Recently, in the run up to the big 10:23 Campaign D-day, I’ve been publishing some of the hilarious hate mail we’ve been getting – something I really love to do. But hate mail’s not the only type we get, even from homeopaths, and I thought I’d share with you an email which I found quite intriguing and interesting, and my response. As he’s not wishing me a burning anus, death or anything like that, I’ve held back his name (it’s easy to Google if you HAVE to, but there’s really genuinely no need to). See, I can be nice.
Dear Sir ,
This is Dr A— G—- trying to communicate to you from Nasik, Maharashtra State, India. I am MD(Homoeopathy). Practicing Classical Homoeopathy for last 20 years at Nasik. I am also working as a Professor and Head Of The Department of Homoeopathic Materia Medica in Maharashtra university of Medical Sciences Nasik.
I am really surprised and shocked the way you “Intelligent” people propagate utter nonsense about this great science without really understanding a word about it, never ever bothering even to find out whether it really works or not, Even good people like James Randi who have done great work in exposing some wrong doings of people, and who really earned my personal admiration and respect after exposing the “Astrologers”,” Numerologists”, Psychics, faith healers and many more other “Magic people” He also would, unfortunately, put Homoeopathy in the same basket.
His entire argument is based upon the potentisation of Homoeopathic remedies and the dilutions created thereof. Despite all these propaganda, and in my personal independent observation I have found that Homoeopathy really works and truly cures many so called “incurable” diseases that even todays “Modern Medicine” cannot dream with such a huge stock of Gadgets,and resources available to their disposal.
All those who talk nonsense about this science , I have discovered for myself, are totally unaware of the principles that guides it and do not want to understand it either.
I believe we are not bad people , neither we fall in the category of Quacks, in fact we are doing our bit to help the suffering mankind in our own way at an unbelievably low cost of treatment. I have in my own way compiled and video graphed many such “Incurable” cases that amply demonstrate the effectiveness of Homoeopathy. Many of my Homeopathic practitioner friends have demonstrated through video graphed cases about the kind of cures that this system can achieve.
I, myself, am prepared to share my experience with anyone who seriously wants to know as to how it works. I,therefore, want to request any one who want to criticize this great science to see for his/her own self its effectiveness before one indulges in a vicious propaganda on a half hear ted knowledge of this science.
I hope you shall respond to me positively and understand Homoeopathy before you pass on any judgment on it.
Dr A—- G——
Nasik, Maharashtra India.
And my response:
Thanks for getting in touch, I’m really happy to hear from you. You sound like a very sensible, intelligent person – it’s surprisingly rare that I get contacted by a homeopath who is against things like psychics, astrology, chiropractic, acupuncture and the like. It’s alarming how many so readily accept anything which goes against the ‘scientism’ they see as their enemy, as if the enemy of their enemy is their friend. So I commend you on this.
In the case of homeopathy, having examined the issue in great deal and having spoken with many people who have dedicated their lives to the study of it (from both a practitioner and a scientist point of view), the conclusion is regrettably robust that homeopathic products have no benefits above that which could be explained through other elements of the intervention than the pills/tinctures themselves. The modern understanding of the complexity of treatment shows that spending time with a sympathetic practitioner who is willing to take time to listen, who goes into such depths and really seems to care – these are all effective elements of a placebo effect. It’s these areas that I firmly believe doctors can pick up tips from alternative medicine practitioners (at least, the honest ones). However, the homeopathic pills themselves do not add to this – when studies have been done with the remedies switched for sugar pills at the very last minute, after the rest of the consultation, the improvements are still present. When a patient is told they’re taking homeopathy, when in fact they’re not, they improve just as if they did take homeopathy. This shows the homeopathic pills are not the intervention with the effect.
To clarify my point and to agree with you in some degree – I absolutely do not think all homeopaths are quacks, or bad people. Many just want to be able to help, to heal, and to offer support – these are all wonderful sentiments. But that desire to help would be better served with interventions that do work, I feel. I would love for so many private homeopaths to go into nursing, medicine, care and other areas where their will to benefit people can be coupled with the tools to help them do so – at the moment their own practices are undermined by the blunt knife that homeopathy effectively is.
I hope this has clarified our position somewhat, and I genuinely thank you for getting in touch with what has been the kindest response I’ve received, in a sea of very aggressive emails.
All the best