Homeopathy is the medical philosophy based on the concept that the body has the ability to heal itself. Homeopathy takes a non-traditional approach in regards to healing and treatment. Homeopathy teaches that if an individual is to consume certain substances which cause symptoms of a disease in healthy people, it will in kind cure similar symptoms in people afflicted with illness.
Often times in the case of harmful effects due to homeopathic medicine, the harm is caused by the original problem that needed remedy. The amount of believed curing ingredients in homeopathic medicine are far too diluted to have any effect, much less a directly negative one. When attempting to treat an ailment and supplying it with ineffective remedies in lieu of proper treatment, all that is given is hope. Hope is not a cure.
The population of India has an astounding number of followers of homeopathy. There are thousands of registered homeopaths across the country who make custom remedies for different ailments. In a country that suffers massive outbreaks of diseases which are often deadly, it leaves the question as to why so many believe homeopathy is a science while it shows little effect on the horrors around them. Why say little instead of no effect? Because there is one thing that homeopathy does supply: hope. Homeopathy gives the hope that an ailment or disease can be cured by its methods while it cannot. When falling victim to hope, homeopathy is delusion.
Incredibly, even in developed worlds where modern medicine has proven to be effective, homeopathy still has a large following. In spite of evidence that is freely available to the public, homeopaths stay true to their beliefs that their remedies are effective. Homeopathic medicine however, does not have definitive scientific evidence that it is effective. In most cases, homeopaths stay true to the post hoc ergo propter hoc logical fallacy. Falling victim to fallacies in logic is a large contributor to the growing population of homeopaths. To this logic, a “remedy” can be deemed effective by homeopathic logic by this example: A person has a disease such as cancer. The individual who has cancer ate a dish with tuna and some time after eating this dish, their cancer receded. Therefore, eating the tuna cured the cancer.
Using this logic can result in poor anecdotes which are often mistaken as evidence. Anecdotes are not evidence. Evidence is what we can measure and say whether or not it definitively works.
When homeopathy causes real danger is when those who have no ability to choose which medicine, if any they can take. There are an unfortunately high number of cases such as the parents who refused to give their child modern medicine to treat her skin condition. It was only when it was too late that they sought real medical treatment after realizing that their homeopathic remedies were ineffective. Infants cannot choose what treatment they receive and have become victim of the dangers of the homeopathic delusion. The article of this case can be read here:
Homeopathy was invented in an age which predates germ theory and does not at all take into mind the knowledge of the body we have today. Taking part in the field of homeopathy with the knowledge that it is based on anecdotes rather than evidence is a mockery to human progress in the field of medicine.
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