Science and Homeopathy
Modern homeopaths often claim
that homeopathy can be used effectively with scientific medicine. Dr.
Desmichelle, M.D., honorary president of the Centre Homeopathique de
France, answered the question, "Are allopathy and homeopathy
irreconcilable?" by maintaining that "they are two complementary
medicines that can be alternatively used" and that if allopathic
physicians were better informed, "allopathy and homeopathy would each
have their own place" in modern medicine.1
Wyrth Baker, M.D., claims
that homeopathy "is compatible with most areas of medicine (including
obstetrics and surgery), immunotherapy, nutritional therapy (including
vitamin supplementation), endocrine therapy (including hormones),
psychotherapy, physical therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, and
Homeopathy and medicine can
indeed be combined by the scientifically oriented homeopath, but this is
not the issue. Oil and water can also be combined, but to what end?
Astrology and medicine can also be combined; this does not prove
astrology is true or that it assists medicine. The real issue is whether
homeopathy contributes anything legitimate to medical practice.
Homeopathic Premises and
What is ironic about the
attempted synergism is that in the entire history of medicine, perhaps
no other alternate therapy has ever been more distinct from or opposed
to scientific medicine than homeopathy. In fact, the acceptance of
medical science is directly related to the decline of homeopathy and
vice versa. Consider the following ten comparisons and contrasts
between homeopathy (classical and/or modern) and modern medicine:
Homeopathic Premise 1:
Disease results from an energy imbalance or dysfunction at the deepest
non-physical level of the human organism. Physical conditions themselves
(cancer, heart disease, AIDS, etc.) are not the disease; they are
only the symptoms or manifestation of the deeper energy imbalance,
which is the real problem, the real disease. To heal effectively,
medicine must operate on the principle of vital force, or energy, not
Disease is primarily physical; medicine must operate on the principle of
physical science, not energy. To accept this homeopathic premise that
disease is energy based and not physical would destroy modern medicine.
Homeopathic Premise 2:
An effective medicine is that which produces a sick person�s symptoms in
a healthy person, the principle of "like cures like."
Scientific Response: An
effective medicine is that which has been clinically proven to cure
physical disease. In rare cases there is a resemblance between the
effects of a remedy and the symptoms of diseases in which it is
beneficial, but this is true of only a very small number of useful
medicines. The vast majority of medicines operate in a manner contrary
to homeopathic principles.
Homeopathic Premise 3:
Homeopathic substances release their vital force, power, or cosmic
energy and become increasingly powerful as they are diluted and shaken.
They are most powerful when the original substance (the medicine) has
completely disappeared. As noted previously, Hahnemann remarked, "Modern
wiseacres have even sneered at the thirtieth potency� [but] we obtain,
even in the fiftieth potency, medicines of the most penetrating
How powerful are homeopathic
medicines that do not have even a single molecule of the remedy in them?
Incredibly, Hahnemann referred to the "infallibility" of homeopathy
"laid before the eyes of the world through facts� [e.g.,] typhous
contagious epidemics must now allow themselves to be speedily turned
into health by a few small doses of rightly-selected homeopathic
Unfortunately, typhous and other contagious epidemics are still with us.
All diseases that have been eradicated were not defeated by homeopathy,
but by scientific medicine. Hahnemann�s prediction failed to materialize
because homeopathic substances are not medicines and they have no curing
powers. Outside of homeopathic circles, no evidence exists that
substances become more powerful by dilution and shaking. The sciences of
chemistry and pharmacology teach the exact opposite�that the more
diluted a substance, the weaker it becomes. This is why homeopathic
medicines cannot be effective at any level of potency, low or high;
homeopathic solutions are so diluted it is impossible they could have
any physical impact. At potencies above 24D (12CH), homeopathic
treatment is no different from drinking a glass of water and
considerably more expensive. Homeopathy remains imprisoned by Avogadro.
Thus, homeopaths ask us to
believe in magic: that the equivalent mixture of one drop of water in a
million billion trillion oceans the size of our solar system has great
medicinal powers: "It is like taking a grain of a substance and
dissolving it in billions of spheres of water, each with the diameter of
the solar system"5 and then claiming that the resulting
mixture is powerful medicine. That is nonsense, not medicine.
Homeopathic Premise 4:
Because illness has both mental and physical symptoms, treating disease
requires an evaluation of emotional and mental conditions as well.
