A lovely article by Dominic Lawson, in The Independent.
[moved from the old IMPROBABLE SCIENCE page.]
Can you tell the difference between homeopaths and witch doctors?
The answer is: witch doctors are not publicly funded within the NHS. Not so far, anyway
Dominic Lawson, The Independent, 26 May 2006 gave support to the letter (though I get very uncomfortable when I get branded as part of the establishment). [Get whole article]
“Hence homeopaths believe – they really do -that the most effective remedy is one in which there is no longer a single molecule of the active ingredient in the water. However – please bear with me – the water has “a memory” of the active ingredient, and it is this which will cure the sufferer.
As the Australian Council Against Health Fraud remarks: “Strangely, the water offered as treatment does not remember the bladders it has been stored in, or the chemicals that may have come into contact with its molecules, or the other contents of the sewers it may have been in, or the cosmic radiation which has blasted through it.” I suppose you might say that the medicinal water of the homeopath has a selective memory.”
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