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Also not an argument, but given the large amount of propaganda and misinformation that’s out there, I felt compelled to put out some facts.
The practice of homeopathy goes all the way back to Hippocrates.
The current practice of homeopathy was refined by an M.D, Samuel Hahnemann, in the late 1700’s, early 1800’s. Though Samuel Hahnemann was an M.D., he abhorred the medical practices of the day (like treating people with mercury) and had actually completely stopped practicing medicine before he read and translated “Treatise on Materia Medica” by William Cullen, a text that would start his experiments with homeopathy.
Samuel Hahnemann was also one of the first docs to recognize that hygiene and nutrition were also health concerns.
Samuel Hahnemann engineered some of the very first clinical trials, and the methodology for doing so is still used today.
A good resource for looking up a ton of clinical studies proving the efficacy of homeopathy can be found (here), though of course you can search the NCBI, NIH, and medline databases if you want to.
Keep in mind that many of the studies disproving homeopathy were done by scientists who 1) weren’t homeopaths, and 2) had no training in the method of mechanism.
O the other side of the issue, an issue of JAMA in 2000 reported that at least 225,000 deaths occur annually from allopathic treatment. This makes allopathic care the 3rd leading cause of death in america.[starsfield]
If you just want to go with pharmaceuticals, a 1998 study by Lazarou shows that allopathic medications are the 4th leading cause of death in america.
And really, beyond that, a 1978 report “Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies” which was put together by the congressional office of technology assessment found that only 10-20% of techniques used by allopaths are empirically proven. While this number has certainly grown, in no way be convinced that everything on the M.D. side is empirically proven.
Really, if you were to look at a case of dysentery, being totally inadequately treated “naturally” by someone who clearly didn’t have a very strong grasp of what it is that grapeseed oil extract and garlic do, and probably didn’t have the 4- 7 years of training that the average homeopath has, to the efficacy of a modality that has been studied and used for 200 years in the form that it is in now, I would say that you’d be forced to logically concede that the person in question was not treated with the modalities as they are practiced by trained professionals at all at the very least. And it’s kinda hard to blame the medicine for user error on a scientific basis. There’s no way to become an herbalist, a naturopath, or a homeopath without extensive training- just as it would be absurd for a layman to be able to give the appropriate pharmaceutical without training.
Given my druthers, I choose to be up on all of my vaccines (though I did have them on a delayed schedule) and treated with allopathy in acute situations, like when my uterine tube burst last spring. On a day to day basis, I manage my health (with the help of trained professionals) through herbalism, nutrition, and homeopathy- which is what works best for me.
Having left behind a string of allopaths who unsuccessfully treated me with pharmaceuticals that only gave me side effects for 16 years, I think that it’s important to see both sides of the fence as viable treatments under the appropriate situations.