A homeopathic parody

A friend sent me a YouTube link to a hilarious comic sketch that parodies homeopathy: Homeopathic A&E.

It’s by a pair of British comics, David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A&E stands for Accident and Emergency, the British equivalent of ER.

To understand why it’s so funny, you need to know that homeopathy’s alternative-reality medicine is based on a belief that “like cures like,” with remedies prepared into extremely diluted solutions.

I love the pub scene at the end!

There are plenty of scientists and physicians who have spoken out against homeopathy and provided scientific evidence why it just doesn’t work.

So why people continue to pay large amounts of money for these remedies (easily available online and you don’t need a prescription), I don’t know. The power of the placebo effect, perhaps, or “more money than sense,” as they say in the video.

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In a post I wrote last year about homeopathy, I quoted a physician:

In a nutshell, [homeopathy’s] the belief that substances that cause symptoms in healthy individuals can, when given in eensy, weensy doses, alleviate those same symptoms in sick people. This supposedly creates a reaction within the body that allows it to cure itself. Homeopathic preparations are solutions derived from natural substances, diluted several times by a ratio of 1 to 100. At each dilution, the solution is “succussed” which means shaking the bejeezus out of it. This vigorous shaking purportedly imparts memory to the water in which the substance is shaken.

Of course, this is all complete claptrap, as any attentive high school chemistry student could tell you. Diluting a substance by a factor of 100 over and over and over again means that in the end you’re left with a vial of water in which nary a molecule of the original substance remains. Claiming that the hydrogen bonds in water somehow retain memory of homeopathic substances, and that the weaker the concentration the stronger the medication, is just a fascinatingly medical-sounding way of saying “magic.” From a scientific perspective, homeopathy is pure, unalloyed shitcrockery.

Homeopathy, an 18-century pseudoscience, should not be considered effective, evidence-based medicine.

But it is good for a laugh.

Sláinte,

Frugal Nurse

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