Screen Shot 2018-08-21 at 12.23.46.jpgA series of posts examining some of the statements made on Wikipedia regarding Homeopathy. (These comments derive from a 2012 edition of the Wikipedia article. Only those statements have been reproduced which are misleading and should be corrected.)


“Several of the key concepts of homeopathy conflict with fundamental concepts of chemistry and physics.” 


The key concepts of homeopathy are (1) that the disorders of health seen in one organism belong to the organism as a whole rather than one or another body system, (2) that treating those symptoms homeopathically will cure those disorders as long as (3) the organism receives the most similar substance in (4) the smallest dose possible to elicit a healing reaction. 

Not a single one of these concepts conflicts with the fundamental concepts of chemistry or physics. Not one.


“Patients who choose to use homeopathy rather than normal medicine risk missing timely diagnosis and effective treatment of serious conditions.” 


Sure, and people who work too hard or become obsessed with collecting butterflies might also neglect to visit their physicians. The assumption here is (1) that homeopaths are not smart enough to refer people to physicians when they need physicians, (2) that homeopaths are not themselves physicians (which many are) and (3) that people who use homeopathy do not also see physicians (which they often do).

This is how the fundamentalists try to convince people not to try homeopathy even though homeopathic remedies are safe and nontoxic. The operational phrase in this sentence is “rather than.” If their homeopath is not a physician, most people just see a regular physician in addition to their homeopath.


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