Friday, May 25, 2012

A Supposed Naturopath-Skeptic Crazily Claims Homeopathy Works

here, I cite from the column of ND Deville, who claims to be a skeptic but purveys homeopathic magic beans [see 001., below]:

001. Deville, L. (NMD SCNM) states in "Homeopathy: It’s Not Just Voodoo" (2012-05-25)[vsc 2012-05-25]:

"I’m a skeptic (believe it or not).  I’ve got a degree in biochemistry and molecular biophysics – that is to say, I’m not (as a general rule) satisfied to accept that something works if I can’t explain why it works [...]";

a skeptic isn't defined by their degrees, and 'that something works' is different from 'why it works'.  The best science has shown us that homeopathy actually DOESN'T work and therein there is NOTHING to explain.

"when I got to naturopathic school and I heard that extremely diluted substances (homeopathic medicines) could affect miraculous cures, I promptly placed the idea in my 'skeptical box' and forgot about it. And then I saw it work.  Over and over and over again [...]";

interesting.  Because I too got to naturopathy school and was introduced to homeopathy, and never saw it work EVER.  Not personally, not in clinic, NEVER.  I did see fans of homeopathy galore: fellow students, administrators, instructors, patients.

"bear with me for a minute while I describe the philosophy behind it.  This isn’t an explanation, it’s just a theory [...]";

oh, boy.  So, our supposed science-backgounded skeptic is now confusing a theory, which DOES explain facts, with a figmentation / fairy tale, which explains magic beans and unicorn tears.  There is no theory about how homeopathy works because it isn't needed being that homeopathy doesn't and can't work.  And being someone who has studied philosophy both formally and personally, it's a sad day for 'the love of wisdom' [if that's what philosophy is] when nonsense is labeled philosophizing.


"it helped me to get over the hurdle of thinking homeopathy was just 'magic' to recognizing that a scientific explanation does exist [...]";

no, actually, it's a pseudoscientific explanation awaiting something to explain.  No explanation gets over the hurdle / fact that homeopathic pills are INERT / empty.

"according to Newton’s Third Law of Motion [...]";

ah, a little classical physics.

"living systems always seek homeostasis (or balance), which means they have to adapt to any interference we introduce into them [...]";

ah, a little biology.

"the word homeopathy literally means 'same as the disease,' and it is based on the principle of 'like cures like' – that is, the remedy given is the one that would produce, in a healthy patient, the same symptoms that the ill patient is currently experiencing [...]";

this is known as sympathetic magic, like VOODOO.

there are no actual molecules of the original substance left in the remedy.  By the time you put it in your mouth, it’s essentially just lactose pellets, or water, depending on the delivery method.  We call that 'energetic medicine.' I know.  Ridiculous, right?  [...]";

yes. In science, energy is measurable.  But, there is nothing to measure in the pill but the stuff it is made out of.  What really is the basis of dilution was the idea by homeopathy's founder that as the dilution occurred, the remedy was basically becoming spiritized / immaterial and therein effects the patient not physically but dynamically / spiritually.  Those are Hahnemann's terms.  Not mentioning this is like talking about Christianity and excluding Jesus in the whole explanation.

"how do they work? [...] we don’t really know how it works [...]";

show that they work first.

"water itself can take on different organizational structures, and perhaps this is the mechanism of energetic imprinting in homeopathy.  But the process may very well be quantum mechanical in nature [...]";

there are lots of jokes about the memory of water.  And then there's QM abuse by the sCAMsters.

"three things can happen when you take a homeopathic remedy: you get better, you get worse and then you get better, or nothing happens [...]";

it's more honest to say, if I give you a placebo...

"some of the fastest and most impressive cures I’ve ever seen have followed a well-chosen homeopathic remedy. You can think I’m crazy if you want, and I’m okay with that [...]";

the claim that an empty remedy cures...IS crazy [thus crazily in my post title, you have given me permission to call you crazy if I like].  Taking money for it, though, is not crazy, it's unprofessional and repugnant and NOT OKAY.

002. NMD Deville:

 describes homeopathy also at her own web page (see here).  Her alma mater also (see here), falsely labeling it "amazingly effective."  Her board exam falsely labels homeopathy a "clinical science" (see here).  Now, I've been studying naturopathy since the mid nineties. Homeopathy is central to naturopathy.  It is in fact FUSED into naturopathy.

other science-ejected, stupid, deceptive practices and beliefs are too -- skeptically speaking (actually).

I highly recommend "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy" which stated:

"there is no credible evidence of efficacy for homeopathy, which is an evidence-based view [...] by providing homeopathy on the NHS and allowing MHRA licensing of products which subsequently appear on pharmacy shelves, the Government runs the risk of endorsing homeopathy as an efficacious system of medicine. To maintain patient trust, choice and safety, the Government should not endorse the use of placebo treatments, including homeopathy. Homeopathy should not be funded on the NHS and the MHRA
should stop licensing homeopathic products."
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