The Snooks : Why try homeopathy?

The Snooks : Why try homeopathy?

The Snooks – Prečo vyskúšať homeopatiu? Ak chcete vyskúšať homeopatiu, čo objavíte pri jej skúmaní? Zistíte, že je to liečba, ktorá vychádza z prírody a funguje v súlade s prírodou. Zistíte tiež, že je neuveriteľne bezpečná a môžete ju používať spolu s konvenčnou liečbou. Homeopatia sa zameriava výhradne na vás, na to, čo spôsobilo vaše ochorenie, čo váš stav zhoršuje a samozrejme na to, čo vám pomôže. To, čo tu nenájdete, sú nežiadúce účinky. Ale, zistíte aj to, že každoročne milióny ľudí vo Veľkej Británii využívajú pomoc, ktorú im homeopatia prináša. Čo tak preskúmať, či sa môžete stať jedným z nich? Ak chcete zistiť viac, navštívte stránku Slovenské titulky Dagmar Ferencziová pre

41 Replies to “The Snooks : Why try homeopathy?”

  1. Lovely! How about a video explaining the placebo effect too? Or the concept of evidence-based medicine?

  2. "Homeopathy is a medicine that comes from nature"

    As opposed to all other medicines that come from magic I suppose?

  3. The reason why you might try it (or should consider trying it) would be because it's shown to work. Does it? Now that would be a great marketing point.

  4. Well done and charming animation. Homeopathy is the 2nd most utilized system of medicine worldwide. An est. 500 million patients rely on it as their primary form of medical care. It offers solutions to a wide variety of health problems, frequently those for which conventional care is ineffective.

  5. I couldn't recommend homeopathy more highly.  I've used it for many years with such success, satisfaction and safety that it's now my primary form of medicine.  It normalized my high blood pressure and high intraocular pressure safely and permanently.  It's cured all sorts of acute ailments quickly and with less discomfort than I would otherwise have had.  Homeopathy is as great for animals as it is for people.  Anyone who finds it has a friend for life!

  6. good to see the shills and naysayers are on here so soon.  So good to know that the scientific research done on homeopathy just keeps proving them wrong.

    Such as these studies –  and this scientific research here –

  7. Such a shame that those that actually know nothing about homeopathy are so highly motivated to try to diss it. Rather odd in fact. Also odd that they ignore all the positive trials and scientific proof in homeopathy's favour (No It's not my job to provide links – they are out there  all over the place if you are actually interested.)

    In my experience and in that of millions of others it was the only thing that worked when when allopathy had failed

    That includes on our pets and on newborns, which shuts down the placebo argument.

    Homeopathy is fantastic and I, like millions of others, including many celebs, couldn't do without it. It is certainly a  LOT better than what 'science' and allopathy have to offer – so no wonder they're pissed!

  8. I have been a homeopathic patient and have been treated for both acute and chronic health challenges over the past 27 years. I have a large homeopathic library as well as a 55 remedy emergency homeopathic kit with remedies that can treat a toothache, stomachache, diarrhea, nausea, motion sickness, teething pain of babies and other acute onset minor illnesses that keep me and my family out of the local ER and doctors offices during flu seasons.

    My family travels 120 miles round trip to see our homeopath who is available by phone 24/7.  I can even phone him if he is on vacation. This same homeopath has treated people who travel from Europe to see him. He was also invited to speak twice to the Society of Homeopaths in the UK.  If homeopathy were not successful, do you think people like myself would want to defend it against people who discard it without learning more about it?  I think not.

  9. A medicine that comes from nature? That's the first of many logical fallacies in this awful cartoon. Lets take something, dilute it until there's nothing left, call it medicine and then ignore over 200 years of lack of evidence. Bingo, all the profits of pharmaceuticals without all the nasty evidence, efficacy and safety checks and research and development. 

