4 thoughts on “James Randi & WHAW

    1. As I understand it, the theory goes thus:
      water is a polar substance, and it reacts to soluted agents by a thermodynamically driven change in its molecular arrangement. When the solution with the agent in it is further diluted, the water, which has already changed its intermolecular arrangement, induces a structural change in the “fresh ” water (= transferes the vibration); thus, the altered structure of the water is kept, even by diluting it, and it is this structure that has the effects on the body, not the agent itself.

      I do not believe in homeopathy, as there is just not enough scientific evidence for it, and too much against. Nevertheless, some effects of homeopathy are, for me personally, strange and not explainable. One pet of my family had an conjunctivitis. After several antibiotics that did not help, the veterinarian suggested the use of a homeopatic ointment (the modus of application stayed the same, so the animal had no altered stress pattern etc). After several days the conjunctivitis was completelly gone.
      A friend of mine has an allergy to composite plants. The doctor prescribed globuli, but do not ask me for which kind of disease, I forgot. The doctor did not tell my friend what the reactive substance of the globuli was, and my friend did not care. After one day of taking the homeopathic stuff, my friend got a horrible rash all over his body, which was an allergic reaction. The globuli contained an extract of a rather exotic composite plant.

      Of course, there are always seemingly unexplainable effects when it comes to pharmaceuticals. Still, one should be openminded, even if homeopathy just seems to be totally absurd. I also find the explanation of how it should work highly unconvincing, but some stories remind me that perhaps there is something to it, even if it is statistically not enough to recommend homeopathy as a treatment for anything. These effects seem to point in the direction that really really seldom people somehow react to homeopathy, as strange as it may seem.

      1. Well, the placebo effect can be powerful. Now, I might be more open minded about homeopathy under some circumstances. The idea of like curing like might have some merits, however, the process of diluting it to hell and back is what makes me call bullshit.

        1. Immunization uses that concept, but it’s not so diluted as to be useless. I know there are herbs that, taken a lot will cause a problem, taken in smaller doses cures it. Dandelion comes to mind. Small amounts will stop bed-wetting or excessive urination, while too much will cause it.

          Clearly there are herbs, techniques and healing philosophies that the western world doesn’t use, yet are effective. Unfortunately since so many of them are not tested and we don’t know what interactions may happen with western medicine, they can be dangerous. St. John’s Wart can cause strokes when combined w/ certain antidepressants.

          Homeopathy gives false hope to people w/ terminal and/or chronic conditions. I despise those people. They try to get me to try their wares. They offer free samples. They tell me I can be cured. But I can’t, not yet.

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