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Old 02-21-2007, 12:59 PM   #10
Dagobahn Eagle
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Homeopathic therapy? Why not?
Randi explains it quite well in the video from my first link. Homeopathic pills contain virtually or literally none of the anti-dotes they claim to, and either way, the theories it is based on are void and do not stand up to scientific testing.

Thats common knowledge, therefore not alternative.
This might help in the question of alternative versus non-alternative:
Alternative medicine describes practices used in place of conventional medical treatments. Complementary medicine describes practices used in conjunction and cooperation with conventional medicine, to assist the existing process. The term complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is an umbrella term for both branches. CAM includes practices that incorporate spiritual, metaphysical, or religious underpinnings; non-European medical traditions, or newly developed approaches to healing.
Of course doctors should be the ones to get it right, most of the time. If a better option exists however, whether it be homeopathic medicine or something else, people should take it.
Of course. But come on, homeopathy?
Homeopathy attempts to treat the sick with extremely diluted agents that, in undiluted doses, produce similar symptoms in the healthy. However, processes use cause the dose to be exactly zero in most cases: Its adherents and practitioners assert that the therapeutic potency of a remedy can be increased by serial dilution of the drug, combined with succussion, or vigorous shaking. This is, however, not supported by chemistry or physics. Homeopathy regards diseases as morbid derangements of the organism,[4] and states that instances of disease in different people differ fundamentally.[5] Homeopathy views a sick person as having a dynamic disturbance in a hypothetical "vital force", a disturbance which, homeopaths claim, underlies standard medical diagnoses of named diseases.[6]

Scientists describe homeopathy as pseudoscience [7] and quackery.[8] The theory that extreme dilution makes drugs more powerful by enhancing their "spirit-like medicinal powers"[9] is inconsistent with the laws of chemistry and physics. Placebo-controlled clinical trials have given mixed results, but most have methodological problems, with better-quality trials (e.g. those more likely to use double-blind techniques) more likely to give negative results.[10] Additionally, cases have been reported of life-threatening complications resulting from attempts to treat serious conditions solely with homeopathic remedies.[11][12]

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