There has been a stir recently about the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, namely whether or not they are worthy of existing.
This debate has been sparked in part by a report about homeopathy that aired on the CBC show Marketplace.
The show’s only purpose was to debunk homeopathic medicine.
While I do not have a problem with people getting the word out about things, I also like to see a clear two-sided debate and presentation on the topic of homeopathy.
The issue, according to CBC’s Marketplace report, is this—there were no detectable amounts of active ingredients in any of the homeopathic remedies they had tested. I can understand their questioning the viability of those remedies.
I can tell you that it would certainly take more than a half hour television show to clearly explain how homeopathic medicine works.
I have used many analogies in the past to explain and clarify the seemingly undetectable active ingredients in homeopathic medicine.
First, it is good to understand that homeopathic medicine is considered an energetic medicine, not a physical medicine that we have been accustomed to in western society.
An example of physical medicine would be something like Aspirin or any other pharmaceuticals.
As a comparison between the two medical philosophies, I like to use the analogy of a CD or DVD.
If you were to examine the CD under the microscope after cutting it up in pieces, you will not physically find any music.
Same goes for finding actors entertaining you by performing in a movie on a DVD. It’s there, but you don’t see it.
Same goes for the active ingredients in a homeopathic remedy.
To take the analogy further, when you put a CD or DVD in a component and play the disc, you hear the music or see the movie. The CD or DVD player is the catalyst for making the disc provide music or a movie
With homeopathy, it is the individual’s body that is the helpful catalyst in making the homeopathic remedy work.
Homeopath sceptics roam the earth in great numbers and they have loud voices, however, this does not mean they are correct. It just means that they have a strong opinion.
One of the other points brought up on the Marketplace report was the issue of homeopathic vaccination, in which it spoke of the dangers of not vaccinating your children the conventional way.
As a classical homeopath, I do not give homeopathic vaccinations because that basically goes against the homeopathic philosophy that says we can’t treat some unknown future situation.
This doesn’t make me an advocate of standard vaccinations, but in the end it comes down to everyone living the way they feel they need to live and choosing what is right for them and their families.
There are many people who have taken the stance of an expert, both paid and unpaid, and they will put fear into people as a way of controlling them and bringing them onboard to their particular idealisms.
There is no right or wrong here, just the perception of right and wrong depending on which side is trying to make you buy into their argument.
But remember, just because you can’t see something it does not mean it is not there, it just means you need to open your inner eyes.
John Sherman is a professional classical homeopath in Kelowna.