“…for the purposes of popular discourse, it is not necessary for homeopaths to prove their case. It is merely necessary for them to create walls of obfuscation, and superficially plausible technical documents that support their case, in order to keep the dream alive in the imaginations of both the media and their defenders.”–Ben Goldacre
If homeopathy works, then obviously the less you use it, the stronger it gets. So the best way to apply homeopathy is to not use it at all. –Phil Plait
I have been having pain in my right breast for a few years now. I have also found a small and sometimes quite painful lump in there as well. So like you are supposed to do I went to my gynecologist and had it checked. She said it could just be a swollen lymph node and there is probably nothing to worry about. She gave me a progesterone gel to apply and then gave me a prescription for a homeopathic remedy. I looked at it and thought it was bullshit. I decided not to take it and just use the gel instead. Long story short the gel helped but the lump remained and the pain continued. Fast forward a few months later I had another appointment today.
First question out of her mouth was did you take the homeopathic pills? I said umm no. It isn’t real medicine. Here she proceeded to tell me off for not ‘believing‘ in such quackery! I sat there, smiled and once again said they are just shaken water in sugar pills! She went on and on saying how could I think she would give me sugar pills like a placebo..blah blah blah. We made a compromise. I told her fine, give me the ‘prescription‘ and I will take those damn pills. If nothing happens in a month she will send me for a mammogram. In any case, I think I need a new doctor ASAP. And I am also pretty damn sure NOTHING will change for my breast pain and the lump in there. There are many reasons for the pain of course. Swollen lymph node coupled with the weight loss, change in bras, using new sports bras, working out etc. But there is a lump in there and it hurts dammit! And I also need to know that there isn’t anything more sinister going on in there and I am just wasting time here drinking diluted water pills.
I am all for people who chose homeopathy for their ills and ailments. If that is what they think it’s working..by all means! Knock yourself out with the shaken water pills and potions. I suppose it can’t really do much bad or good to you anyway. But if you have an M.D. behind your name don’t try to sell me bullshit in a pill form. Here in Munich it is BIG business for doctors to sell these types of remedies or therapies. I am not surprised that every where you go here someone is trying to push that on you. There have been so many reports done about this practice here in the last few years. One even mentioned doctors were opening homeopathic practices simply because it made them more money than regular, scientifically proven, conventional medicine!
I am also all for HERBAL remedies. I grew up on them and they were good and natural. And they contain actual ingredients. Homeopathy isn’t natural, herbal medicine. It is nothing but water dripped onto a sugar pill. I can’t believe I just paid 22 euros for a packet of sugar pills. Should of gotten a bag of jelly beans instead.