I have discovered some disturbing things about homeopaths in the last few weeks. It’s partly from the comments in “Blogging the Organon”, but I’ve done some research of homeopathic websites & forums to try to void my conclusions. Sadly, no joy.
- No homeopath has ever misdiagnosed a patient. Homeopathic prescribing is done by matching the symptoms of the patient with the indications of the remedy – it may not be possible to achieve a perfect match in a single consultation. This is often the patient’s fault – he or she misreports the symptoms, or leaves out an important one.
- No homeopath has ever caused unwanted side effects, or hurt or damaged a patient. The theory of homeopathy says that once a perfect match is achieved, there will be benefit to the patient. A mismatch is of no consequence at all; the patient will neither benefit nor suffer as a result.
- No homeopath has ever prescribed the wrong remedy. See above; it’s all just part of the process.
- Some diseases are more serious than others. This is because there is a hierarchy of disease – physical, emotional, then spiritual. Spiritual or “deep” diseases are the most serious. Their is a chance that your homeopath may choose to ignore your illness if he doesn’t think it is serious.
- Diseases are caused by a weakness of the vital force. Bacteria, viruses, carcinogens etc are irrelevant. Even stepping on a rusty nail is caused by a weakness of the vital force. So there’s no point in hygiene, or health & safety precautions, since whatever you do, you are predisposed.
Following on from this –
First of all, there’s always plenty of time. A homeopath is content to see a patient many times, and to prescribe a succession of different remedies until he hits the magic button (or until the patient gets better spontaneously or gives up with homeopathy, but we don’t talk about these possibilities).
Secondly, conventional disease labels don’t exist. After all, to a homeopath, a case of meningitis or measles is just a meld of individual symptoms, which will be resolved once he gets the remedy right. No problem.
It worries me greatly that homeopaths seem to live in a world where they are not responsible for the consequences of their actions. The only reason that this can continue is, of course, because homeopathic remedies don’t actually have any effect. If they did, then homeopaths would be up sh*t creek.
I can’t even find a single documented case of a homeopath being disciplined by his own profession.
Compare this with conventional medicine. A doctor can misdiagnose and misprescribe. A big enough error will result in damage to a patient, so they have to be careful. Although it is rare for doctors to be disciplined, it does happen. It doesn’t mean that doctors are bad – but it means that they live in the real world, that they are responsible for their actions, and that they are held to account.