Homeopathy- The False Way of Healing

Seeing that homeopathy has arisen lately as a controversy,  after posting some comments on some pro-homeopathy blogs like Jacinda’s- http://www.happylittlehomemaker.org/2010/02/on-drugs-and-natural-remedies.html and Brad’s- http://godreignsbjv.wordpress.com/2010/02/08/homeopathy-through-blurred-eyes/, I thought I would post the essay/speech I wrote for English class on why homeopathy is not scientifically proven. Here is part 1 of 2. 

It is a controversial movement, one that many in Christian circles have attached themselves to.  Even though it is over 200 years old, people still turn to it as a source of remedies.  Homeopathy is a movement that many people across the world, including people in Reformed circles, have bought into.  The Homeopathy movement is one that should not be followed because it is based on flawed science, the remedy itself cannot work and the homeopathic movement encourages that ignoring of drugs that actually do help you. 

So what actually is homeopathy?  It is a way of healing that greatly dilutes the original ailments in water in order to get a cure.  It is a form of healing other than the conventional way of medicine. Instead of the drug system, homeopaths think that in order to cure the disease, the person that is sick should take a remedy, the term they use for medicine, of a diluted substance.  The substance that is diluted is usually the thing that originally caused the problems. This is all based on the idea that like cures like, a notion invented by the German chemist, Samuel Hahnemann, over 200 years ago.[1]  Like cures like means that in order cure a disease a person should be given the thing that causes the disease. The basic idea is to take the substance dilute it in water many times and give it back to the person in order to cure them.  The more diluted the solution is the more potent, the more likely to cure the disease.[2] Sometimes homeopathic remedies also dilute different types natural substances in the solutions.  The solutions are then put into a sugar pill or kept as water.  Part of problem with this way of doing things is that by the time the solution is diluted enough, there is virtually none of the original substance in the solution.    To illustrate this one can use this example: a common dilution is 30x or a one to ten solution diluted thirty times, if someone wanted to take that remedy with one drop of the diluted substance in it they would have to drink it out of a container fifty times the size of the earth.[3]  The fact that there is none of the diluted chemical left in a solution creates many problems.

                So how does homeopathy actually work?  There are actually not very many sources that explain this,  however there are a few, here is one of them, “Homeopaths believe that it is the energy or “vibrational pattern” of the remedy, rather than the chemical content, that stimulates the healing by activating what Hahnemann called the Vital force. Vital force is the healing power or energy that exists within us all.”  Some homeopaths state that homeopathy works on a spiritual not a physical plain.[4]   Another explanation homeopaths put forward is that even though there is none of the original diluted chemical left,  the water has a memory of the substance and in that way heals the person.[5]  The problem with this is that water would also remember other things it had touched including things like pollution and toxic chemicals.  If this theory was applied everywhere the process of purifying water would become a lot more complicated because one would have to purify the water’s memory as well as its actual make-up. Scientifically this explanation does not make any more sense than the previous one.  However, despite the faulty explanations, homeopathy still has multitudes of followers.   

[1] Cole, W.,Hallanan, D.B., & Toufelix, A. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,983466-1,00.html [2] http://www.amfoundation.org/homeopathinfo.htm
[3] McGraw, Dan.  http://www.usnews.com/usnews/biztech/articles/970217/archive_006221.htm
[4] Levett, Carolyn. http://www.endo-resolved.com/homeopathy-works.html [5]Bowditch, Peter. http://www.acahf.org.au/articles/homeopathy1.htm

6 thoughts on “Homeopathy- The False Way of Healing

  1. Thanks for a good read Kenneth 🙂

    I thought the last line was particularly interesting: Despite the faulty explanations, homeopathy still has multitudes of followers.

    Deluded followers no doubt 🙂

    I don’t base any of my ideas about homeopathy on anything any “expert” who feels challenged by homeopathy says. But I don’t really base any of my ideas on things that homeopathic experts say either.

    It’s just been my experience that what we use works. Granted, maybe we are just a bunch of hypochondriacs with strong imaginations who really aren’t being healed by our over-diluted substances, but as long as the ailment disappears, I’m game!

  2. I’m pretty neutral on this topic but I just want to challenge the validity of your sources… I think when writing reports especially on controversial topics like this it’s important to use evidenced based research (such as journal articles)…. 🙂

    Just one of the few things that’s been drilled into my brain at Mac 😉

  3. Homeopathic remedy kills cancer cells as reported in mainstream journal:

    A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Oncology revealed homeopathic remedies have a beneficial effect on breast cancer cells (2010 Feb;36(2):395-403)

    Homeopathic remedies kills cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20043074

    M. Frenkel, M.D., lead researcher and associate professor at the University of Texas and the medical director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, said: “We felt homeopathy needed to be tested in the same way we test new chemotherapeutic drugs. We were quite impressed to find homeopathic remedies have similar effects to chemotherapy on breast cancer cells but without affecting normal cells, a very exciting finding. As far as we know, this is the first study that evaluated the effect of homeopathic remedies on breast cancer cells.”

  4. I do not know enough to commetn extensively on this issue but I do think that if it truly does cure cancer, and the research can be proved from various different organization maybe using it as a treament could happen. However if the solution was diluted so much there was none of the orginal substance eft, it is impossible under today’s scientific standards for it to work. A comittee for the British Parliment did an extensive study of this and they concluded that:
    “We proceed on the basis that homeopathy is not supported by evidence of efficacy and
    is therefore no more than a placebo treatment, albeit a popular one.”

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