This blog has been up for nearly a month and I have yet to weigh in on homeopathy (minus a couple of linked videos). The homeopaths have been quiet as of late. Or at least they had been at the time I started writing this. I didn’t finish the post (it’s quite difficult to fit the amount of stupid inherent in homeopathy into one little article) and left town for a few days. By the time I got back, homeopathy was very much in the public eye. The World Health Organization came out against the use of homeopathy for treating HIV, TB, and other diseases. I’ve come across multiple articles and blog posts advocating the efficacy of homeopathy in preventing and treating swine flu. Oh, and this nutbag was on TV in Australia. Sadly, the video has been taken down (here’s a transcript of the interview). I suspect the backlash against the television station that aired the interview led them to file the copyright claim to try and save themselves future embarrassment. But I’m going to tackle homeopathy anyway. We’ll briefly explore its history and why its practice is complete and utter idiocy.
In the late 18th century, conventional medical treatment was unquestionably dicey. Common treatments of the time included bloodletting and purging. Unsurprisingly in this age of medical ignorance, the treatment was often worse than the disease. Enter Samuel Hahnemann.