Thursday, December 4, 2008

Napiers Homeopathy - treating the individual person or just True Believers™?

OK,OK, it's a loaded question, it may not surprise you to know it's the latter. To be honest, I'm bored of homeopathy. Bored. Bored. Bored.

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:
Is homeopathy the way to beat winter colds and the flu?

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.

and
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™.

BPSDB

5 comments:

  1. Long time reader, first time commentor.
    Having read several other pieces and now this latest one do you think it wrong that I start refering to homeopath's as cutltists? There seems to be a whole lot of aura's and fields and other 'things' but not much science?

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  2. cult n.
    1. a. A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader

    b. The followers of such a religion or sect.

    2. A system or community of religious worship and ritual.

    3. The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.

    4. A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.

    5.a. Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.

    b. The object of such devotion.

    6. An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest.


    So by this definition I would say yes!

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  3. Your complaint was not upheld, fact.

    The workshop never took place as I had a family bereavement although your complaint was worded as if you were present which was not possible. Not very truthful...

    The workshop was to instruct people on how to use homeopathic medicines at home. As this information can be found in books in any bookshop teaching it doesn't seem like a crime, so what's your problem?
    The bottle of Arnica was covered within the charge for the workshop as part of a home remedy kit for use as required by those who attended.
    Would you advocate.... all books on homeopathy to be burnt in case someone took a homeopathic medicine ?!! and all homeopaths to be burnt as witches to suit your version of reality?
    Please stop telling untruths and do whatever it is that you do and stop harassing qualified, registered and insured members of the homeopathic community.

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  4. Thanks for stopping by Anonymous (please leave a moniker in future - anon postings are regarded as empty & weak)

    Your complaint was not upheld, fact.

    What complaint? Did you mean regarding this blogpost? If so, then it's clearly stated as not upheld.

    ... your complaint was worded as if you were present which was not possible. Not very truthful...

    No it wasn't. Have you seen it?

    The workshop was to instruct people on how to use homeopathic medicines at home. As this information can be found in books in any bookshop teaching it doesn't seem like a crime, so what's your problem?

    I didn't complain about this.

    The bottle of Arnica was covered within the charge for the workshop as part of a home remedy kit for use as required by those who attended.

    So it wasn't really free at all. Giving away free real medication is illegal and rightly so. I was interested to see how the MHRA would deal with someone giving away sugar pills, but pretending it was real medicine. Ironically, if the sugar pills had been registered the way Nelson's Arnica has been, there would have been a case to answer.

    Would you advocate.... all books on homeopathy to be burnt in case someone took a homeopathic medicine ?!! and all homeopaths to be burnt as witches to suit your version of reality?

    What are you on about? Where have I said anything of that nature - please try and maintain an intelligent thread.

    Please stop telling untruths

    Show me where I have told any untruths. I know homeopaths are not very good at looking for evidence, but please, indulge me.

    and do whatever it is that you do and stop harassing qualified, registered and insured members of the homeopathic community.

    All I'm doing is trying to ensure that (well-meaning but ultimately deluded) homeopaths don't break the law and confuse people with their pretend medicine.

    T

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