Today’s popular press often extols the supposed virtues of more “natural” ways of living, and approaching illness. There are a wide variety of theories and modalities, that together make up the broad category known as “complementary and alternative medicine (and veterinary medicine).” These approaches to health and disease are not monolithic and therefore their merits or lack thereof cannot be discussed as a category. Each must be examined alone.
Logic tells us that there can only be one medicine: that which works, and everything else, with the everything else being “not medicine.” Values, beliefs, hopes and biases infuse the way people feel about their bodies, their health and the way medical care is provided to them, however. Those psychological attributes of people, sometimes go against what is known about medical science and common sense.
Homeopathy is one such case. If it is true, then what we know about chemistry cannot be. If it is false, which I believe it is, it is at best a benign placebo, but as you shall read in the embedded link, it is at worst a harmful form of charlatanism, perpetrated on people (and animals owned by like minded people) who are at their most vulnerable and at risk. That is an immoral circumstance.
The fact that all is not known in medical science, and that some disease cannot be cured, much less palliated, does not justify selling fraud infused with false hope. Real palliation involves treating for the treatable, providing pain relief using real analgesic drugs when necessary, and the giving of psychological comfort by listening to the patient where possible. It is time to finally pound a wooden stake through this travesty of lies that is the vampire known as homeopathy.
See this pictorial blog to understand why. You’ll be glad you did:
(originally posted at PetDocsOnCall.com, July, 2010)
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