To accuse homeopathy to be a “faith-based medicine” and then attack it from that angle- it is a common game plan of skeptics.
Who said it is “faith-based medicine”? Whose faith? Physician’s or patient’s? Faith will not cure in homeopathy, if the physician prescribed a wrong drug that is not strictly indicated in a particular patient. If it were ‘faith’ that is the healing factor, any one homeopathic drug could have cured every patients having ‘faith’.
What about ‘newborns’ and infants? Do you think ‘faith’ or ‘placebo’ will work on them? To say so is utterly ridiculous. Had you seen an infant persistently crying for days together in spite of using every allopathic drugs, getting calmed down within minutes by a dose of chamomilla 30 single dose, you would never say homeopathy is ‘faith-based’ medicine or placebo.
What about livestock getting cured by homeopathic drugs? Is also ‘faith’ that cures them? I have been working as a veterinary professional for years, in government-owned cattle farms, piggeries and poultry farms. I have seen thousands of cases of pigs cured of violent diarrhea with ars alb 30, devastating coccidiosis in poultry cured by merc cor 30, even gangrenous mastitis cured by phytolacca 30 and conium 30, which I am sure, no sane persons can say are ‘faith-cures’.
Skeptics always approach homeopathy with prejudiced mind. They always ““start from the premise that homeopathy cannot work”. Reason? They fear “if those THEORIES about homeopathy is correct, much of physics, chemistry, and pharmacology must be incorrect”!
I would have strongly supported their argument if they put this issue in a different way. They should not have argued ‘homeopathy cannot work’ only because theories about homeopathy do not agree with modern scientific knowledge. I also agree, all existing THEORIES about homeopathy are utter nonsense! ‘Theories’ about homeopathy being wrong does not mean homeopathy as such is wrong.
But remember, it is not ‘theories’ that work- theories only explain objective phenomena rightly or wrongly. Even if the ‘theories’ are wrong, an OBJECTIVE phenomenon will work, if it is real. Theories are SUBJECTIVE, phenomena are OBJECTIVE. Gravitation will work, whatever be the ‘theories’ about it!
If theories going round about homeopathy are found not to agree with ‘physics, chemistry, and pharmacology’, those wrong theories could be modified or even discarded, and new ones evolved. It is not right to “start from the premise that homeopathy cannot work” only because its theories are wrong, but should see with open eyes whether it OBJECTIVELY works or not.
If it works, we can inquire ‘how it works’, and make scientifically viable theories to explain it. That is genuine ‘scientific method’.
Our learned skeptic friends should know, there are many unexplained and wrongly explained phenomena still existing around us. If they are objective TRUTH, they will be gradually proved and rightly explained in due course.
Many things which are proven and obvious today were unexplained ‘riddles’ in yesterdays. We now know many things that our forefathers had no any idea about. Our grand children will know many things we do not know now. That is the way human knowledge advances.
If you are not willing and capable of exploring beyond what you already know, and still you think you know everything, you may be a ‘skeptic’, but not ‘scientific in your approach.
‘Theories’ evolved from somebody’s pathological ignorance regarding homeopathy and science cannot be considered an evidence against homeopathy.
You are bound to fail, if you think you can convince the skeptics regarding the efficacy of potentized homeopathic drugs by conducting conventional types of ‘clinical trials’ as they demand for.
You can never expect ‘individual-based’ homeopathic drugs to be proved using the protocols of testing drugs in ‘disease-based’ modern medicine. Asking to ‘prove’ homeopathic drugs using protocols of allopathic drug trials is like trying to measure ‘length’ using units of ‘mass’.
Allopathic methods of ‘drug trials’ are applicable to ‘molecular forms’ of drugs only. But potentized homeopathic drugs, different from allopathic drugs, contain only ‘molecular imprints’, which can act only up on pathogenic molecules having specific conformational affinity. That means, potentized drugs can act only if indicated by similarity of symptoms.
You cannot ignore this peculiarity of homeopathy in matters of active principles as well as mechanism of drug actions while designing ‘drug trials’ for homeopathy.
In homeopathy, you cannot ‘verify’ action of a particular drug on a particular disease- you have to ‘verify’ action of ‘indicated drugs’ up on indicated individual patients, since different people with same disease may need different drugs.
As far as skeptics hesitate to accept this peculiarity of potentized homeopathic drugs and agree to design the ‘trials’ accordingly, there is no meaning in trying to convince them ‘homeopathy’ works’.