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Homeopathy: Why is Fraud Legal?

Imagine hearing a commercial on the radio:

Send us money, and we won’t send you anything in return.

No one would do that, right? How about this:

Send us your money and we’ll send you an empty box.

Better? Not much. Now how is that different from:

Send us money and we’ll send you stuff we’ll call medicine that we claim will help you, but there’s no actual active ingredients in it at all.

I don’t think there’s one bit of difference. Wouldn’t you agree that that commercial is fraud, pure and simple? The problem is that the general public doesn’t understand that the word “homeopathic” means “diluted beyond the point where it contains any active ingredients.”

I’ve recently heard commercials for homeopathic vertigo treatments, eye drops for allergies, irritable bowel, and spider veins on legs. I’m tempted to contact the radio station and complain, but stopped short realizing that their first question is going to be, “But is it legal?”

That’s the problem: it is. So what I want to know is, why?

I understand the structural reasons: there’s lots of money to be made defrauding naive consumers, and those who rake it in by exploiting ignorance have convinced gullible legislators, both state and federal, to make it legal. But that doesn’t make it right.

Seeing packages of homeopathic remedies sit next to actual, active chemical medicines on pharmacy shelves makes my blood boil. Who in their right mind would pay nearly $10.00 for sugar pills? Someone who doesn’t realize that “homeopathic” means diluted out of existence, ie, the vast majority of the general public.

Someone ought to do something. Because homeopathy is fraud; and fraud shouldn’t be legal.

*This blog post was originally published at Musings of a Dinosaur*

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3 Responses to “Homeopathy: Why is Fraud Legal?”

  1. Real is scientific homeopathy. It cures even when Conventional Allopathic Medicine (CAM) fails. Evidence-based modern homeopathy is a nano-medicine bringing big results for everyone

  2. Samuel McCracken says:

    the answer must be that the homeopathic fraudsters have a lot of power. they have made so much money from selling there magic potions and praying on the sick
    .there ill gotten gains have bought them favour with the likes of Dr Kerryn Phelps who comes out with statements like “KERRYN PHELPS: It’s not about whether it’s scientific or not because I believe strongly that medical science doesn’t have a monopoly on evidence. We have a vast range now of evidence around alternatives that really do work and quite often with less risk to patients”
    but when you consider that the consensus from the scientific and medical community is that
    homeopathy can be described as pseudoscience, quackery,and a “cruel deception”.
    money, power and greed are surely at play here.

  3. Samuel McCracken says:

    From KERRYN PHELPS friend of the fraudsters: It’s not about whether it’s scientific or not because I believe strongly that medical science doesn’t have a monopoly on evidence. We have a vast range now of evidence around alternatives that really do work and quite often with less risk to patients.

    from the scientific community who dont believe in fairy dust and magic potions.
    Depending on the dilution, homeopathic remedies may not contain any pharmacologically active molecules, and for such remedies to have pharmacological effect would violate fundamental principles of science. Modern homeopaths have proposed that water has a memory that allows homeopathic preparations to work without any of the original substance; however, there are no verified observations nor scientifically plausible physical mechanisms for such a phenomenon. The lack of convincing scientific evidence to support homeopathy’s efficacy and its use of remedies lacking active ingredients have caused homeopathy to be described as pseudoscience, quackery, and a “cruel deception”

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