  10. Try the remedy 'Colocynthis 30c' the Squirting Cucumber, (Ord. cucurbitceae) … It does what the common name suggests.  So, if you don't squirt you lot can hang onto your skepticism a bit longer!

  11. You have to try homeopathy for yourself to be able to decide if its works or not.
    It worked for me and my family. By trying for yourself I mean go to registered classical homeopath. I don't have any drugs at home as I don't need them. Homeopathy keeps me healthy through winter seasons and I use it for chronic problems and acute first aid kind of things. I use it with great success on my animal too, with her there is no place for placebo effect.

  12. To those who have trouble figuring out how homeopathy could work – here's some information that may help:

  13. Love this link for information – – particularly love the destruction of Prof. Edward Ernst's 'The end of homeopathy' published in the BMJ a while ago, printed below.  

    Who’s Afraid of Homeopathy?
    A purported meta-analysis of adverse events (AEs) following homeopathic treatment was recently published in MedScape, available here:

    The easily accessed Abstract states:  “The total number of patients who experienced AEs of homeopathy amounted to 1159. Overall, AEs ranged from mild-to-severe and included four fatalities. The most common AEs were allergic reactions and intoxications. Rhus toxidendron was the most frequently implicated homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy has the potential to harm patients and consumers in both direct and indirect ways. Clinicians should be aware of its risks and advise their patients accordingly.”
    But readers who actually access and read the entire study, which is really a review of published literature, will be treated to an excess of opinion over data. It is not surprising that the authors work at Exeter University and include one Prof. Edzard Ernst who once claimed he was a Homeopath and later 'fessed up to the fact that he only actually ever watched real Homeopaths work.

    Mr. Ernst, although self-glorified as the “first professor of complementary/alternative medicine” has been a persistent and vitriolic critic of homeopathy for at least a decade. While having actually conducted no original research into any medical subject, Mr. Ernst has instead published a number of reviews of generally poorly designed studies into homeopathic treatment that had predictably poor outcomes. This one is probably what he considers to be his magnum opus.
    Highlights of this review include that, in 32 years (between 1978 and 2010), 4 fatalities occurred. However it's difficult to ascertain how the authors claim to include data on 1159 patients when only 35 case reports were accessed. The details under the heading “causation” in their tables tend to categorize the use of a homeopathic remedy as  “likely” and  “almost certain” but do not include any data to suggest who even prescribed these (often) combination remedies in potencies that are in some instances unavailable from a major homeopathic remedy manufacturer.

    There were only two instances in which homeopathic remedies were of  “certain” implication (both hypersensitivities) and in each instance both patients made a  “full recovery.” In one of the documented fatalities the patient was treated to chemotherapy after the alleged homeopathic treatment, yet the fatality is attributed to homeopathy… Seriously? The terms  “likely” and  “almost” are associated with speculation, not definitive causation. (Isn't it the  “skeptics” who are always claiming that  “correlation is not causation”?) Hey, Ernst, what gives?
    The Conclusion of this rather pointless/useless endeavour states that the authors didn't have enough critical data to even comment on the information that was reviewed! 
    “However, our systematic review also has a number of important limitations. They pertain to the potential incompleteness of the evidence. AEs of homeopathy are likely to be underreported; therefore, the number of cases summarised herein is less meaningful than the fact that such incidents exist at all. The often low quality of the primary reports further limits the conclusiveness of our findings. Several reports lacked sufficient detail, which renders the interpretation of their findings problematic (13,15,23,27,28,34,37,38,40). Given such caveats, relationship between the cause-effect of homeopathy and the AEs was frequently difficult to establish.

