Homeopathic medicine is about as safe and effective as drinking a class of purified water. Because that's what it is. Seriously, the idea behind homeopathic medicine is what you'd get with someone who holds only the faintest idea of how vaccinations work, then applied it to every disease known to man, only that person choose to believe that diseases weren't caused by infectious agents, but by toxins. So they believe that the only way to cure a disease is to fight it with the same toxin they believe caused it. Of course injecting people with toxins to fight diseases sounds ludicrously dangerous, so they dilute the toxins in water to a ratio of 1 part to 1 novemdecilian (that's a 1 with sixty zeros). That means that it's statistically unlike that the "medicine" could even contain one single molecule of the supposed cure.
In conclusion: YOU CAN'T FUCKING CURE AUTISM WITH DISTILLED DRINKING WATER!
10/16/2012 1:17:22 PM
@checkmate: Well played.
Homeopathy harms people in direct proportion to how much it makes them avoid conventional treatments - which are conventional because they are the most cost-effective treatments that we have.
In other words: Homeopathy kills.
10/16/2012 1:40:58 PM
I got a cold, so I wore a blue sock on one foot and a red one on the other, and always touched the light switch three times before turning it on - and guess what?! My cold went away!
10/16/2012 2:18:14 PM
Anacdotal? Eezee for you to say!
10/16/2012 4:59:16 PM
The skeptics will dismiss this anecdote as anecdotal; but then, they would, wouldn't they?
Well... yes, we would.
10/16/2012 5:10:21 PM
Yes, homeopathic remedies are perfectly safe, unless (in the case of homeopathic pills) you're severely lactose intolerant.
10/16/2012 5:36:29 PM
I'll dismiss it as pure bullshit. Either she mistook signs of something else for autism or her son is still autistic.
Time will tell. Homeopathy is rubbish.
10/16/2012 6:34:11 PM
Not fundie but just as crazy. Homeopathy is safe because it is distilled water.
10/16/2012 7:11:30 PM
I find the concept that Homeopathy is as safe as drinking water to be flawed. Homeopathic medicines can still cause problems and harm. While they have been scientifically proven to not work, they have also not been scientifically proven to not cause harm.
Homeopathy is as dangerous as medical negligence as well as taking random drugs.
10/16/2012 10:30:19 PM
Yeah, imagine that, calling anecdotal evidence anecdotal.
10/17/2012 10:46:31 AM
One thing to remember is that homeopathy PREDATED germ theory. The main reason it looked promising was simply that it didn't induce the kind of shock that the then-usual "heroic" measures would.
10/17/2012 12:03:47 PM
Steve, you really ought to use a dictionary more. Look up 'anecdote', please.
10/18/2012 10:09:27 AM
Since about 1/3 of kids lose their autism diagnosis as they grow up anyway (brain developement isn't static), I sure he was totally cured by your homeopathy *rolls eyes*
10/19/2012 4:01:46 AM
P O E
Purity of Essence
10/19/2012 7:31:58 AM