I'm bored of its nonsensical, illogical, deceitful, uncritical, confused, law-breaking, twisted, underhand, conspiratorial, paranoid True Believers™ who are able to preach their religion in the media, often without any critical appraisal by the cut-and-paste journalistas.
Nonetheless, to labour the point heavily, one of the mantras trundled out time and time and time again is that homeopathy is a holistic medicine. (It is, in reality, neither of those things, but I digress). It treats the person, not the symptoms; it (depending on who you talk to) readdresses the imbalances in the energy fields allowing the body's natural defences to get to work and recreate health. It is impossible to test by the scientific method because it doesn't work the same way as conventional (euggh) medicine.
All of the above are trotted out regularly by True Believers™ of homeopathy and yet a little observation produces a wealth of information that states otherwise.
Why don't we all get together and go to Napiers "Homeopathy for Families" workshop in January 2009?
Tickets: £20 includes a complimentary bottle of the homeopathic remedy Arnica.
OK. Now go through the old 'treat the person not the disease' mantra again and explain how giving everyone a bottle of indistinguishable sugar pills labelled arnica will do that?
Where is the 'taking patient medical history', looking at emotional problems and lifestyle and all the other smoke-and-mirrors rhetoric used to pretend that there is any substance to this quackery? Nowhere. Just give 'em arnica and they'll be fine. (Or more correctly, just give 'em some sugar pills, doesn't matter what the label says, it won't do anything other than a placebo effect).
In a similar vein, sharp-shooting investigative journalist (read: uncritical cut-and-paster) James Connell has offered another fine example of Dr* T's First Theory in the Worcester News:
No it isn't. However, here we are again with our questioning on 'treating the whole person, not the disease/symptoms'.
From the uncritical, lazy, rehashed, unresearched, unintelligent, unscientific, unoriginal(!) piece, I'll let you perform your own critique on these two sections:
Homeopathy treats the whole person, not just a symptom or disease. Homeopaths say it therefore has the potential to help people with a wide range of physical, psychological and emotional problems.
GELSENIUM: This is considered to be the best remedy for flu when the symptoms include a dull and sluggish feeling with a dull ache at the back of the neck
Up is down, black is white, square is round - only easy to reconcile for the True Believers™.