Let’s face it, homeopathy is ludicrous…
The magical thinking behind the law of similars, the fact that remedies above 12C are unlikely to contain a single molecule of the ‘active’ ingredient, the banging of homeopathic products on a leather bound board to “succuss” the contents (water or alcohol, since you ask), the memory of water, the ‘remedies’ made from Berlin Wall or a bit of wood taken from a shipwreck – the whole thing is simply daft. One of the amusingly daft ideas I’ve come across is that of the paper remedy.
There are some fun forum posts on paper remedies that I thought were worth sharing with you.
The Other Health forum has a thread on paper remedies. Here is what the opening post claims:
I remembered the idea of the paper remedy, so I wrote down my constitutional remedy and the potency one higher than my regular potency, placed in under a plastic cup and left it for ten minutes. I then drank the water and within ½ hour my symptoms subsided much to my surprise.
I was amused to note that a couple of the posters in this thread identified themselves as being skeptical. One of them apparently believes in the value of muscle testing for allergies and the other, despite their skepticism of muscle testing and paper remedies, states that homeopathy “works wonderfully on animals who know nothing about placebos or paper remedies”.
Even better is this thread on hpathy.com – the OP attempts to provide an explanation for how writing the name of a homeopathic product on a bit of paper might cure you:
A word vibrates, and a word with the name of the remedies vibrates too and programms this vibration into the water. A thought is also vibration.
Cosmic. I’m not sure how a word written on a piece of paper can vibrate its healing energy into water (I wasn’t even aware that ink and/or paper had healing energy).
This goes beyond the memory of water – apparently ink is now psychic and can receive information from the absent ‘remedy’ and then transmit this information to the water through whatever material the water is contained within.
Maybe I’m wrong – maybe the ink and the absent homeopathic product both contain the same amount of healing information. Homeopaths might disagree, but I think it is plausible that the ink and the homeopathic product contain exactly the same amount of healing information – none at all.
Or perhaps there is an unconscious realisation that the only thing that differentiates one homeopathic product from another is the name given to it. After all, Kate Chatfield of the Society of Homeopaths told the Select Committee on Science and Technology it was possible to distinguish between homeopathic products “only by the label”.
The OP goes on…
Knowing all this I decided to test it myself, fully convinced it works, because I know the principles. And guess what ! It works !
Remarkable? I don’t think so. Someone fully expects something to work and they then perceive an effect. The thought that the perception may be false apparently does not cross the mind of the OP. The idea that expectation can affect perception of severity of symptoms seems to be alien to this poster. It’s almost as if they’ve never heard of the placebo effect.
One forum discussion even touches on whether orgonite can affect the efficacy of a homeopathic paper remedy. To prove that I’m not making this up, here is a link to the thread in question. Sample quote:
Homeopathic remedies come in various forms – granule, pellet or liquid form is how we usually buy them. But you can also invoke the energy of a remedy by simply writing the name of it on a piece of paper. We call that a “paper remedy.” (Not everyone is comfortable with that yet, so remedies that you can actually put in your mouth are still available). But the paper remedy is essentially the same information being conveyed. And in that case, it’s easy to see that putting orgonite or any external energy source in physical proximity to the piece of paper wouldn’t change the energy of the information contained in it.
ETA: link to Berlin Wall post (note: there’s some Quantum Bollocks in the comments there).