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|By Bryce Buchanan|
Hahnemann also developed another key tenet of homeopathy, the “Law of Infinitesimals.” This law states that the smaller the dose of a medicine, the more powerful will be its healing affects. A remedy marked 12x has been diluted by a factor of 10 to the twelfth power, thus leaving one part of solute per trillion parts of diluting agent. At a dilution of 24x the laws of chemistry tell us there is less than a fifty percent chance that a single molecule of the medication remains in the diluting agent.
It would appear to a skeptic that homeopaths are involved in a transparently fraudulent enterprise, selling and making health claims for bottles of water. But according to Hahnemann’s theory, substances can be “potentized” as they are being diluted. Shaking the mixture at least 40 times at each dilution releases the medication’s “immaterial and spiritual powers” into the diluting agent.
The promotional booklet A Guide to Homeopathic Medicine for Pharmacists, which Schnabel shared at his Salem lecture, states, “Just as the mechanism of action of many homeopathic remedies remains a mystery, homeopaths do not understand precisely how their medicines work.”
One clue to how they may work is contained in the words of Kyra Walsh, owner of a store peddling homeopathic remedies. “If you don’t have faith in the healing, it won’t work.” She adds, “Belief is part of the process” (Time, Sept. 95).
If believing in a highly implausible theory which lacks supporting evidence is gullibility, then gullibility must be part of the process as well.
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