Over the past year and a half Christchurch has experienced over 9500 earthquakes. Some have been sustained over many seconds and been quite abrupt. This reminds me of the method used to prepare homeopathic remedies – solutions are hit against (succussed is the term homeopaths use for this) a bible or similar book a specific number of times in order to “potentate” the homeopathic remedy.
So what happens when these solutions are repeatedly shaken by earthquakes? Do they become more potentated? Or perhaps the shaking deactivates them? How can we possibly tell? As far as I know homeopaths have no way of determining the quality of their potions. In fact, do homeopathics solutions ever break down? Have an expiry date? Is the water still potentated when customers pass it out as urine? What effect would this have on our water supply?
As far as I know homeopaths have never offered any adequate answers to all of these questions, well not ones that can be tested in any way. Compare this to conventional medicines:
Yes, we could analyse conventional medicines to test their quality and check to see if they had deteriorated.
Yes, medications do have expiry dates to take into account the possible deterioration of active compounds.
Yes, the active ingredients of some medications do pass out of the body. This can be determined by analysing the urine or other excreta. We know other medications are broken down for exactly the same reason. And yes, this does result in some concerns regarding our water supplies.
Many homeopathic remedies contain no active substances. This is something homeopaths freely admit to. If I were to break into a homeopaths office and remove all the labels from their bottles there would be no way they could identify which solution was which, or which solution could cure which disease.
Hardly a therapeutic approach that fills me with confidence.