Homeopathy’s detractors are still having a field
day with the seeming impossibility of a high dilution medicine.
As I write, homeopathic hospitals in the UK
are being defunded and Universities are dropping programs in homeopathy,
largely based on this one issue.
The most vocal critics are often people who have an agenda. There’s
no point in debating with them, because they already know homeopathy
works. That’s exactly why they’re criticizing it. These people have
ties to the pharmaceutical industry or other competing interests.
A. Shang, who presented an intentionally deceptive and flawed meta-analysis,
almost certainly falls into this group.
The Lancet, which published a headline worthy of a supermarket
tabloid: “The End of Homeopathy”, failed to check Shang’s
research and may fall into this group as well. We’re still waiting
for their apology, without which their credibility and integrity
must remain questionable.
But getting back to business, many of our critics are well meaning
people, brought up in the allopathic tradition, who just don’t get
it. How can something diluted beyond a certain point have any effect?
All their experience suggests that medicinal effect is dose related.
Ludricrous analogies of homeopathy abound, such as , “It’s
like one drop in the Pacific Ocean”.
With images like that, we can’t blame them for being skeptical.
The homeopathic community has explained this mystery in many ways,
but alas, without success. Telling people that it’s “energy
medicine” is a perceptual leap, and you either see it, or you don’t.
We are often so intent on complex explanations, that we miss the
obvious ones. There is another way of looking at potentization,
that we’ve failed to make clear. It is implicity understood by every
homeopath, but needs to be made explicit. Let’s have
a look at the process.
When a substance in water is diluted and succussed, the water molecules
form organized clusters*. Further, the pattern of these clusters
is unique for each substance.1,2,3,4,5 For instance,
in a solution of common table salt, diluted beyond 10-7 and
succussed, the molecules will form clusters quite characteristic
At the next stage of potentization, one drop of that solution is
placed in 99 drops of water and succussed again. That one
drop has the “salt” configuration and acts as a template, conveying
this pattern (information) to the next 99 drops of water. That
one drop thus creates a copy of the previous solution. Since
we’ve added kinetic energy by pounding the solution, it’s more accurate
to call it a “modified copy”. The potency has been
raised, but the basic pattern is the same.
When we make a homeopathic remedy, we are not just making dilutions,
we are making copies. So when someone asks “How can something
so dilute be a medicine?”, that’s the wrong question. The correct
question is, “How many photocopies can you make of a document?”
Of course, there is no limit.
A homeopathic remedy is not, as some suggest, “One drop in the
Pacific Ocean”. Rather, it is like “Two
fish in the Pacific Ocean”. They
keep creating copies of themselves, ad infinitum.
It’s important that we help honest sceptics understand homeopathy.
We need to focus on this concept of copies, and make it a part of
the dialogue. It will help counter the misconceptions and
ridicule which came before. Let us keep repeating this idea of copies,
to clear the muddy waters of that former ocean into which a mythical
drop was placed.
1. Lo SY, LoA, Chong LW, Tianzhang
L,Hua LH, Geng
X. (1966) Physical Properties of Water with IE Structures.
Modern Physics Letters B10, B19 :921-930
2. Lo SY (1996) Modern Physics
Lett. B19: 909-919.
3. Ly SY and Bonavida B. (1998) Proceedings of the First International
Symposium onPhysical, Chemical and Biological
Properties of Stable Water [IE] Clusters. w:st=”on”>Singapore: World Scientific
4. Lo SY. Talk to w:st=”on”>National Center for
Homeopathy, San Diego,
5. Shulte J and Endler
PC (Eds.) (1998) Fundamental Research in Ultra High Dilution and
Homeopathy. The w:st=”on”>Netherlands: Kluwer
*The exact nature of these “organized clusters” is still not clear.
Neutron diffraction experiments seem to rule out any significant
spatial clustering. Cyril Smith maintains that the clusters are
regions in which the natural molecular oscillations have become
synchronised in phase.)
This is the first of our “College Issues” and is being
produced by Grant Bentley, Louise Barton
and students of the Victorian College of Classical Homœopathy.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had some objective measure,
aside from observable symptoms, to lead us to the simillimum? Through
careful analysis of hundreds of photographs, Grant Bentley has been
able to correlate facial features with specific miasms. Thus, facial
features act as an eliminating symptom, allowing selection of the
correct remedy. There are other revelations which stem from this
discovery. In this issue we explore Homeopathic Facial Analysis,
a pioneering work of the best kind.
Also in this issue, articles on dietary precautions in homeopathy
and Hahnemann’s Lesser Writings, a Quiz, Tips & Secrets, a Cartoon
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Alan V. Schmukler
Homeopathy 4 Everyone