1. Homeopathy is a placebo.
FALSE: Skeptics feel that there is not enough active ingredient
in a remedy to be effective and thus attribute any healing
to the placebo effect. However, clinical studies have shown
homeopathy to be statistically more effective than a placebo.
2. You must never give your homeopathic prescription to
TRUE: The principles behind homeopathy render it an individualized
medicine. Our experiences of sensation, location, etiology,
etc. of “disease” processes differs from person
to person. The choice of remedy takes each personal experience
into account and can thus differ from one person to another
for the same illness.
3. You have to believe in homeopathy for it to work
FALSE: Evidence disputing this claim is observed in the healing
effects seen in animals, plants and babies. These “beings”
are unaware of what they are taking and therefore cannot be
said to be subject to this “belief”.
4. Homeopathy is completely safe
TRUE and FALSE: Thanks to the extreme dilution used in the
preparation of remedies, homeopathy does not cause side effects.
Therefore, it is safe and very useful during pregnancy, during
breastfeeding, for babies and the elderly. However, in chronic/complex
cases, one should always consult a professional homeopath
as an untrained individual could complicate the situation.
This is also true in self-treatment when the medicine does
not seem to be working. Often the dosage is too low, or the
remedy is wrong. Therefore, it is best to consult a homeopath
who will be able to correct the prescription.
5. The British Royal Family have used and endorsed homeopathy
for three generations.
TRUE: Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, is the Royal Patron
of the British Homeopathic Association. Her daughter, Queen
Elizabeth II, is said to never travel without her personal
homeopathic first-aid kit by her side. Her son, Prince Charles
also uses the medicine. In addition to the royal family there
are many other well known people who have used homeopathy.
Three American presidents, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur
and Warren Harding, John D. Rockfeller (who lived 99 years),
Henry W. Longfellow, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne,
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, Samuel
Morse, Sir Yehudi Mehuhin, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Mother
Teresa, O. J. Simpson, Angela Lansbury, Tina Turner, just
to name a few. A number of popes have also used the medicine
successfully, including Pius X and the current pope, John