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jomc20 said on 20 June 2010

I am dismayed to read comments made by people who still, despite all the evidence against it, say that Homeopathy works, or works for them. No it doesn't and it absolutely cannot work - it is sugar and water. Anecdotes are not proof. Charles Draper's explanation is excellent. I may not be a scientist but surely common sense should tell people that a theory dreamt up 200 years ago which results in potions which are nothing but water cannot possibly have any effect other than the placebo effect. Many ailments get better in time and occasionally this natural healing process may coincide with someone taking a Homeopathic 'remedy'. I am incensed that the National Health Service and hence myself as a tax payer, is still paying for this mumbo-jumbo! We are living in the 21st century and should leave superstition and quack treatments which have no scientific basis behind. Did Homeopathy cure polio, whooping cough, TB or indeed anything? The more science advances, the more people retreat into primitive pre-scientific beliefs. I for one am glad I don't live in a time when all that was available was Homeopathy and Naturopathy . The problem is that people are scared of hospitals and suspicious of modern drugs, drug companies and side effects. Maybe more education is the answer to combat the charlatans making billions from so-called 'alternative medicine'. And the Health Service should not be encouraging this nonsense just to get hypochondriacs out of doctors' surgeries.