Homeopathy for Emergencies???

Homeopathy is the process by which a tiny drop of an active ingredient is diluted in water until there isn’t even a molecule of the substance left, and then calling that medicine. It’s laughable, it’s pre-scientific magical thinking, it’s completely without evidence, and yet the idea that it works persists.

I recently came across this article, in which the author, who apparantly works at a hospital in India that incorporates homeopathy with traditional medicine, believes that homeopathy is useful in emergency medicine:

I have been hospital-based and practically living on campuses of various hospitals for the last ten years. I can assure you that this is not exactly pleasant; nor has it been a necessity forced on me by circumstances; I have done it only to experience firsthand and at close quarters the power of homeopathy in critical moments of life and death. The experiences have destroyed the last vestiges of doubt about whether homoeopathy works in critical situations. I believed that the Law of Similars of the chronic conditions should work in acute situations too. If it did not, then there were only two conclusions. Either we do not know the way of practicing homeopathy in critical situations or the science of homeopathy was incomplete and had a serious limitation.



Perhaps homeopathy appears to work when used alongside conventional medicine, but IT’S JUST WATER!!! Sometimes satire is the best way to make a point, so have a look at this video to see what would really happen in a homeopathic ER.


5 Responses to “Homeopathy for Emergencies???”

  1. 1 jarofthoughts July 31, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Aye… >_<
    What fairytales we humans think up…and then someone persist on believing in them even into adulthood.

  2. 2 Global Villager July 31, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I do not blame homeopathic practitioners as much as I blame stupid people for buying into things like this. Sure, HPs, psychics, televangelists, etc are somewhat reprehensible but they do not force you to pay for their services.

    It reminds me of the saying: “Burn me once, shame on you. Burn me twice, shame on me.”

    People allow themselves to be burned because they do not educate themselves!

  3. 3 linzeebinzee July 31, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I think there’s a point at which you can’t really blame the people who use alternative medicine, and I certainly wouldn’t call them stupid for buying into it. Alternative medicine practitioners use science-speak to make their treatments sound legit, and to someone who hasn’t learned about critical thinking it’s difficult to sort through the bullshit. Also, due to the placebo effect, lots of alternative modalities will appear to work for some people.

    For example, have you heard of that product called HeadOn? You rub the stick on your forehead when you get a headache. That’s homeopathic. There’s no active ingredient, it’s just wax. But headaches go away on their own, so someone might use HeadOn, their headache will go away some time after applying the product, and to them it appears as if the HeadOn did the trick. To someone who doesn’t have an understanding of placebos, confirmation bias and critical thinking it would seem reasonable to them to assume that the HeadOn made their headache go away.

    Some practitioners become convinced that their modalities work by the same processes that patients do. I think you’re right, that people need to educate themselves before going to a homeopath or other practitioner, but if they don’t have a grasp of how to think critically they won’t be able to sort out the good evidence from the made-up evidence.

  4. 5 sueboylern August 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their beliefs. And BTW, thanks for not blaming practitioners, we really appreciate that.

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