Homeopathy Awareness Week

Ok folks.  Listen up.  It’s Homeopathy Awareness Week again, that season of the year when frauds, charlatans, chancers and assorted moon huggers try to convince you that a bottle of water is medicine, and try to part you from your hard-earned folding green in the hope that you’ll fall for the scam.

Of course, needless to mention, homeopathy has many followers who are not crooks.  They just haven’t a clue.

How many times will I have to keep repeating this?  Homeopathic remedies are all just water.  Nothing else.  Just water.

When Samuel Hahnemann came up with his homeopathic notions in the  18th century, many medical practices were commonplace.  Blood-letting, mercury, trepanning, all manner of barbaric practices carried out in the name of science.  Hahnemann was rightly appalled, and he resolved to do no harm to his patients.  In those times, medical training was not what it is today, and Hahnemann managed to get a medical degree after just three years, eventually getting a job as the village doctor at the age of 26.  It didn’t suit him, and by the time he was 29 years old, he had begun to work full time as a translator, turning to his innate gift for languages as an alternative to life as a doctor.

Speaking personally, I’m not sure I’d be using a 26-year-old GP with three years college training and nothing else, but such were the times in which Samuel Hahnemann lived.  It was a different age, when standards were lower.  Hence homeopathy.

Hahnemann was a well-meaning guy, a man of his time, whose theories are now thoroughly discredited along with all the other amateur scientists of his era.  He was an Open-The Roof-Igor sort of fellow, and there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Unfortunately, Hahnemann’s nonsense had a vague ring of credibility about it, in the sense that it gave chancers a quasi-scientific vocabulary and moon-huggers a sense of hope.  A dangerous combination.

Now, of course we all hate Big Pharma, and with good reason.  These multinational conglomerates have no ethics, no morals and no motivation except profit.  They’re detestable, even if they do happen to produce effective medicines from time to time.

However, what the homeopathy industry has done is even more cynical than the pharmaceutical companies, by seeking to present itself as the alternative, and this is where logic breaks down completely.

On the one hand, we have a company charging you a fortune for a life-saving drug.  Disgraceful.

But look over that at that guy trying to sell you a bottle of water and telling you he’s the alternative.  He isn’t.  He’s just a con-man selling you a bottle of water.  Like it or not, you may well be stuck with Big Pharma, until their wonder drug comes off patent, as a lot of them are this year.  I don’t hear much talk from the homeopathy industry about cheap generic drugs, do you?  Especially since some of these drugs, which have been tested and shown to work, cost the same as the bottle of water you buy from the homeopath.

In that case, are we talking about Big Pharma or Big Homeo, given that the alt.med industry is worth billions?

Don’t be fooled, folks.  I’m no spokesman for the pharmaceutical giants, but I know a little bit about science, and one of the things I know is that it costs a fortune to develop a new drug.  After you develop it, you have to run clinical trials and get approval which isn’t always forthcoming.  Then you have to watch out for side-effects.

On the other hand, to develop a homeopathic remedy, all you need do is break off a bit of the Berlin Wall and swish it around in water and talk about its aura.

Of the two, which am I going to believe?

Here’s an example of a homeopathic “proving“.  It’s the funniest thing I’ve read in years.  Mary L English, a homeopath, came across a shipwreck and broke a bit off it, to have it turned into a homeopathic remedy.  Essence of Shipwreck.

You think that’s insane?  It’s not too long ago since I posted about the Ainsworths list of remedies including Berlin Wall and The Colour Yellow.  (Ainsworths, by the way, are official suppliers of homeopathic remedies to HM Queen Elizabeth.  So there!)

I’ve written about homeopathy a few times.  Here and here for instance, but the truth is, it’s all nonsense.

It would be no harm to let you have that list again just to show how utterly bonkers homeopathy really is.  Here’s a selection from the Ainsworths list.   I promise you, I did not make this up.

