Homeopathy was invented by Samuel Christian Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician who lived in a time before the rudiments of modern medicine had been developed, before the germ theory of infectious disease, before the first antibiotic, before systematic testing of drugs for safety and efficacy, before surgical procedures were performed with anesthesia or sterile technique. But the use of homeopathic remedies have gone on for nearly 200 years. When you ask people about their opinions on homeopathy, people generally seem cautious to just dismiss it out of hand.
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Homeopathy as an alternative medical practice bases itself on a principle that diluting a substance in water enough will enhance its curative properties. A principle that has not stood up to scientific scrutiny any time it has been tested, it should be noted. A new analysis of more than 200 academic research papers has concluded that homeopathy is not an effective treatment for any disease or condition. Homeopathic medicine involves administering diluted treatments of harmful substances with the hope that the body will be spurred into action by the challenge.
A study was conducted by the National Health and Medical Research Council in Australia, and the value of the individual studies was appraised by an independent company to prevent bias, The Guardian reports. Their preliminary report had confirmed that homeopathy is nothing other than treatment with placebos. Predictably, this caused a storm of opposition from enthusiasts of homeopathy, and they were invited to submit their evidence to the contrary. The Australians then considered this evidence carefully and have now published their final report. It arrived at the same conclusion as the previous document. If anything, it went one step further by pointing out that “people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness”.