Posted Aug 17, 2012 22:46 UTC (Fri) by anselm
In reply to: Diluted sugar
Parent article: Garzik: An Andre To Remember
»Allopathic« is a propaganda term homeopaths use for what the rest of the world calls »scientific«. Homeopathy is a form of sympathetic magic that dates from a time when modern medicine basically didn't exist. In spite of vast numbers of trials there is no evidence whatsoever that homeopathy works better than placebos; in fact, if it worked at all it would mean that large, well-established swathes of contemporary physics and chemistry are wrong. That homeopathy works is, in other words, unlikely in the extreme. Modern science-based medicine, on the other hand, has at least a fighting chance of working, because it relies on evidence and our contemporary knowledge of human biology, pharmacology, etc.
Medical practitioners who use homeopathy are either not aware of the fact that homeopathy is, with a probability bordering on the absolutely certain, utter BS, which means they are incompetent, or are aware of this fact and are actively misleading their patients, which means they are unethical. As far as I am concerned, either of these would be sufficient grounds for not trusting such a person with something as important as my (or my family's) health. Your mileage may vary.
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