Is homeopathy really a delusion?
Homeopathy: the fraud that nobody dares to complain about
Homeopathic magic remedies can be sold as medicine, but lactose globules are not bound by the strict licensing requirements for medicinal products. This is how the EU Medicines Directive from 2001 can be summed up. Homeopathics are therefore considered medicine because the manufacturers claim it and not because they can prove an effect. In an open letter to the members of the European Parliament, the "Homeopathy Initiative" is putting pressure on the European level to overturn this seemingly absurd medicinal privilege for homeopathics. The background: Countries like England, France and Spain are tightening the tone against homeopathy in national solo efforts. In other words: At the EU level, pharmaceutical companies are still allowed to sell ineffective products as a fraud that more and more governments are trying to see through and try to contain.
The initiative against the special status of pseudomedicine is honorable and necessary. Why patients, customers or injured parties have never complained against fraud with empty sugar balls is not entirely clear to the blogger. What else is the sale of sugar as medicine supposed to be, besides fraud?
The fraud with globules is demonstrable - their effect is not
Homeopathic "high potencies" - which are touted as particularly effective - do not contain a single molecule of the active ingredient listed on the label. A homeopathic remedy for high blood pressure is no different from a homeopathic remedy for low blood pressure. What "highly potentized" globules are made of: Sugar and one or the other dust molecule that cannot be avoided during production. The fact that the alleged active ingredient is missing can easily be proven analytically. That would also work in court. Homeopathy marketers argue that the globules contain ominous "information" about the active ingredient that is no longer available. Evidence of this may not have been possible for more than 200 years.
Shameless: The Phytoschmäh leads customers on the wrong track
Who doesn't know that: You go to the pharmacy with a little ailment, but don't want a "hammer" like Voltaren or the like. One demands something like "gentle" or "natural". If the master or woman pushes a plant ointment, tea or other essences from God's garden over the counter, everything is OK. However, if he offers a highly potentized globule with a reference to - for example: the active ingredient arnica - and without any indication that there is nothing of the medicinal herb in the remedy, this is a gross deception of the customer. A deception that is obviously consciously accepted. On the websites of almost all homeopathic companies and homeopathic associations, you can find beautiful pictures of lush green leaves with droplets of dew rolling on them. From the manufacturer to the sales counter in the pharmacy, this chimera is played with and the wrong impression is created: Homeopathy is naturopathy. It is not, and if a pharmacy sells it as such, it should face legal action.
Customers' lust for phantasm is not an excuse
The customer's desire for a phantasm is no justification for the fraud. Homeopathy is popular, it is in demand and therefore it is offered by doctors. One reason for the acceptance of the drug fraud is - apart from the phyto-mowing - the pleasure in the irrational, which obviously exists in all societies. Homeopathic science acts like a car owner who, on the advice of a magical mechanic, empties Frucade into the tank instead of gasoline. The homeopathic doctor acts like the magical car mechanic who advises the use of Frucade as fuel and instructs the car owner to leave the car in the garage for a while after the Frucade has been administered. The Frucade comes from the homeopathy manufacturers who swear stone and leg that Frucade is a gentler and alternative fuel for the car. All three then stand in front of the car parked in the garage and say: "Frucade is really a good alternative to school gasoline, and we also really showed it to the oil industry." The manufacturer of the supposed magic essence and the magic mechanic are long gone if the car owner really needs his car and wants to start it. What would we say to the master of a car repair shop who actually pours Frucade into our tank during service? Just!
Doctors who prescribe homeopathic medicines without pointing out that the globules cannot produce any effect beyond the placebo effect are cheating on their patients. And completely regardless of whether this fraud was obviously consented to by the patient. Homeopathics are ineffective, but remedies are loaded with a whole set of meaningful frames. The patient is compensated for the absurdity of the expensive magic with the ostentatious celebration of a distinguished, alternative lifestyle. The patients, if they are adults, are voluntarily with the globule shaman. Is that a license for a doctor? Can he, against his better judgment, prescribe ineffective drugs if there is a clear indication for effective medicine? That would also be exciting material for a process.
Dedicated scientists and doctors successfully put pseudomedicine under pressure on a political level and through serious opinion-forming. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for a sensational and trend-setting process by a homeopathic victim against fraud with the ineffective pseudo-drugs. (Christian Kreil, August 14, 2019)
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