Physical illness per se does not result in the kinds of
mental symptoms homeopathy assigns to them. Using mental and
emotional factors in the evaluation of physical disease may be
relevant but it is not always relevant. Physical disease is primarily a
physical problem. Even in those areas where the mental and physical
realms may be considered related, emotional factors are not accorded the
interpretation nor the importance homeopathy assigns to them.
Homeopathic Premise 5:
Once administered, the homeopathic treatment will remove the entire
disease, from its root cause�the vital force dysfunction in the
"spiritual" body�to the physical symptoms in the outer or material body.
Merely treating outer symptoms�physical disease�is futile and dangerous.
This will only drive the disease deeper and cause additional, more
severe mental and physical symptoms.
Where is the evidence that homeopathic medicine will cure the entire
disease from its "root" cause to its outer symptoms? Homeopaths who
claim to be practicing scientific medicine and yet operate on the
premises of vitalistic or occultic principles are engaging in deception.
Further, the entire history of modern medicine proves that its treatment
of disease and illness is effective and beneficial. No evidence anywhere
suggests its methods cause the harmful consequences homeopathy claims
Homeopathic Premise 6:
Diagnosis and treatment must be totally individualized. The homeopath
does not seek to ascertain the symptoms a patient has in common with
other men, as a means to diagnosis�e.g., headache, fever, and stuffy
nose usually indicate a cold. Rather, he seeks those symptoms that are
unique and which the patient does not have in common with other men.
Hence, the need for extremely detailed questioning of the patient�s
personal history, emotional state, habits, etc.
Homeopathic diagnosis and treatment is wasteful and ineffective to the
extent that it fails to utilize diagnosis based on common symptoms
revealing common illness or disease capable of common treatment.
Homeopathic Premise 7:
The treatment methods of modern medical pharmacology, such as
prescription drugs, should be opposed because homeopathic remedies are
rendered ineffective when such drugs are used. If a person wants to be
treated homeopathically, he should avoid the services of a physician, at
least during his period of homeopathic treatment. Thus, homeopathy is
"most effective in treating infants, children, and individuals who have
received little or no physiological (allopathic) medication."6
Homeopathic medicines were ineffective in the first place. Perhaps the
reason homeopathy is more effective with people who have had no
medication (if that is true) is that these people are more healthy to
begin with. Furthermore, the vastly superior effectiveness of modern
drugs and treatments put homeopathy out of business in the early
twentieth century. In fact, modern drugs and medicine became so
effective that not a single homeopathic hospital, school, or pharmacy
remained, and of fourteen thousand practitioners, only a few hundred
survived. Finally the homeopath thinks his medicines are effective
because over a long period of symptom classification and treatment he
sees his patient improve. But the patient would have improved anyway.
And if homeopathy has never established the effectiveness of its
treatments, how can anyone know it was modern drugs that supposedly made
Homeopathic Premise 8:
What is important is that homeopathy works. How or why it works is
Establishing how and why something works is crucial; it is the essence
of modern scientific medicine. This is the only possible means to
determine if a treatment is truly effective. To willfully remain in the
dark about whether or not a treatment works on the basis of its stated
principles and is truly effective is irrational and dangerous.
Homeopathic Premise 9:
Homeopathy itself is the absolute authority; it is a "perfect science"
with almost infinite power to cure almost anything.7
Scientific testing has proven that homeopathic principles and methods
are false and ineffective; if and when homeopathy works, it is working
on other principles besides those it holds true. The burden of proof
rests with the homeopathic community to prove its claims. Merely
asserting that homeopathic medicine somehow magically influences the
immune system and that it will be scientifically proven to do so in the
future is an inappropriate response to critics. Anyone could claim that
anything magically influences the immune system and will be proven in
the future, like, for example, watching butterflies. That is hardly a
reason to believe those who make such claims.
Homeopathic Premise 10:
Only homeopathy is true medicine, because it alone treats the true inner
cause of illness. Modern scientific medicine is ineffective. At best, it
only has the power to treat symptoms, not root causes. At worst, modern
scientific medicine is an unmitigated evil employed by deceived
malpractitioners who are portrayers of death and destruction.8
Modern scientific medicine has demonstrated its benefits; homeopathy
remains unproven; therefore, the real danger lies in homeopathic
These above ten comparisons
between homeopathy and modern medicine reveal that the two methods are
fundamentally incompatible. Doctors who mix the two practices are
certainly free to do so; nevertheless, one can only wonder at the