Homeopathy – Debunked
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This, is homeopathy – Debunked. So let’s start by explaining exactly what homeopathy is. Put simply, it’s an alternative medicine (do you know what they call alternative medicine that works? Medicine), that asserts that “illnesses can be treated with minute doses of substances that in large doses would produce symptoms of the illness. Or as the creator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann put it ‘like cures like’.
For example, Aconitum is an extremely poisonous plant that causes (among other symptoms) nausea, headaches and diarrhoea, and so homeopathic advocates assert that because influenza causes the same symptoms, a homeopathic remedy for influenza can be made from Aconitum.
So with that said, you might be wondering, “How exactly is homeopathic ‘medicine’ made?” Well, to create a homeopathic remedy for influenza, for example, a homeopathic ‘technician’ grinds Aconitum into a very coarse grain, mixes it with either water, alcohol or a combination of the two, and then thoroughly shakes the solution.
From here, the ‘technician’ then mixes one part of this solution with ten parts water, alcohol or a combination of the two, and then puts it through a process called ‘succession’, which is a deliberately verbose way of saying ‘it’s shaken’. And finally, this process (which is called ‘potentization’) is repeated until the solution is as diluted as desired, which is normally 30 times, which, to put this into perspective, means that you’d need to drink 8,000 gallons of the final solution to ingest one molecule of the original solution – (which is more liquid than the average person drinks in twenty years!).
Anyhow, there’s just a taste of the content within the video 🙂
And here’s the links to the research that I reference within the video.
1. Lancet: the analysis of 110 homeopathy trials and 110 matched conventional-medicine trials (found homeopathy to be no more effective than placebo): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=16125589
2. European Journal of Cancer: meta-analysis of 6 studies (found homeopathy to be no more effective than placebo): http://www.ejcancer.com/article/S0959-8049(05)00996-2/fulltext
3: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: a double-blind randomized controlled trial (found homeopathy to be no more effective than placebo). http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2006.12.723
4: National Health and Medical Research Council (Australian Government): meta-analysis of over 1,800 studies (found homeopathy to be no more effective than placebo): https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/cam02a_information_paper.pdf
5: NHS: public statement on homeopathy (there is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition): http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Homeopathy/Pages/Introduction.aspx
6. Federal Trade Commission: (the FTC will hold efficacy and safety claims for over the counter homeopathic drugs to the same standard as other products making similar claims): https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/11/ftc-issues-enforcement-policy-statement-regarding-marketing
7. Scientific American: (Homeopathic Medicine Labels Now Must State Products Do Not Work): https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/homeopathic-medicine-labels-now-must-state-products-do-not-work/
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