*waits for an educated person to explain*
@FunnyFamous, homeopathic medicine is like old timey herbs, spices, candles, etc. Generally it’s considered ineffective or a joke. There can be merit to it, but not for the reasons its users believe.
@FunnyFamous, do you know what homeopathic medicine would be called if it worked? Medicine.
@PBnJ, not quite. Homeopathic medicines are substances that are diluted until the point that there are none left. It's based off of a pseudoscientific claim that these substances that would get you sick are the same substances that can cure you from said sickness when used in miniscule amounts---if it has any effectiveness, it's only through placebo effect
@Kit eee, Yea, but people don’t know how to make this stuff now, so you have to go to special vendors who “specialize” in it... I doubt the materials are reliable, and you don’t know what you’ll get.
@Kit eee, well i would say they have some effect just maybe not the intended effect
@PBnJ, technically incorrect, that’s “natural medicine”. Homeopathy dilutes “cures” until they believe they’re useful, however there is 0% of the “cure” in any homeopathic medicine.
@FP Waiter, Yes, if the intent is to use unaltered herbs, then it’s natural. But homeopathic vendors can sell you whatever kind of “infused” crap they want to and the buyers won’t realize it. I don’t care about the technicalities in split definitions because these pseudosciences overlap. It comes down to the intention and how they’re made.
@PBnJ, that’s true, all pseudoscience is garbage that helps nobody. I find the technicalities of homeopathy extra absurd though.
@PBnJ, How about we just put it all under the label of ‘bollocks’? I feel that covers homeopathy and the vast majority of herbal remedies as they’re sold these days.
And ‘healing crystals’, they can go under the same label too.
@FunnyFamous, homeopathic medicine is the belief that the more you dilute something, the stronger the medicine becomes. Besides being absolutely absurd, this medicine is still sold over the counter.
It's like if you took orange juice, and then took 1% of the juice, and added it to water. Then from that mixture, you took 1%, and added it to a glass of water the same size. Now do that several more times. If you follow homeopathic medicine, that final mixture is several folds stronger than the original orange juice.
Look up James Randi-homeopathy. He does a great job debunking them, basically doing exactly what this kid did, except in front of a live audience.
@Kit eee, it's essentially "state-of-mind" medicine working just like a placebo
@Nellybert , are you talking about those stupid salt lamp things that every girl has at least 3 of and cost like 50 bucks? If so I definitely agree
I’ll say however that you can still OD on certain homeopathic treatments. Just because they’re natural doesn’t mean they’re safe.
Don't support big pharma. Get your cyanide from apple seeds!
No, but seriously, there are very good reasons for pharmaceutical development. Most of the plants and fungi they come from would either be toxic or ineffective.
Homeopathic medicine refers to medicine that has not been proven by legitimate research. The claim is that it's 'natural' (a label anyone can slap on any product) and that 'natural' is better for you. While in some cases, that is true (such as for trans-fatty acids, which are only produced synthetically), in other cases the opposite is true (synthetic folic acid is absorbed by the body better than natural).
@Empshok, strictly speaking, Homeopathic (and not the hoards of ‘natural medicine’ you talked about) is the belief that “Like cures Like” so if you dilute a toxin enough, then it becomes a medicine. It seems potentially harmful, until you realize that it’s diluted to 1:10(to the 400th power). AKA, less than a 1/1000 chance there is a single molecule of the “cure” in the entire bottle of medicine.
It’s fascinating to read about the lunacy. James Randi debunks psychics and homeopathic medicines, plenty of stuff on YouTube about it.
@Empshok, Did you ever read the ‘big pharma had bitter almond trees banned because they can cure cancer’ article that keeps resurfacing? Just ignoring the whole ‘major source of cyanide’ thing.....
@Nellybert , every time I see it posted I link to the snopes article and hope they learn something.
@Eldsmidur, I doubt they will, but your efforts should be applauded anyway.
@Nellybert , I follow several pages on facebook that make fun of all the natural stuff. I have found there is a group of people who think bathing in and drinking aged urine is a cure all.
@Eldsmidur, Huh. Um, yeah, okay....
@Nellybert , I die a little more each time I see a post about it. Proof that people are dumb.
@FP Waiter, that's like curing a bullet would with a much smaller bullet.
I just drink herbal tea.
As a healthcare professional, I sometimes ask patients “Do you want a doctor who practices based off of peer reviewed scholarly journals...or advice from strangers online?” It’s scary how often people prefer the latter.
I’ll just stick to my healing crystals that will bring me luck and a girlfriend thank you very much
Reverse psychology medication.
@daily joke, that is funny enough that I am surprised I haven’t heard it.