Waaaay offtopic

David J Patrick davidjpatrick-rieW9WUcm8FFJ04o6PK0Fg at public.gmane.org
Sun Dec 21 19:12:23 UTC 2003

>>I think the practice you are slagging is actually "homeopathy".
>>Yes, microdoses sound downright improbable, but I have to say that I 
>>have seen it used successfully countless times over the last 30 years.
>>Just because we don't understand something doesn't always mean it's bogus.
>"Countless" I am sure.
OK, so I didn't count 'em, how 'bout "many" ?

>The _real_ effect may be that patients that drink a bunch of water do
>better than those that are allowed to remain dehydrated.
>What we know is that the reasons for efficacity claimed by homeopaths
>are at odds with any notion of common sense, particularly at the high
>dilution levels.  After a "100C"-like dilution, there are only a few
>reasonable choices:
> - The water being added in contains some unidentified-by-practitioner
>   medicative agent;
> - Dehydration is the symptom being treated;
> - They are engaging in some form of "faith healing" where the
>   'medicine' is merely the substrate to strengthen the recipient's
>   faith that something is happening to them.

OR the our biology responds to extremely subtle agents beyond our 
current "scientific" understanding.

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