    We did not include systematic reviews, clinical trials, surveys and cohort studies in our review. A systematic review of the AEs of homeopathy, concluded that the incidence of AEs of homeopathic remedies was greater than that of placebo in controlled clinical trials; AEs included headache, tiredness, skin eruptions, dizziness, bowel dysfunctions and allergic reactions (53). Our review of CR and CS is thus not comprehensive. Crucially, it not does tell us anything about the incidence of AEs. Considering the widespread use of homeopathy worldwide and the relative paucity of the reported AEs, it might be very low. Collectively, these limitations render our review less conclusive than we had hoped.”
    So it seems that the anti-homeopathy peddlers who generally claim that homeopathic remedies are  “just water” are now resorting similarly erroneous reports of how these  “placebo” remedies are creating a mammoth environment of catastrophic proportions in a brief Abstract and then completely question their findings in the real Conclusion.
    And this is supposed to be Science?!
    Laurie J. Willberg

  14.  good analysis and evidence.  love this article.  

  15.  Gotta love that Prof.  Especially love the destruction of 'that old fart Edzard Ernst.  LOL 

    Here is a section for perusal.  

    "It’s been proven over and over that homeopathy works. There are incredibly robust studies. One famous 1994 double-blind randomized crossover trial showed homeopathy way outperformed the placebo. It was repeated three times. Yet the editor of The Lancet wrote these remarkable words: “…We must ask if the technique of randomized controlled trials is fundamentally flawed, and capable of producing evidence for effects that do not exist, by, for example, the effects of clinicians’ expectations of outcome transmitting by subtle effects that circumvent double blinding?”

    In other words, he is saying, we know homeopathy is a fraud and this trial shows it works, so it might mean the double-blind randomized trials don’t really work1.

    Is that prejudice? Bigotry? Or just plain stupidity?

    And what about that old fart Edzard Ernst, who by some chicanery got himself appointed professor of complementary medicine at Exeter university (UK). He says, “These treatments are biologically implausible and the clinical tests have shown they don’t do anything at all in human beings.”2

    Well, that makes him a liar, doesn’t it? He just ignores the Lancet study and stacks of evidence showing the efficacy of homeopathy (could you believe that Ernst was once a practicing homeopath who “changed his mind”, he says? Can you smell the money??)

    In 2005, a report by economist Christopher Smallwood, personally commissioned by Prince Charles, claimed that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) was cost-effective and should be available in the UK’s National Health Service. Ernst was initially enlisted as a collaborator on the report, but asked for his name to be removed after a sight of the draft report and Ernst described it as “complete misleading rubbish.”3

    Ernst was, in turn, criticised by The Lancet editor Richard Horton for disclosing contents of the report while it was still in draft form. In a letter to The Times Horton wrote: “Professor Ernst seems to have broken every professional code of scientific behavior by disclosing correspondence referring to a document that is in the process of being reviewed and revised prior to publication. This breach of confidence is to be deplored.”4  So, we may know the true measure of the man. He bends whatever truth suits him but he accuses everyone else of doing that very thing. “Methinks the lady doth protest too much,” Shakespeare had the queen say in Hamlet, Act III, scene II. It means: she gives away her guilt by ranting at others.

    Fortunately this humbug was forced into retirement. Prince Charles’ private secretary, Sir Michael Peat, filed a complaint regarding breached confidentiality with Exeter University. Circumstances surrounding the ensuing University investigation led to Ernst’s resignation.

    But his wicked dishonesty still lives on and is often quoted by those who need to oppose alternative medicines. As well as homeopathy, Ernst has attacked St John’s wort, hawthorn for congestive heart failure, acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, massage, music therapy, and relaxation, among other holistic therapies.5 All of these, he claims, have no proven value.

    Professor of complementary and alternative medicine? Not."

  16. I find water also hard at giving me side effects and other problems compared to conventional medicine. Oh wait water is the ONLY ingredient in homeopathic medicine. WHOOPS 

  17. hows that cure for congenital, chromosomal illnesses coming? apparently there is a cure for scoliosis that just involves tinctures and nothing else.  I'm not willing to try it because scary toxic plants put me off.  maybe someone else will.

    maybe someone with neurological, non cancer tumors can take it and tell me. Invitro is in a dish. if I can kill a tumor with bleach, does that mean bleach should be eaten to get rid of tiny tiny tumors on the spine?

    someone sacrifice themself and children for the truth.

