogantly - could be answered through good use of google or cinahl.

Homeopathy does not work- posting stupid quotes out of context that attack people's personalities does not count as proof - when have you ever been insulted on this blog? - never- so what on earth do you think gives you the right to barge in and start insulting people with absolutelt no pramble- shall we do the same to you? is that what you want? it is isn't it- like allhomeopaths you have an idea in your head and you seek the evidence that fits- not the other way around which is the true scintific method.

Now- be a good boy and without insults tellus what YOU can prove

Hannah King said...


Homeopathy has routinely CURED many cases of chronic disease such as skin disease, tumors and chronic tonsillitis using only Homeopathy remedies.

Evidence please. Peer reviewed papers, citing real studies with double-blind tests. Or, failing that, actual evidence of real people, who had illnesses witnessed and studied by ‘allopathic’ doctors, from discovery to recovery, treated using ONLY Homeopathic remedies.
You are making the claim, the onus lies on you to provide the evidence.

It is the opinion of many Homeopathic doctors that Allopathy and Homeopathy cannot be prescribed together because they are fundamentally opposed in principles.

Is it? Which Homeopathic ‘doctors’ (and they do not deserve the title) do you mean – and please give me peer reviewed papers and studies that support their assertions.
Are they? What priniciples would these be? And how are they opposed? What evidence do you have for this? What evidence do you have of the principles? What, in fact, are the principles? Please give me peer reviewed papers, citing actual studies, that support this assertion.

In order to cure one must first understand Nature's Law of Cure
Should one? What is this ‘law’ then?

Cure progresses from the center to the periphery.

Does it? Do you have any evidence for that? Do you have any peer reviewed papers, citing actual double blind studies, proving this? What is a ‘centre’? What is a ‘periphery’? How does the ‘cure’ ‘progress’? Any evidence for it?

Diseases progress from the periphery to the center.

Does it? Do you have any evidence for that? Do you have any peer reviewed papers, citing actual double blind studies, proving this? What is a ‘centre’? What is a ‘periphery’? How does the ‘disease’ ‘progress’? Any evidence for it?

Allopathy suppresses symptoms leading to metastasis of disease.

ALL of the hundreds of thousands of ‘allopathic’ remedies/medicines do this? Do you have any evidence for that? Are there any peer reviewed papers, citing actual double blind studies, that show that ALL ‘allopathic’ remedies/medicines lead to the ailment spreading?

Homeopathy CURES.

Does it? Do you have any actual evidence for this? Not anecdotal, mind, real actual peer reviewed papers, citing double blind studies, that showed that Homeopathic remedies had more than the expected placebo rate? It’s my understanding that the most recent double blind study showed that Homeopathy performed EXACTLY to chance and is nothing but placebo.

Incidentally, have you cured a case of chronic disease?

I guessed not.

What a stupid question. I’m an Artist by profession – I state that clearly in my profile. However, my being an Artist has nothing to do with the veracity of my statements or the veracity of the arguments and evidence I have put forth.


If you want to take me seriously,

Freudian Slip?

A)Prove that you know what a chronic disease is.

Uh – the NAME kinda gives it away. A ‘chronic disease’ is one that either lasts a long time or is recurrent. The ‘recurrent’ type is the one that relapses/remissions repeatedly.

B)Prove that you know how diseases progress in the human body.

I’m not a doctor, why would I need to know this? Once again, my knowledge of how the human body works has no bearing on the veracity of my statements.
Also – which one? Different diseases progress in different ways. Also – seeing as you’re a Homeopath, I’m guessing that whatever way I say, you’ll disagree with, because I’ll be talking about it in ‘allopathic’ ways, when you only believe in the ‘homeopathic’ ways.

C)Prove that you know Nature's Law of Cure

I’m not a Homeopath, why would I need to know this? This principle is exclusive to Homeopaths, based on Hahnemann’s writings.
It talks about such things as ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ ‘dynamic affections’. It talks about such things as ‘Vital Force’. It talks about such things as ‘like cures like’ – the ‘strong affection’ being the ‘cure’ that is ‘similar in manifestation’ to the ‘underlying’ or ‘weak affection’.
It talks about all sorts of gobbledegook that hasn’t got a shred of evidence to support it. Why should I learn about it in detail? What would be the point? All I need to know, to refute it, is that there have been NO STUDIES PROVING IT WORKS. Nowhere. None. Zilch. Zip.

D)Finally CURE a patient of a chronic disease. (symptom suppression with drugs don't cut it!)

I’m not a doctor – why would you ask someone who has clearly stated they are not a doctor, to try and cure someone of something?
Oh – perhaps because that’s what Homeopath’s do?

Basically you have come to my blog – and I’m guessing what you did was type ‘homeopathy’ or ‘homeopathy doesn’t work’ or something similar into google – hrumphing and bleating and whining and moaning about how much you think your pet theory is true and efficacious and how much it works, apparently thinking you are so clever to have found some questions you think I can’t or won’t answer.

All you have done is further prove that Homeopaths have no solid grounding to stand on. You brought no evidence with you (because there isn’t any), you made unsupported assertions (because that’s all you can do) and you made references to anecdotal evidence (because that’s all homeopathy has – subjective, anecdotal stories that prove nothing more than customer satisfaction!)

What you have done is try to shift the burden of proof onto my shoulders. I am not the one making the extraordinary claims here, YOU ARE.

YOU claim that water has a memory – and not just a memory, but a selective one! – so YOU need to prove it.

YOU claim that diluting something to such levels that there isn’t even a single molecule left in the sugar-pill, makes them work better than at ‘allopathically’ clinically proven amounts – so YOU need to prove it.

YOU claim that ‘like cures like’ – so YOU need to prove it.

None of this falls on my shoulders. It all falls on yours.

Until someone actually proves, in a double blind study, with papers that pass the peer review process, that Homeopathy works, beyond the predicted chance/placebo effect – I am going to continue to point out that it’s a load of Woo-y nonsense.

Provide the evidence, or shut up.


Sebine said...

Jesus christ, Hannah just ripped you a new asshole, perhaps 2