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Friday, March 25, 2005

Homeopathy - Finally, Proof

Finally some proof regarding homeopathy.

In short, homeopathy is based on two principles:
1) Like cures like
2) Dilutions make the substance stronger

In pursuit of point two, there is a known scientific limit. The Avogadro limit effectively counts the number of molecules in one cc of water, and limits dilutions to approx 6 with 23 zeros. Thus any 24x solution or greater cannot have a more than a single molecule of active ingredient in it, and as we get to 30X, for instance, the chances of that one molecule being there in any particular pill are lottery level. This spawned a third principle:

3) Even though there is no active ingredient, the water or alcohol of the solution retains a memory of the substance that was once there.

Well. it may be hokey, but you can't dispove it, right? WRONG! Follow the link in the title of this post, and we can finally effectively PROVE that homeopathic dilutions do not remember anything.

Therefore, when you buy these products, you are buying a pill made of water, alcohol, saline, sucrose or whatever the solution base was, AND NOTHING ELSE. Please compare price accordingly.


  • From the linked article: the "memory" of any distinct structures will not last for more than 50 femtoseconds, a thousandth of a millionth of a millionth of a second, one tenth of what was thought previously by scientists...

    And if the memory lasts for 500 femtoseconds, it's supposed to provide support for homeopathy?

    By Blogger The Observer, at 2:39 PM  

  • In all fairness, it only proves that homeopathy does not work the way that they claim that it works. It says nothing to the claim that it works empirically, though advocates have never shown acceptable studies proving that it does work empirically, so it is all what you believe.

    I'd hate to base my health decisions on cures that require my belief. When teh kids get strep, amoxicillin or another antibiotic cures it whether we believe in it or not.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:14 PM  

  • Two folks out there obviously "get it".

    By Blogger Rebeljew, at 10:08 PM  

  • Please read Mind Body Soul....
    (it has info on homeopathy)
    You can find it in the book store on my blog:
    As well as other articles regarding the efficacy of homeopathy

    By Blogger Randy Shoostine, at 9:02 PM  

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