By Alex Berezow — April 10, 2017
A lot of alternative medicine sounds reasonable enough.
It is easy to see why so many people believe in traditional herbal remedies, for instance. Because they have been used for hundreds or thousands of years, people assume the traditions must be rooted in some sort of truth. Besides, scientists have isolated a lot of therapeutically useful compounds from nature, like caffeine and quinine, so it's not far-fetched to believe that all herbs have some sort of medicinal use (even if most don't).
Homeopathy, on the other hand, is just plain nuts. It completely defies logic how anyone with a halfway functional brain could buy into this. This type of alternative medicine is predicated upon three completely insane ideas.
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My Take - Well, this set off a fire storm, see the comments section. And I'm glad. This issue is of particular interest to me because I'm an exterminator. Why? We now can detect amounts of anything in just about everything with modern detection techniques. The green movement makes health claims about insanely small detectable amounts of pesticide, or pesticide metabolites, in our food or blood causes every malady they can fit in a paragraph, and end up saying that's only a partial list. This is consistently done with promoters of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome.
But I keep coming back to what's been basic chemistry forever - or at least until the Delaney Clause was added in 1962 to the 1938 Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which was - the dose makes the poison. Delaney claimed anything testing carciniogic at any level was carcinogenic at ever level. Which is blantant nonsense. Try eating a Thanksgiving dinner - or any meal at all - and avoid eating anything testing carcinogenic.....and usually at higher levels than synthetic compounds. That's a formula for starvation.
That brings me to threshold values. At some point the molecular load of any substance will be so low the cells simply won't respond to it. If that's true - and it is - then I think we need to be careful promoting any "health care" claim in violation of that basic scientific principle.