Homeopathy: More Than Faith In Homeopathic Practice
Belief is All in Your Perspective
Homeopathy is NOT Placebo or Faith Alone
Bias in the News
Simon Singh wrote an article that shows his bias towards alternative healing. Many others continue to write negative articles and blogs making fun of CAM and specifically homeopathy. Most of these people call themselves a skeptic or raise themselves to the status of a scientist. Their only purpose is to give homeopathy a bad name. We also know that media can put a spin on any article. One person viewing a video presentation may find it validating one side or opinion or another depending upon their point of view.
When detractors use the term 'bias' it is a pegorative against an objective judgment. Assumptions and conclusions are made that may not be a consensus. For instance, when declaring how the health of a pet is assessed by the pet owner. People's own prejudices can muddle clear thinking and point to an obvious distain for natural healing methods.
These people wear the badge of "skeptic", defined as someone who habitually doubts accepted beliefs, with pride. That seems to say it all. I believe we have run up against a wall. There is no opening to hear the opinion of others in order to get a broader view on issues.
Perhaps we should inquire whether all scientists are skeptics, but that is for another story.
Every person has been influenced by his upbringing, his education, his family life, his political views and everything that makes him who he is today. Each and every person has a unique perspective on the world. That is what makes us beautiful. The sad part of this story is that he would like to eliminate all options for all these beautiful people who want to treat their pets in a natural way. He thinks its his way or the highway. He wants to determine what others should do based solely upon his belief system, without regard for another's belief system.
And if you think that science is foolproof, without bias, without having a theoretical starting point, then you are a fool. He belongs to a group of people who call themselves 'scientists' which means providing proof. The question is what is proof and who are you proving it to?
I personally do not feel we should prevent people from seeking out healing modalities for themselves or their animals, just because one or another person gives it a derogatory label.
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Freedom of Choice
I beg to differ with those whose theories put alternative medicines on trial. They make claims and demonstrate their personal opinions that show total irreverence to the healers of the world.
Who wouldn't prefer to get well from the power of a placebo instead of taking a drug filled with harmful side-effects. Read the label! Drugs are not only costly, they usually require many more drugs to follow all the side-effects that suppress symptoms and lower the immune system.
- After all, the placebo effect only works because the patient believes that a pill is supposed to be effective, and presumably Tiddles has no such belief system. So what is going on?
Homeopathics are usually given in the pet's water dish, thus there is no association with pills. And the pet may not even know there is a remedy dissolved in the water. What about the placebo effect for all allopathic medications that are given? Is Tiddles conditioned to feel good when they get their special treat?
- First, if Tiddles has been conditioned to associate taking pills with improved health then it is conceivable that there is a placebo effect.
Total Hypothesis and without proof. And you call homeopaths unscientific?
- Second, and more likely, it is possible that the owner selectively sees signs of recovery and falsely attributes them to the homeopathic pill, when they might have been due to natural healing processes or a conventional treatment that was happening in parallel.
The owner is no more biased than the veterinarian. The owner would be the BEST person to assess the health of their own pet from day-to-day living s/he knows the pet's personality and typical behavior. The owner would certainly go back to the physician or homeopath if their pet had not improved. The owner is more likely to observe and record differences in mobility, hunger, thirst, pain, comfort, and energy level based on the pets normal activity and behavior.
What exactly is the mystery they are trying to get at? Can they not see that pet owners love their animals and have found an effective, gentle, time-tested method for alleviating symptoms in homeopathy based upon human observation? I call that true science. Is it because the vets are 'hard-working' that they desire special recognition? Clinical trials do not always have a positive outcome. Let us not make assumptions.
No one is holding a gun to anyone's head or in ANY WAY preventing the use of conventional medicine. Everyone is FREE to attend the physician of choice. HOWEVER, the stance the author is taking in trying to demean and remove the ability of alternative health care professionals to practice their art and craft DOES LIMIT the freedom of the public to decide the care of CHOICE for their pet. Not everyone agrees with Singh's position that alternative medicines are based upon myth, faith and dare-say fraud.
- We have all sworn to uphold the welfare of animals in our care, yet we continue to allow practices which prevent the application of conventional treatments, which are proven to work, in favour of remedies which are based on myth, faith and possibly deliberate fraud."
It is a totally false claim that anyone can call themself a homeopath. There are institutions which educate professionals in this field.
- Only fully trained vets are allowed to use homeopathic remedies to treat pets, but anybody can call themselves a homeopath and start treating peopl
What? You don't believe you have a soul? My goodness, I can't make any test that proves it is there. Yet, without that soul, surely there is no life. Who do you think you are that you can scientifically observe through some sort of mechanical man-made instrument the life force or the universal truth to the workings of humankind or animals?
What haughty being believes he is greater than G-d? There are things we have still to learn and understand about our universe. Having a "lack of ingredients" only means you have not explored deep enough to find that energetic substance that fine-tunes the physical self.
Just because you can't define something, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. And I do believe that faith does exist. Faith that prayer, love, kindness can heal; and even little pellets of energetic medicine have the power to heal when administered based upon the principle of the similimum.
Debby Bruck, Homeopathy World Community http://homeopathyworldcommunity.com
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