 

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Aftershave

Air Cabin Pollution

Air Pollution

Aircraft Insecticide

Amritsar Sahib

Amyl Nitrite

Andean Condor

Apple

Araldite Glue

Argon

Ariel

Asbestos

Aviation Fuel

Bacon Fat

Beer – Ruddles

Berlin Wall

Blue Light

Blue Ringed Octopus

Blue Triangle Butterfly

Blusher

Boa Constrictor

Brandy

Brennan Psychopath

Brennan Rigid

Brennan Schizoid

Brick Dust

Butane Gas

Butter

Cabbage

Canary Feathers

Carpet

Castle (Old Wardour)

Cavity Wall Material

Cement

Champagne (Moet)

Cheese

Cholera

Cigar Smoke

Cigarette – Dunhill

Cigarette – Silk Cut Light

Cigarette Smoke

Clarinet And Sax Reed

Cleaning Solvent

Cling Film

Coal Smoke

Coca Cola

Cottage Cheese

Diesel Oil

Diesel Oil Smoke

Disseminated Sclerosis

Dna

Dog Hair Mixed

Dolphin Sonar

Dried Orange Peel

Egg

Elastoplast

Electricitas

Electromagnetic Field

Emulsion Paint

Epidural

Epoxy Putty

Exhaust Fumes

Fabric Conditioner

Flux Paste (La-Co Brand)

Food Colour Additives

Food Preservatives

Fur Coat

Gettysberg Water

Gin

Glue Fluid

Glue Powder

Goldfish

Granite

Great Horned Owl

Green

Gunpowder

Haddock

Hair Bleach

Hair Lacquer

Hair Perm (L’Oreal)

Hair Removing Cream

Hairspray

Ham

Helium

Hoover Dust

Indigo (Colour)

Lager

Lamb

Lice Lotion

Lipstick

Lourdes Water

Margarine

Mayonnaise

Microwave

Mobile Phone Radiation

Nail Varnish + Remover

Neon

Nitrogen

Nitrous Oxide

Nuts Mixed

Orange (colour)

Oxygen

Ozone

Ozone (Schade)

Paint Emulsion

Paint Gloss

Paracetamol

Parrot Droppings & Feathers

Pepsi Diet

Peregrine Falcon

Petrol Benzin

Petroleum

Plaster (From Wall)

Plastic Mixed

Potato Crisp

Prozac

Purple

Radon

Rat Fur

Rats Blood

Rohypnol

Roof Insulation Material

Rubber (Car Tyre)

Sacred Lake (After Cyclone)

Salt (Table)

Sardine

Sausages

Sawdust

Schmolenberg Water

Shipwreck (Helvetia)

Silk Cut Light – lit

Smoked Mackerel

Sparrow

Spiritualising Money

Stable Dust

Straw Dust

Swimming Pool Water

Tap Water

TNT

Tobacco Ash

Tofu

Trout

Tuna

Turkey

Twiglets

Ultra Violet Light

Ultrasound

VDU

Viagra

Vinegar

Vodka

Voltarol

Walsingham Water

Washing Powder – Biological

Washing Powder – New Pure Care

Washing Powder – Non Biological

Washing Powder – Persil Automatic

Whisky

Wiesbaden

Winchelsea Salt

Winchelsea Water

Wine Red

Wine White

Wood Dust

Wood Preservative

Wood Smoke

Xenon

X-Ray

yellow (colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Homeopathy Awareness Week

  1. I wonder, if you want to prove homeopathy works do you have to go through millions of reports to find the one article?

  2. Some trivia. Billy Joel’s daughter sadly tried to commit suicide a few years ago (Alexa Ray from ‘The Downeaster Alexa’). Unfortunately, she chose to go by way of homeopathic sleeping tablets, making the attempt into a tragi-comic farce. These are the same sugar pills of which James Randi takes a massive overdose before giving his standard anti-homeopathy lecture. Needless to say, they have (as the box promises) ‘no side-effects’.

    (In other news, Billy Joel tribute in Dolan’s July 4th and 5th!)

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  3. Billy Joel tribute in Dolan’s, Ah here!
    give us a fucken break. I’d rather eat buckets of homeopathic sleeping tablets while simultaneously beating my head with a hurley, rather then sit through a tribute to that fucken ape!

  4. I often read this blog as a Limerick Exile and never commented before, but seriously… “DNA”?

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