Homeopathy comes under attack
30 Aug, 2009environment, political
Below is an email that I sent to a group called Voices of Young Science, who
wish to discredit and essentially destroy the art of homeopathy. I strongly
encourage others to send an email to those responsible for this misinformation.
Also, here is the link to the BBC article:
Dear Sense About Science / Voices of Young Science,
After receiving a letter from a trusted source, I see that your organization is
alarmed by the growth of homeopathy. From the articles I’ve read, your group
sees this methodology as nothing more than placebo and should be extinguished.
I can understand that the tools by how things are currently measured can’t
always detect the energetic principles that is the basis of how homeopathy
works, but in the evolution of science, I find that many ‘laws’ are disproved
when better tools of variable detection are available… rendering previous
beliefs, theories and laws obsolete.
Your group is in danger of becoming discredited if it continues to pursue this
path in attacking homeopathy as a pseudoscience. The undetectable variables that
are not traceable with conventional tools do not conclusively mean that the
energy of the remedies are ineffective.
If the goal of medicine is to create a more healthy patient, I challenge
medicine to answer the larger question of the deleterious effects of
pharmaceutical production which poisons our clean air and water. How does
conventional medicine justify and rationalize the perpetual side effects of its
remedies while destroying the habitat of the patients it is trying to help?
I do understand that homeopathic remedies resemble placebo to those who don’t
wish to genuinely explore the methodology of the practice, but as a patient of
classical homeopathy now for eight years, I can say that I am healthier and
happier now in my forties than I can remember even back to my early twenties
(even though I was quite skeptical at the onset of my homeopathic treatment). I
haven’t needed (nor desired) to take a pharmaceutical remedy since I’ve started
the homeopathic path and feel more free than the vast majority who are
struggling to counteract all the side effects of traditional medicine.
Homeopathy treats the psyche as well as the symptoms. I have benefited immensely
in the treatment of my whole person.
If you are simply agents of the pharmaceutical industry, then you probably will
simply delete this email as poppycock. But if you are truly scientists who
search for objective knowledge in all things, then I implore you to try to
research the science of homeopathy. It is a medicinal art as valid as the art of
conventional medicine and worthy of further research in what it can contribute
to the overall evolution of medicine.
Coordinator of IT for Natural Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences IT
University of Oregon