This page on homeopathy shows the results of a poll into homeopathic “education”. The poll gave a list of options as follows:
As a homeopath your education is: self taught; distance learning; 1 year regular; 2 year regular; 3 year regular; 4 year regular; 5+ year regular; not a homeopath.
The results make for interesting reading. Of the eight options, the most common response (at 27.5%) was “self-taught”. The second most common was 5+ years training (at 20.1%). Distance learning accounted for the education of 12.9% of the respondents. 9.7% responded by stating that they were “not a homeopath” and training for 1-4 years (“regular”) accounted for the remaining 29.7%. I’m not sure how many of the respondents are practising homeopaths, but I did wonder if any of the self-taught homeopaths were practising. I’m not sure I would put too much faith in the quality of distance-learning courses either. I mean, all sorts of people can obtain these distance-learning and correspondence-course qualifications can’t they? I haven’t covered the various types of homeopathic training in this post. There are, though (of course) BSc degrees in homeopathy. To find out more about a BSc in homeopathy, click here.
Can you imagine a doctor being allowed to practise if he or she were “self-taught” or had studied medicine via “distance learning”? Frightening. Yet, this is not an issue that seems to be raised often when discussing homeopathy. Perhaps it is because homeopathy is unquestionably safe. Yes, that must be it. You don’t need to worry about harm from homeopathy, because there are no side-effects. Well, another homeopathy poll on the hpathy site found that 50% of respondents believed homeopathic remedies had no side effects. 5.1% apparently believed that remedies did have side-effects and 44.9% believed that homeopathic remedies have side-effects “occasionally”.
Some disagreement there, but a nice 50/50 split between those homeopaths who believe that there are no side-effects and those that believe that (at least sometimes) the remedies can have side-effects. That homeopaths cannot agree on whether their remedies produce side-effects is perhaps unsurprising in light of the differences in training (not to mention the fact that their profession is based on a ~200 -year-old-book that is more religious tome than textbook).