Like most people with a strong Western scientific background, I’ve bought into the prevailing view that homeopathy is bunk. A recent episode of Marketplace, the CBC’s consumer show, ridiculed homeopathy to an almost anti-journalistic level of imbalance.
Imagine my surprise when I read in today’s Huffington Post that at least three Nobel Prize winning scientists maintain homeopathy’s efficacy, one of them no less a personage than the virologist Luc Montagnier, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for his discovery of the AIDS virus.
Homeopathy seems counter-intuitive by any measure: Dilute a substance to infinitesimal levels so that even the highest technology analyzers currently available can’t detect it, and it becomes even more powerful than in its full strength. The rationale is that through the dilute-and-shake process, the water is changed in such a way that it carries powerful and specific messages to the body’s immune and other systems.
Sounds pretty zany to me, but…….
P.S. It is important to note that the Huffington Post article is penned by Dana Ullman, a leading proponent of Homeopathy and author of many books on the topic. OTOH, this is what debate is all about….listen to all sides and make up your own mind.