18 November 2010

Homeopathy - just give it up, dipsticks.

Why this post? Well, like Ian over at Irreducible Complexity, I'm starting to get a bit irritated by these comment bot thingies that post inane "hey dude, great post on ur blog. V interesting. Should be more pictures of Taiwanese frog-wrestlers" guff, and then link to some commercial product or a page displaying flexible ladies in varied topological orientations.

But today I got one for some homeopathic website. Now, one might think that the fewer of these, the better, but really. Homeopathy. Your medicine gets stronger the more you dilute it (and succuss it by hitting it off your DFS leatherette sofa). Indeed, it's so dilute, there isn't even a single molecule of the "remedy" (what a silly word) left in the solution. So no matter what the label says, it's JUST WATER.

Ah, says "Doctor" Woomeister, water has *memory*, and can remember what was originally in it.

Like arse it can.

Look, homeopathy is cretinous rubbish; I do not say that because I "scientifically" know that it *can't* work - I say it because it *doesn't* work. There is nothing in those sugar pills or water drops that has any effect on any disease process that would not similarly be effected by a regular drop of sugar or water given by the same deluded "therapist" who happened to believe (and convince the gullible sap of a patient they have with them) that it is the Real Deal. The data are in; homie loses.

OK? So if you want to pretend that homeopathy is worth more than a derisory fart, first establish that there is an effect to explain in the first place. Then we can dance; until then, don't bother to complain about these meanie scientists who poo-poo your woo, because you ain't got *nothing*.

And stop spamming the world's silly blogs with your dopey ads. It's tiresome.


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  2. Good to see you fighting the good fight, Dr McKee! How's tricks?

    I'm assuming you've read Ben Goldacre's Bad Science. I always knew the media was well dodgy when it came to science reporting (like when BBC NI got a bit bored they'd phone up QUB's genetics dept and hype up some story on how they're going to cure cancer) but that book is scary. Never trusting science reporting in main stream media ever again!

  3. Hi Iain,
    Thanks for dropping by; yes, I have Bad Science - I keep it in the loo for when I have guests... It's an excellent book; the takedown of McKeith is especially satisfying. And appropriate for the littlest room.
    We might not be that close to curing all cancers, but we are very very close to sequencing the entire genome on a routine diagnostic basis - you're going to be sorry you left :-)