On Thu, 27 Aug 1998, Cecile Mills wrote:
> Here's some different material about Homeopathy*
> Hahnemann, an M.D., developed homeopathy when he observed that taking
> quinine when you weren't sick produced malaria-like symptoms. He started to
> experiment and his ideas spread. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Mark Twain [Samuel
> Clemens], and Louisa May Alcott used homeopathy. Today growing numbers of
> people especially in France, Germany, England, and India use it.
Thats right! Actually as someone from India I fail to understand what the
whole hullaballoo is all about. Not only is homeopathy widely practised in
India, but universities offer official degrees to students who finish a
four year course. There are dozens of universities offering this course,
and in most small towns and rural areas homeopathy and ayurveda
(traditional Indian system) are more popular than allopathy.
> When a phenomenon isn't explainable by science, when will we question the
> science? I think it's time now to do so. Keep in mind, it's science that
> tells us it's OK to drink alcohol then it's not OK; it's not OK to use salt
> then it's OK; it's OK to drink caffeine then it's not; meat is healthy,
> then it's not; milk is healthy,then it's not.
You have hit the right argument there. One might also add that its science
which told us to use chemical fertilzers which was ok, and now its not ok.
Science told us to use pesticides and now its not ok.
At the risk of provoking a further round of discussion on capitalism, let
me just say that thats how it works. Its ok for Monsanto to produce
herbicides, and its alos ok to produce roundup ready which resists its own
herbicide. Thats how corporations survive and thrive.
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