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!)
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.
Air Cabin Pollution
Beer – Ruddles
Blue Ringed Octopus
Blue Triangle Butterfly
Castle (Old Wardour)
Cavity Wall Material
Cigarette – Dunhill
Cigarette – Silk Cut Light
Clarinet And Sax Reed
Diesel Oil Smoke
Dog Hair Mixed
Dried Orange Peel
Flux Paste (La-Co Brand)
Food Colour Additives
Great Horned Owl
Hair Perm (L’Oreal)
Hair Removing Cream
Mobile Phone Radiation
Nail Varnish + Remover
Parrot Droppings & Feathers
Plaster (From Wall)
Roof Insulation Material
Rubber (Car Tyre)
Sacred Lake (After Cyclone)
Silk Cut Light – lit
Swimming Pool Water
Ultra Violet Light
Washing Powder – Biological
Washing Powder – New Pure Care
Washing Powder – Non Biological
Washing Powder – Persil Automatic
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