We enlightened folks of the 21st century often look smugly and condescendingly at the gullible people of the 19th century who bought into various forms of "snake oil." But the fact is, they couldn't hold a candle to the ignorance and credulity of our generation. And it's not just homeopathy; it's the majority of nostrums and supplements on the shelves of drugstores and supermarkets. Homeopathy is just the tip of the iceberg, in terms of worthless products and therapies (acupuncture, subluxation, therapeutic touch, magnets, etc.) purported to make us healthier. All they really do is lighten our wallets.
Thanks to a law passed by Republicans in 1994 to please Orrin Hatch's donors in the Utah-based dietary supplement industry, the FDA has been rendered virtually helpless in trying to make sure that pills, tonics, and sprays (That means YOU, "Airborne!") actually are safe and effective. Consequently, most of them aren't. But Americans continue to shell out billions of dollars for substances that have not even been tested, much less approved by any recognized authority. It is perfectly legal, for instance, for someone to bottle mud and sell it as a "mineral supplement," as long as they don't claim, without proof, that it cures disease. The FDA can warn people about it, but they can't prohibit its sale without first proving that it fails to deliver what it promises, which takes years. But for every product that finally gets tested, 20 others hit the market shelves, untested. And we (well, not ME!) are stupid enough to buy them.
Perhaps most discouraging of all, whenever the information put out by the FDA, EPA, CDC, NIH, etc. conflict with ads on TV, the overwhelming majority of Americans believe the ads rather than the science. It's just another example of the disdain Americans have for science. It's why half of all Americans don't believe in evolution.
Check out any of the ads for health support products on TV. Nearly all of them consist mostly of warnings of possible dire effects (to forestall lawsuits); and many of them point out in the tiniest print, that the product hasn't even been tested for efficacy. Still, people spend their hard-earned money on them, despite the fact that they are demonstrably useless, if not downright dangerous.
This pisses me off. It's preying on the ignorant--aparantly a profitable business model. What an embarrassment to our society that we allow this to go on.
I'm struggling with homeopathy with my wife at the moment.... I insist it's complete hokum, and she agrees, and then she buys it anyway because it makes her feel better.
Also, from wikipedia:
Has a 60% probability of containing one molecule of original substance if one mole of the original substance was used.
The dilution is so great that there are no traces of the “active” ingredients remaining. Explained here with humor.
Homeopathy is given credit when in fact people would be cured with or without it. People will give credit to all sorts of false causes. So at best it is a placebo when it 'works' for mild illnesses and it is dangerous when it doesn't for serious illnesses. Homeopathy is just one big logical fallacy, it's the classic post-hoc fallacy.
If homeopathy worked, wouldn't sea water cure everything?
I found a website that is called "How does homeopathy work" Here is the link
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