  18. Homeopathy has been proven over and over again for decades if not centuries to have no effect whatsoever beyond placebo, the basics of what it is and how it "works" cannot even be explained logically by its foremost "experts". Congratulations on dis-informing and stealing from desperate people when their life hangs in the balance. I hope you lose all your limbs and get cancer in your ass, then you can try to cure that with your pathetic overpriced sugar pills and see how well it works. 

  19. Too bad that the voice is such a strange one, with a quite disturbing and silly accent : I have no problem with understanding English quite always perfectly, but this voice makes it less easy and really dispointing.
    Too bad because the subject is most interesting.
    As a chartreux breeder, I treat my cats through homeopathy since I found my wonderful homeopathic unicist vet : my vet bills decreased a huge lot, my cats are healthier than ever, they do not receive any antibiotic pills though I had a big problem with chronical herpesvirus; most of all, it is amazingly efficient. Amazingly efficient also with skin diseases or behaviour problems (even extremely serious ones !).
    I finally told my homeopathic vet I was "jealous" of my cats since they were much better treated than I was myself, but now, she is also helping me through – with the same efficiency !
    This being said, an homeopathic doctor must be choosed with the same care as any doctor, and not any doctor who "gives" here and there homeopathic medecine has the science and ability to do so properly.
    So, just use your brain when beginning to opt for homeopathy… as you must do in any thing !

  20. Dressing this horseshit up with cutesy little cartoon characters doesn't make it any less inane. Homeopathy is moronic magical thinking brought to you by internet educated idiots.

  21. Homoeopathy is the best solution for those SELLING the "medicine"…….. drinking the liquid, or eating the sugar pill really doesn't do anything for the patient except drain their wallet. I tried the James Randi trick of eating a whole bottle of homoeopathic sleeping pills… it didn't make me sleepy…. therefore I conclude like many others, that it doesn't work. Natural remedies are a good thing… What if there was a substance made from the bark of a tree that could help reduce pain, and help treat heart attacks? Wouldn't that be great?? Oh wait… we have that, it's called Aspirin.

  22. I used three homeopathic remedies for my third labour. They were so good. I was anxious as second labour had been traumatic – careless treatment, over medicated resulting in tears and long painful recovery. I felt v calm focused and in control with a homeopathic birth. No other intervention necessary – no injuries, no epidural no pain relief- a clear head and a clean birth. It is not a placebo. Ive also used along with tissue salts for asthma.

  23. I used three homeopathic remedies for my third labour. They were so good. I was anxious as second labour had been traumatic – careless treatment, over medicated resulting in tears and long painful recovery. I felt v calm focused and in control with a homeopathic birth. No other intervention necessary – no injuries, no epidural no pain relief- a clear head and a clean birth. It is not a placebo. Ive also used along with tissue salts for asthma.

  24. my use of homeopathy in labour is verifiable. i had my baby in a public hospital and i had to get permission to use my chosen homeopathic formulations. i was attended by a midwife and consultant and interviewed after the birth about it.

  25. my use of homeopathy in labour is verifiable. i had my baby in a public hospital and i had to get permission to use my chosen homeopathic formulations. i was attended by a midwife and consultant and interviewed after the birth about it.

  26. They don't explain anything about homeopathy…. Why does it work? If I give money for something I want to be sure it fucking works

  27. Before anyone thinks of posting negative comments, please ask yourself:
    Have I ever been treated with homeopathy?
    Have I ever read in depth, studied or researched homeopathy?
    In fact, do I know anything at all about homeopathy?
    I’m sure that others here are as sick and tired as I, of reading inane twaddle from people who haven’t a clue!

  28. homeopathy and alchemy are my two favorite scientific fields. totes not obvious nonsense. maybe I'll believe in a water-walking zombie while im at it

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