It took a bit longer for WND commenters to take this one on, where WND linked to a Daily Mail article and titled it, “Prince Charles in NHS Homeopathy Row.”

For those unaware, homeopathy is magic water. Literally. Put something in water that’s supposed to cure something, and then dilute it to the point there is literally not even a single atom or molecule of the original substance, and the water is supposed to retain a memory of the substance, and you drink it or take a pill made from it, and it cures you. No, I’m not making this up. That’s homeopathy in a nutshell, and it was invented about 180 years ago before any modern concept of medicine and most notions of modern chemistry (like number of atoms of something in a gram).

As far as pseudosciences go, America doesn’t have much of a problem with homeopathy. It’s much more prevalent in Britain, but there are some Americans who practice it and usually it’s lumped together in the “natural” stuff. But the British issue with it is huge — it’s so prevalent there that the Royal Family has their own homeopathist(s?). But, modern skeptics and science- and evidence-based medicine proponents are fighting against this.

That’s the context for this article, which starts off with, “Prince Charles has secretly lobbied the Health Secretary to back discredited homeopathic medicines.” I really don’t have to talk about it any more to then discuss the ever-intelligent WND commenters.

The top comment at the moment is short and sweet and has 5 up-votes and 1 down-vote: “Homepathy has saved countless lives when so called modern medicine didn’t have a clue” To say this is bulldung is an understatement. Homeopathy literally can’t save lives unless someone is going to die of dehydration.

Commenter ReallyGoodMedicine has a long post that basically says that it does work. The only paragraph of their’s I agree with is this: “Homeopathy has been shown to be vastly safer than con med. It is non-toxic and causes no side effects and has been proven in large studies to be safe for infants, children, nursing mothers and pregnant women.” Yup, it’s safer because it’s water. It’s non-toxic and causes no side-effects because it’s water. It’s safe for everyone because it’s water.

We do have a bit of sanity, though. Of course they’re down-voted. Rudy11 managed to get 4 up-votes and 2 down on her, “Homeopathy gives placebos a bad name.” Not so lucky is patsystone who wrote, “Charles is an idiot. Not good material as future King. Even his father Prince Philip has said so on several occasions.” One up-vote, two down.

More ambiguous is a “Roger Bird” whose comment seems to be skeptical (as in, science-based), but then goes off the deep-end into true-believer: “The idea of a 220 year con without a single homeopath coming forward and admitting that it is a con is absurd beyond belief. The skeptopaths are utterly clueless when it comes to human beings. In this situation, their only reality is Avogadro’s number. Homeopathy disproves materialism.”

Just as I was writing this, Albert Bakker replied with, “I am always glad with the acknowledgement that homeopathy requires the laws of physics to be abolished. At least there is some semblance of a sense of reality in there.” Based on his previous comment, I’m assuming it’s sarcasm. And will promptly be down-voted.

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  1. johanges says:

    Luckily the Nightingale Collaboration (www.nightingale-collaboration.org) in the UK together with the 1023 campaign (www.1023.org.uk) of the Merseyside Skeptics Society (www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk) have put a real dent in homeopathy in the UK by using laws and regulations.

    Unfortunately, these are tools not available in the US since the Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act of 1994. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietary_Supplement_Health_and_Education_Act#United_States

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