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Old 21st June 2012, 12:35 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by Lamuella View Post
which homeopaths rebrand conventional medicine? This isn't one I've heard of before.
I have. Way back when when Randi had his old weekly newsletter, he planned such a "suicide" demo, and I suggested he be careful lest some homeopeth be less than reputable and include real narcotics.

Of course nowadays Benadryl is the narcotic of choice and if you take too much it actually buzzes you back up.
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Old 21st June 2012, 12:42 PM   #42
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Originally Posted by JihadJane View Post
This must rank as one of the most bizarre and pointless demonstrations ever conceived, because no homeopath would expect a whole box of pills to have any different an effect than taking just one pill.
Really? Can you explain the logic behind this?

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It doesn't even demonstrate that. It's just one dose. You could take one dose of antibiotics rather than a full course but the lack of effects wouldn't demonstrate the inefficacy of antibiotics.
But now you've switched the medication, and the expectations. No doctor would claim that one dose of antibiotics will cure the disease.

However, If I took ONE sleeping pill, I would expect it to make me drowsy, much like I would expect ONE Tylenol to relieve the pain of a headache.
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Old 18th July 2012, 06:51 AM   #43
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When I took part in a similar demo, a couple of years ago, we followed it up with handouts explaining what actually is in homoeopathic pills.Numerous people were shocked to realise they were paying several hundred times the supermarket price for sugar. The fact there is no active ingredient in the "pillules" is what the demo illustrates. What's left is cheap filler, at a ludicrous price. Jane, this is fraud, targetting people who are often too afraid, or too poor to seek real medical advice. I'd expect you to be in favour of debunking it.
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Old 16th November 2012, 10:33 AM   #44
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I'm in no way in favour of homeopathy but people are paying for the sugar to have gone through a particular ritual, and it isn't surprising that people pay otherwise absurd prices for it. I'm not sure I'd call it fraud to sell 'holy water' at a high price for example, and certainly not for someone to pay extra for a hypothetical product that was identical to some other product but was made in an ethically preferable way for example.
Homeopaths are misleading intentionally or not about the efficacy of their product but they're typically honest about its means of production, are they not?
And if people choose to pay more for that production method they should be free to do so, even if I personally consider them nuts for it.
Edit to clarify further: I think the key problem is lack of efficacy not lack of active ingredient.
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Old 16th November 2012, 10:50 AM   #45
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As with anything else, the final question is, "Does it work?"

Repeated, and I mean repeated, testing shows it doesn't. At what point does it turn into active, knowing fraud?

At what point does it turn into willful ignorance and thus malpractice?
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Old 16th November 2012, 12:01 PM   #46
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I don't get the people who think that Randi's stunt just proves that he doesn't understand homeopathy. They seem to be saying that because homeopathy works on dilutions, that taking a whole bottle of sleeping pills would have the effect of a stimulant. Where this breaks down, of course, is that by the same logic, taking none at all is the same as a deadly overdose.
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Old 8th January 2013, 01:39 PM   #47
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Originally Posted by Pup View Post
A more subtle stunt, which fewer people would get but which would more accurate mock homoepathic theory, would be to properly dilute a dose far beyond the recommended number of times, and then take that without effect.
Someone did that on YT with bleach!

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Someone did that on YT with bleach!

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Old 9th January 2013, 06:51 AM   #49
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lol nice, but urine probably isnt as toxic as bleach (indeed some crazy people drink urine regularly because they're crazy) so I like that better for real shock factor
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