Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Logical Support for Homeopathy

A sudden epiphany: My daughter Brigitte has been struggling with allergies for most of her life, and during a conversation with her I suddenly realized a simple reason why homeopathy is a valid approach to medicine. Allergies can be set off by minute quantities of a given substance, so minute in fact that a food product that was in contact with machinery used to process peanuts can cause a serious reaction for someone allergic to peanuts even after the machinery has been cleaned. Based on this one can reasonably conclude if the trace of an element of a substance can cause harm in someone in instances of allergies, trace elements of substances in homeopathic remedies can promote cures.


Anonymous said...

I have seen that a homeopathic approach can work to alleviate an allergy in the case of a very young child who would not have experienced the placebo effect. But, aside from that anecdotal and very limited evidence, what is the theory behind homeopathic medicine?

How could it be possible that a substance or allergen that, even in small quantities causes an allergic reaction, administered in yet smaller quantities desensitize the person to the allergen? And how often does it work?

Karen said...

Hi Howard: I suffer from allergies, too. And I have found, after many many years of experimentation, that there are some basic things one can do to alleviate some of the symptoms. I tried homeopathy once for some other things, and found it fascinating (I was prescribed diamond dust, which I thought was incredible and kind of profound) but it didn't work. I can share with your daughter some of the things that have worked for me. BTW, having just gotten my computer and email working again, I just finally posted the comment I'd saved to post to one of your earlier June posts. Finally! Karen Joy