Homeopathy, Quackery, and Fraud

Homeopathy treatments enjoy a special status in the health sector. Despite their quack nature, they are still legally accepted as drugs. The homeopathic medicines are marketed in pharmacies, in health-food stores, in practitioner offices, through the email, by multilevel distributors, and on the internet. However, many people are still left in the dark as to whether the treatment is effective or not. Some scientists and medical researchers have come up to criticize homeopathy claiming its lacks credibility regarding it as total fraud and a way of extorting money from patients.

Homeopathic products are produced from botanical substances, minerals, and other sources. For a soluble substance, a part is diluted with many parts of distilled water and vigorously shaken. In the case of insolubility, it is grounded into powder. A part of the diluted medicine is consequently diluted with a continuous repetition until the required concentration is achieved.

A majority of proponents maintain that homeopathic products correspond to vaccines since they all provide a minor stimulus responsible for triggering the immune response. Unfortunately, this comparison does not have any validity as the amounts of active ingredients present in vaccines are significant and can, therefore, be measured. Furthermore, the concentrations of antibodies in the blood can be measured for immunization while for homeopathic products; there is no measurable response. Additionally, vaccines are used to prevent infections and not a way of curing symptoms.

Imagine the number of compounds that must be available, in quantities of a molecule or more, in each dose of a homeopathic drug. Still under meticulously clean conditions, dust in the manufacturing industry has to carry thousands of varying molecules of biological origin which are obtained from local sources such as fungi, bacteria, respiratory droplets, insect feces, and sloughed skin cells, distant ones such as soil particles, pollens, and products of combustion, and mineral particles derived from terrestrial and extraterrestrial origin.

The dilution process in homeopathy constitutes a step by step dilution that is carried to extremes with a vigorous shaking between each dilution. The concern arises as to how the emerging drug preparation is presumed to distinguish the specific substance among the many elements in the container that means business. How should the other substances know that they are not of use and allow the potent one to stand out?

Some manufacturers marketing homeopathic drugs sell “tissue salts” or “cell salts.” These are twelve highly diluted mineral products that are claimed to be successful in an array of diseases such as baldness, appendicitis, insomnia, deafness, and worms. They are applied based on the principal that mineral deficiency is the primary cause of a disease. The problem with these medications is that many are extremely diluted that they are unable to correct a mineral deficiency in case one was present.

It is, therefore, impossible to accept that homeopathy’s apologists have correctly identified the vital ingredients in their products. Studies claiming to show the effectiveness of a homeopathic medication should not be allowed unless theyconstitute a list of products present in concentrations. The levelsshould be equal to or greater than the impersonated active ingredient in all the stages of the dilution process.