Samuel Hahnemann, considered to be the father of homeopathy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
H:MC21, the gift that keeps on giving in the eternal struggle against reality that is the homeopathy cult. Of course it’s a cult. Look the word up at dictionary.com, where we get a choice of definitions including:
- an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a body of admirers (Hahnemann the guru)
- a group or sect bound together by veneration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.
- a group having a sacred ideology (miasms, similia and vitalism) and a set of rites (proving, potencies) centering around their sacred symbols (their own egos, in a number of cases).
You have to hand it to quacks: in the face of all reason, they keep trying to shore up discredited theories with bogus evidence and spouting tired old lies that even a child can see through. Such tenacity must be admired, although if they’re expecting respect as well they can whistle for it.
They also like to keep hammering away at their critics, especially luminaries such as James Randi and Edzard Ernst. Here’s an absolute gem of self-delusion dressed with vitriol that purports to unmask the latter: Edzard Ernst – Critic Of Homeopathy Exposed | National Center for Homeopathy. He’s influential, especially in the UK. Homeopaths don’t like being publicly debunked by somebody who used to be in their cult.
It’s not a good idea to act like a total merchant banker in my presence. I don’t scare easily and I don’t like being talked at as if I’m an idiot. Threats and bluster from quacks and frauds merely encourage me in my hope that I may be doing something right. As a result, I practise my WTFometer kata with added enthusiasm.
You may point out that, as Arthur Conan Doyle first posited and the Dunning-Kruger Theory of Fuckwittitude predicts, fools are incapable of understanding that others may be smarter or have a better grasp of the subject being discussed. That is so, but surely the instinct of self-preservation against public ridicule should kick in sometimes? For one particular foaming quack, this was one of those times.
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Shall we start the month with a real humdinger of a loonsite? This lot, at Lightworkerschool.com, almost make the basic reiki crowd sound normal, but only because they sprinkle a bit of pre-apocalypse topping on your spirit guide waffle:
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I’ve read some pretty extreme gibbering lunacy on the Internet. I’ve occasionally come across some very nasty stuff that still haunts my memory. However, I think this is the first time I’ve come across a weirdo so completely, dangerously, out on a fucking limb as this one:
It’s WTF on a colossal scale. There is enough Stupid to power a country the size of Belgium for 1,000 years. It also contains a description of what is at best unwitting cruelty to someone who should have received medical attention. It starts badly enough: