Something about homeopathy I’ve never understood

Perhaps one of my readers understands homeopathy better than I do and can answer this for me. There has always been one specific nagging thing that has never struck me as reasonable when it comes to homeopathy.

If diluting a substance in water will cure like diseases as homeopathy claims, then every time I drink tap water I should be getting and curing countless diseases. and the “dirtier” your water is the more diseases you’d be curing and receiving with ever glass you drink.

Since nobody (up until very recently) drank “pure” water, and even today only a VERY SMALL percentage of the world have access to “pure” drinking water, IF homeopathy is true (and that’s a huge gigantic IF based on no scientific data what-so-ever) are we always contracting and curing a massive number of illnesses every time we drink, shower, etc? Do practitioners of homeopathy only bath/shower/wash/etc with “pure” water to avoid these diseases they’d otherwise contract?

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Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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7 Responses to Something about homeopathy I’ve never understood

  1. sophismata says:

    “If diluting a substance in water will cure like diseases as homeopathy claims, then every time I drink tap water I should be getting and curing countless diseases.”

    I dont understand the link between the “if” and “then”. Is it your understanding that the homeopathic dilution benefit comes from the added water (hence tap water = more cures)?

  2. Rodibidably says:

    Homeopathic treatment involves giving extremely small doses of substances that produce characteristic symptoms of illness in healthy people when given in larger doses.

    They dilute this “healing substance” in water repeatedly until there is, in reality, nothing left of the substance, but according to homeopaths the “essence” or “memory” of the substance remains.

    The water supply of the world (lakes, rain, etc) has had virtually everything in it at some point, and should therefor, according to homeopathic ideas have the “essence” or “memory” of countless substances within it.

    If homeopathic remedies TRULY can affect the human body, then every time a person drinks a glass of water, they are drinking countless homeopathic concoctions at a time.

  3. Skepdude says:

    I can explain. You have to shake the homeopathic solution vigorously every time you do a dilution. So you take one part of whatever put it in 10 parts water, shake it vigorously in three directions, then take one part of that dilute it in 10 parts of water, shake that vigorously in three directions and so on.

    I guess the point would be that no one is shaking the earth’s water supplies properly, hence no homeopathic effect. Makes sense? The magic does not work without the shaking.

  4. Rodibidably says:

    *looks at a river*

    Seems to me that water in nature is often shook at least as vigorously as any homeopath is going to be able to shake it.

  5. homeopathic cancer treatment says:

    I appriciate your great efforts of spreading awareness of Homeopathy towards people who had disapointed from normal medical treatment. Hats off !!!

  6. Rodibidably says:

    hcr,
    Obviously you did not read my post, you only used it as a chance to post your own link (which I have removed) to your pseudoscience quackery website.

    If you bothered to read my post, you’d realize my view on the subject is that they are full of shit. I was asking for somebody who believes to explain why it’s not a load of BS.

    If you would like to post links that support homeopathy by giving evidence of how it works, or scientific evidence supporting that it does work, I’d be interested in seeing the best “proof” you can offer. If you try to post more links selling that crap, they will be removed.

  7. Henryk Plötz says:

    The answer consists of two parts, one of which Skepdude already mentioned: a) when diluting (in homeopathyspeak: ‘potentiating’) you must shake the solution violently in the X axis, in the Y axis and then in the Z axis. If the remedy doesn’t work, then *obviously* you didn’t shake it correctly!
    And b) homeopaths treat the human being as a whole (since it was thought out before the concept of an “illness” existed). This holistic approach requires a lengthy diagnosis process where you tell the homeopathic practitioner a lot of things, after which he will then select/prepare a remedy just for you. *Obviously* it won’t work if you take a remedy that wasn’t specifically made for you!

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