The Huffington Post Hates Science
That’s the only possible explanation for this piece of shit column about homeopathy getting so much space. Homeopathy is pseudoscience that claims to provide medical interventions for whatever ails you. A homeopath finds an herb that causes whatever symptoms the patient is suffering from, puts some in water, then dilutes the shit out of it. The end result is water with nothing in it. It is administered to the patient, and that’s that.
That’s what these fucking people believe. Never mind that it’s prescientific, no plausible mechanism explains how it could possibly work, and no study shows its efficacy. What really gets me is this: if a water molecule can retain memory of whatever the homeopath has put in it, why doesn’t it retain memory of everything that’s ever happened to it? Any given molecule of water may have been in a dinosaur’s tear drop, a wombat’s semen, or a 19th century Parisian sewer. Or all three. There is nothing reasonable or plausible about homeopathy, but why let the facts get in the way?
Take a look at the first paragraph of Ullman’s torrent of bullshit:
It is commonly assumed that homeopathic medicines are composed of extremely small doses of medicinal substances. And yet, does anyone refer to an atomic bomb as an extremely small dose of a bomb? In actual fact, there is a power, a very real power, in having atoms smash against each other.
What? First of all, atomic bombs are enormous devices. Secondly, I think he is saying that relatively small amounts of fissile material provide explosions comparable to those from far greater amounts of chemically explosive compounds like TNT. That’s true, but irrelevant. Nuclear fission is a well-understood phenomenon. Precisely measured quantities of specific isotopes of particular elements like uranium and plutonium must be present under exacting conditions in order to initiate a nuclear chain reaction. It took the world’s greatest physicists and engineers years of painstaking research to harness this power.
Meanwhile, homeopaths shake water.
Update: I have heard doctors and other skeptics belittle homeopathy for a long time, but I always kind of thought that they were portraying it in the worst possible light. It turns out that there is no good light in which to portray homeopathy. These people actually believe that medicines become more effective the more they are diluted with distilled water. The water, if shaken vigorously prior to dilution, retains memory of the chemicals it once contained in solution.
I propose a simple test of this principle.
1. Begin with a glass container, red food coloring, twice-distilled water, and a dropper.
2. Place one drop of red food coloring in 99 drops of water.
3. Shake vigorously.
One well-shaken part in 100 is what homeopaths refer to as 1C. The founder of homeopathy suggested 30C as an appropriate level of dilution for most homeopathic remedies.
4. Take one drop of the 1C solution. Place it in 99 drops of water. Shake vigorously.
Congratulations, we now have a water/food coloring solution at 2C!
5. Take one drop of the 2C solution. Place it in 99 drops of water. Shake vigorously.
6. Take one drop of the 3C solution. Place it in 99 drops of water. Shake vigorously.
7. Continue thusly until you have reaced a dilution of 30C. If homeopathy is correct, you should have a solution so red that it blows your fucking mind. If, perchance, you have a clear solution with no discernable trace of red in it, question the basis of homeopathic claims.
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