Originally Posted by serenitii
This is precisely why homeopathy doesn't work. There are skeptics who eat entire bottles of "sleeping pills" on-stage (and stay wide awake
) to prove it is basically a bottle of inert ingredients. Of course, it is pretty crazy to think that one bazillion part CAFFEINE could put you to SLEEP anyway. The whole premise of using an ingredient that gives you the OPPOSITE effect of what you want and diluted so much it is comparable to a grain of sand in an ocean (or worse) is pretty... insane. I wouldn't give my baby homeopathic remedies because 1) They don't work and 2) Inert ingredients could still conceivably be contaminated in processing plants.
Hey, you don't have to be a homeopathy fan, you know. But I am surprised at the absolutism here. That kind of "that doesn't work" kind of reminds me of docs and vaccination convinced docs and parents that say that vaxes don't carry aaaaany side effects whatsever. That damage from vaccines is not possible- the same kind of absolutism.
So, while you don't have to "believe" in homeopathy it would be fair to not outright say it doesn't work- because for a lot of people and animals it works...I "believe" in my faith you know- but with homeopathy I don't have to "believe" since I actually can see it work in front of my eyes, big difference. The proof is sleeping upstairs.
That sleeping pill experiment is rather useless, as are most combination medicines by Hylands which just combines a bunch of remedies in the hopes one would work. Unfortunately that includes a usually a bunch of things that might make a patient "prove" symptoms. It's a wrong assumption that the ingredients in combos, unless they work as intended, are harmless or do nothing at all. For that reason I can't give my son Hyland's teething tables since they contain chamomilla- which in turn makes him go absolutely wild and "makes" him a chamomilla patient. I have to turn to something else...
So yes, homeopathy works, although in that case differently than hoped for.
Saying homeopathy does not work at all is just plain unrealistic. Not everyone responds, granted, but I was hoping that at least on MDC is would be possible to abstain from absolutism that I could meet everyday in most pediatrician's offices.
To me it sounds more likely that some anti-homeopathy person is waging a smear campaign. After looking around on the internet there are plenty (mostly from the rather conservative allopathic medical field) of "warriors" that somehow seem to have a rather personal beef with homeopathy.
And after all, if homeopathy does not work because "diluting an aspirin in an ocean", than how can belladonna in an homeopathic dosage even cause trouble?
Sure, anything can become contaminated, but contamination is a different story than specific belladonna poisening.