- November 03, 2011 - 22:52
Jeez, people are really sifting the mountain to find this needle in the haystack. Lets first look at the hundreds of thousands injured or killed by conventional medicine. Lets put the focus where its needed on the really dangerous medicine. Even if homeopathy had been proven ineffective by a few clinical studies which I dispute, this is misplaced attention. But one needs to investigate a 200 year documented history of cured chronic cases. Chronic disease rarely spontaneously remits.
- October 27, 2011 - 16:09
I am very amused by your comments Peter which had me smiling. Firstly, I did the 4 year course on homeopathy. Secondly, I have watched hundreds of people get better using it. Thirdly homeopathy cured a hard immovable breast lump in 1996 (I did not go to a doctor at all as I didn't want the surgery or the chemo poison or the radiation and it would be very unlikely I would still be here). I have had at least 10 bouts of bronchitis in 20 years cured with homeopathy every time (no antibiotics since May 1991). Twice broke both ankles and never even visited a doctor at all. One was a broken tendon, the other the bone - both 100% now and cured fairly quickly with Symphytum (great bone-knit, tendon-knit). Countless things cured speedily, including cystitis (Arsenicum). Oh, and a terrible right hip problem where I thought I was heading for a wheelchair. Could hardly walk. Absolutely fine now - Psorinum. So many things. What is it with you people that you are DETERMINED, absolutely DETERMINED it can't work? It is really pathetic. Next time you have a headache or something, try it. What are you so afraid of? That it will challenge some of your cherished beliefs or you might have to leave your skeptic friend circle. Try it! I DARE you!
- anarchic teapot
- October 29, 2011 - 06:57
Louise, unless you have documented proof of your fantastic claims, they must be considered exactly that: fantastic. As in fantasy. Two broken ankles and not a doctor in sight? Twice? Unlikely. Sure they weren't sprains? Lumps in the breast may merely be cysts, which often disappear of their own accord. No, homeopathy can't work. And unless you can advance solid proof that it does work (please note: "because I say so" doesn't count as proof), there is no reason for anyone to believe otherwise.
- October 27, 2011 - 11:52
Homeopathy is a venerable, 200-year-old system of medicine with a laudable safety record. It is the second most used system of medicine (ahead of conventional medicine) in the world today. Its use grows yearly at rates of between 10% and 25% in countries around the world. It is proven safe and efficacious, is inexpensive and green. Readers here interested in personal testimonies can find them at: http://spiked-online.com/index.php/wellcome/responses/5194 Readers interested in seeing some of the 100's of studies showing homeopathy works published in 86 respected, national and international peer-reviewed journals can find them at: www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org/articles-research www.extraordinarymedicine.org (scroll down to "Homeopathy's Best Research") http://avilian.co.uk/
- October 27, 2011 - 08:22
I'd rather smoke a joint or eat a weed brownie to help me sleep than take some barbituate. The same can go for anti depressants and pain (especially post-op pain)
- Skepticat UK
- October 27, 2011 - 06:43
Excellent post and I love how you embrace the 'pharma shill' nonsense. The accusation that anyone putting up a reasoned and intelligent argument against homeopathy must, by definition, be working for Big Pharma, instantly flags up that the accuser is, at best, cerebrally challenged. I note the only response from one who makes a living promoting this pre-science cult therapy is 'it worked for me, you should try it'. How reassuringly predictable. No doubt the father of this poor child said the same things as he served up yet another useless cup of fennel tea.
- October 26, 2011 - 17:05
I found homeopathy after 50+ years of using conventional medicine. It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. My homeopathic treatment for serious chronic diseases (now long gone), acute illnesses and injuries has been so successful that it is my primary form of medicine. I turn to homeopathy first and before other systems of medicine when I need health care. It's been great for my animals too -- no more itchy flea bites, mammary infections, recurrent boils or infected paws. Great stuff -- you couldn't do better!
- October 26, 2011 - 15:46
Nutrition is a relatively new science and discoveries are happening continually with respect to the bodies many requirements in order to maintain the healthy individual. These come from food, I do not believe that the homeopathic approach is totally placebo, but I do not think it can replace medicine. Scurvy was found to be due to lack of vitamin C, discovered by medicine, as have other vitamins and minerals. It is whatever the body requires that is important. Doctors do not heal, they are highly trained experts in knowing what the body needs to heal itself, and manage and prescribe accordingly. But they have not yet got to the point where they know it all, that we can really dismiss anything that may help a human being.
- Peter Jackson
- October 26, 2011 - 11:23
I'm compelled to respond to these posts, because they raise interesting issues. First, to Louise, I am happy and impressed you have been able to avoid conventional medications. I'm sure most people envy you. But there are other ways to explain your good fortune. You are probably a very healthy person to begin with. And you obviously respond well to the belief that homeopathy is helping you. The placebo effect is a very real phenomenon. It can convince you that you are feeling better, and can sometimes even bring about physical changes to a limited degree. As well, you must understand that many pains and illnesses are cyclical, in that the body naturally comes around again. In such cases, many people could benefit from simply doing nothing at all. Take your homeopathic medicine if you wish. But I can assure you the dilutions themselves are doing absolutely nothing. Eli: Your suspicions of Big Pharma are justified. The high costs are explained away as necessary for the high cost of research to produce the drugs. But I do believe far too much of it goes to pure profit. And private interests do play a part in research. There are many documented cases of interference, and extra vigilance is important. But the broad thrust of research on homeopathy cannot be ignored. And the possibility of Big Pharma interference is dubious, since many of these companies actually deal in alternative medicine themselves.
- October 26, 2011 - 14:10
Good man. For sure you don't have tunnel vision Peter.
- October 26, 2011 - 10:44
I too take supplements along with a prescribed Rx. But I ask myself in all these studies, who funds them? As an example, recently Wade Locke did a job for Municipalities NL. Guess what? His recommendation, the orgainzation should get additional funding via a "1% solution". He did a study for MNL and gave them the answer they wanted. Medical studies are no different in my opinion. Peter you didn't say what Big Pharma is costing you. They don't raise money selling Oreo cookies.
- Louise Mclean
- October 26, 2011 - 09:56
Well I have used nothing else but homeopathic medicines for the last 20 years and have not taken a single pharmaceutical pill in that time! It has cured all the various illnesses and acutes I have had. You should try it!