Oh sure, some of you will say, what about reiki, therapeutic touch and some of the other wacko stuff out there?
Those ones are built around what is really only a couple of dodgy concepts. Most of which, even hardened woos can’t bring themselves to accept.
But homeopathy? Well…
…I’m going to come out with it now. Homeopathy is simply a deeply convoluted web of lies, and Homeopaths have got to be some of the least-principled woo merchants running around. It’s completely unrealistic, and the excuses that homeopaths come out with to avoid contradicting themselves are just iffy concepts piled upon many others. I refuse to believe that by piling all these ad hoc hypotheses upon each other, nothing registers anywhere in the pea-sized brains of homeopathetiques as being bogus and silly, eventually.
Reiki and therapeutic touch come out looking positively angelic, by comparison. If still equally ludicrous.
The next host of Skeptics’ Circle is The Quackometer. The owner of this blog, Andy "Le Canard Noir" Lewis has been ordered to take down a post that homeopaths found offensive.
Orac has posted the text of that post here. I may even seek permission from Lewis to reproduce it on this blog myself. Yes, folks, the Streisand Effect appears to be in full swing, here.
Myself, I’m going to use this blog post to have a good laugh at homeopathy.
Homeopathy basically works on this principle espoused by it’s inventor, Samuel Hahnemann, that “like cures like.”
So what you do, if you’re suffering from anything is to take something that causes the same symptoms. In what could be the grossest over-simplification ever, homeopaths liken this to how vaccines work.
Let’s just ignore that last sentence completely, because vaccines are nothing like how homeopaths say their remedies work. I’ll illustrate with an example.
Imagine that you have cholera. You’re shitting fountains of poo. And you’re a homeopathy fan.
You drag your sorry arse off to the homeopath to get treatment, because the thought of visiting a doctor is somehow wrong to you. So what does he prescribe for you?
Because homeopathy works on the basis that like cures like, our homeopath in this instance might prescribe a laxative.
That’s right. You’re in danger of dehydrating to death, so the stupid quack decides to ensure that your death is a speedy one by prescribing something that will actually hasten your demise.
Most people would do a double take at this glaring stupidity. Obviously, so did homeopaths, because the very thought that curing withdrawal symptoms for recovering alcoholics with a hearty dose of strychnine must have been a bit on the incredulous side.
So Hahnemann then decided that dilute solutions were enough.
But for some completely unfathomable reason, he postulated that the more you dilute something, the stronger it becomes. Soon enough, incredibly "strong" solutions were created to the point where the presence of even a single molecule of the substance in question becomes extremely unlikely to the point of improbable.
The ad hoc hypothesising that went on here is simply breathtaking:
- Water became a medium that developed a "memory" of the substance dissolved in it.
- The shaking of the solution energised the (non-existent) ingredient.
- Serial dilutions increased the active potency of the ingredient, but decreased side-effects such as death.
And so on and so forth.
And here's the kicker - no viable evidence for the efficacy of homeopathic remedies has been found. We would need controlled double-blind tests to be done, and so far, nothing.
Yet, on the basis of this glaring lack of evidence, homeopathic remedies continue to be sold.
Yes, folks. "Sold". Homeopathy is a multi-billion dollar business. It can certainly afford the testing.
On top of that, you have these half-wits suppressing dissent by petitioning The Quackometer's hosting facilities to take down the offending post. A post, I might add that pointed out the sheer immorality and lunacy of peddling homeopathic remedies for malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB in Kenya.
This is a DISGRACE!!!™
The point that I want to make is that homeopathy is built on so many ad-hoc hypotheses, risible inconsistencies and surly non-cooperation on the subject of testing that it is time that it was recognised for what it is: A horribly-constructed web of lies.
It's time for homeopaths to be put out of business.