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Homeopathy: The Memory of Water

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Transcript of Homeopathy: The Memory of Water

Controversy Study:
Homeopathy

The History of Homeopathy
Scientific Controversy
Benveniste's Case
BBC Horizon trial
Picart: Overview of "fast closure" debate
boundary-work
experimenter's regress
popular nature of the controversy
trajectory of practice (society already widely uses it)
Interest Groups
Media
(Guardian.com)
Australian NHMC vs AHA
Licensed homeopaths
Homeopathic Vets (50 out of 22000)
Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (holistic approach)
Conclusion
Placebo effect
Individual vs. Collective (political dilemma)
Ethical claims
Closure? Probably, only in an academic circle
Popular nature of controversy
Result of democratization?
The Homeopathic Principle
The Memory of Water
Medicines are used at ultramolecolar dilutions
Acqueous solutions can memorise and transmit information about substances that have been diluted in them
Dynamisation
RCT
Paradox (6.002x10power23)
"Scientific" Layer
Advocates:
British Homeopathic Journal
British Homeopathic Association
Society of Homeopaths
University courses on Homeopathy
Maun Homeopathy project (Botswana)
Critics:
Sense About Science (UK charity)
Vets vs. British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons
NHS (+WHO?)
House of Commons Science and Technology Committee
"Public" Layer
Advocates:
Producers
Users (#: Prince Charles, farmers, celeb accounts by BHA)

Critics
Public intellectuals
Media

The Memory of Water (imprint effect)
Sources
Placebo effect
Double blind trials (RCT)
Cultural meaning of a treatment
Individual vs. Collective
Normative aspect
Alessandro Franco
Mikhail Shipilenko

Methods used:
SCOT Analysis
Normative Analysis

Questions?
Thank you for your attention
Principle of similarity
The same pathology requires different remedies
The doctor's aim is to personalize the therapy
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843)
Homeo + Pathos (similar suffering)
Focus on the individual as a whole
Organon of Healing Art
(1810)
Similia similibus curantur
Borneman, J.P. (2001). Homeopathy. Progress and promise, a critical perspective
Collins, H., Pinch, T. (2005). Dr.Golem. How to Think About Medicine
Fadlon, J., Lewin-Epshtein, N. (1997). Laughter Spreads. Another Perspective on Boundary Crossing in the Benveniste Affair
Levy, D. et al. (2013). A Gentle Ethical Defence of Homeopathy
Picart, CJ. (1997). Blurring Boundaries. A Reply to Fadlon and Lewin-Epstein
Picart, CJS. (1994). Scientific Controversy as Farce. The Benveniste-Maddox Counter Trials
Vigano, G. (2014). Homeopathy. from tradition to science
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