'David, you must leave your binary world, your simple world.'
You mean the world where real science is carried out and results are analysed, not your fantasy world where water cures all?
't is not a simple case of works/doesn't work.'
Yes, it is. Studies either show the effects being looked for or they don't. In the case of homeopathy they don't. Placebo may well work, but that's not the same thing at all, since not all placebo is homeopathy, although the reverse is true.
'You also need to be much clearer in your understanding of the word "work".'
I've not used the term, so why do I want to clarify my understanding?
'Homeopathy "works" in the sense that many people get benefit from it. That = 25-30% of those who use it. It "works" with no negative side effects. Does it have any effect beyond the placebo...in my opinion 97% no...3% yes.'
I'm equally sure that sugar pills dispensed by a doctor are as effective provided the patient is told the pills will be cure them or alleviate their symptoms. However, that doesn't mean the pills do anything for the patient. That's just the human mind at work. Homeopathy is no different. It's more of a con than insurance, since there is at least some tangible benfit to insurance when one of the risks that is covered actually arises and the policy pays out.
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