The Skeptics argument
I have yet to encounter a skeptic whose experience of homeopathy
was that they had given it a thorough and fair trial and found
it to be ineffective, or even that they had assessed the clinical
evidence for themselves.
On the contrary, Homeopathy skepticism is normally based on
a dogmatic logic: The main argument advanced by skeptics states
that the incredibly low concentrations used in homeopathy, make
it extremely unlikely that there is any of the diluted substance
contained in it.
The above is all reasonable and widely accepted science. However,
they then go on to say therefore homeopathy can't work.
The leap of faith from the premises is unjustifiable. To clarify,
the premises are:
- That there is none of the diluted substance.
- That the diluted substance is the only active ingredient.
- That all factors defining the interaction between the
remedy and surrounding liquid are known. Specifically
that the diluted substance has had no effect on the surrounding
Recent research has found that water molecules form microscopic
clumps when shaken with a small quantity of another chemical.
The nature of these clumps is dependent on the chemical being
shaken in the water. These clumps, will also build clumps on
themselves, when shaken in more water, without any of the original
substance being present.
This may or may not be relevent to how homeopathy works, but
it does show that the skeptic's implicit premise, that the water
molecules have had no effect on the surrounding liquid, is untenable.
It is not necessary to understand how it works, but
simply to try it and see if it works. The only real window
to knowledge is personal experience, and without it, knowledge
Having spent a significant amount of time producing this site,
I can no longer claim to be unbiased, and I'm sure my enthusiasm
is evident. There are many studies out there, and many of them
published on the web.
A good source for details of proper placebo controlled double
blind homeopathic clinical trials is: http://www.lyghtforce.com/King_bio/research.htm
Here is an article in the esteemed and unbiased British Medical
Alternatively, you may want to investigate the matter yourself
on a search engine. You could do a lot worse than examining
google. A word of warning though; the majority of studies have
given a group of patients with the same disease, the same remedy.
This is not how Homeopathy works. For the same disease, different
patients may exhibit different symptoms; the negative findings
are in large part polluted by this factor.
Another factor to bear in mind is who is financing the study,
and where it is published. The huge profits realised by pharmaceutical
companies are not possible in homeopathy, because Homeopathic
medicine can not be patented and Homeopathic medicine is not
addictive. Studies undertaken by pharmaceutical giants are as
reliable as the work the mobile phone companies have done 'proving'
the safety of mobile phones.