Monday, May 09, 2005

Homeopathy: the real alternative?

Homeopathy: the real alternative?
(The Guardian)
But this seems typical of the alternative enthusiasts. Health food shops stock hundreds of natural remedies. How do their non-medically trained owners know which ones work? Perhaps they have bought into the myth that medicine is “what works for you” and as long as it’s natural, it can’t do you any harm. But the list of natural things that can do you harm is endless: toadstools, E. coli, sunlight, tornadoes, sharks. The only thing that can guarantee no side effects is something that has no effects. That’s why homeopathy is “safe”. You’re basically drinking water.

And even then, you could die of water intoxication or some such.

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