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Homeopathy

Posted in links, upcoming shows by Desiree on September 14, 2008

Tune in this Friday when we’ll be speaking with Jessica Jackson, a Homeopathic Practitioner here in Edmonton.

You can check out her website here.

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  1. Brad said, on September 16, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Have we got a fan base for you…

    Let us know how we can connect/help/contribute!

    Brad

  2. Heather said, on September 16, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Oh, boy! A comment!

    Thanks, Brad.

    Well, FunDrive is coming up next month…

  3. Heather said, on September 16, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Oh, you could also link to us on your site.

    Thanks!

  4. Desiree said, on September 16, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Calling in with questions during the show would be lovely as well.

    Thanks for listening!

  5. Brad said, on September 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    You’ve probably seen our Facebook group too: http://www.new.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5883046913

    If you send me any events — or even just a broadcast schedule — I can post those on the site and the group. If that helps.

  6. Desiree said, on September 17, 2008 at 2:59 am

    We’re all on the facebook group. One of us even managed to make it out to a meeting. 🙂

    Until we get our episode list sorted out, please keep checking the blog for our upcoming shows.

    In the meantime, we’re on every Friday from 6-7pm on FM88.5 (CJSR). Would you mind posting it on your Events Calendar?

    Great site, by the way.

    Thanks again!

  7. Sean Ouimet said, on September 17, 2008 at 5:52 am

    I posted the show time and some basic notes to Facebook (as a new event)

  8. Sean Ouimet said, on September 17, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Oh Desire, as a group admin you can change the event listing as you see fit — it may be a little generic for you as is.

    Good work getting this show up and running! I look forward to tuning in on Friday 🙂

  9. Eos said, on September 17, 2008 at 6:07 am

    I want to hear about water memory, and how it forgets everything it ever came into contact with to only retain the memory of the ingredient that gets successed right out of the remedy and then tupped up with alcohol or dropped on a sugar pill.

    How does the water not memorize the sugar or alcohol and not forget what was diluted out?

    Do we know the alcohol content of liquid homeopath remedies? I never get to see what percent of the remedy is alcohol. At least we can surmise how much sugar and other fillers are in the pill forms by reading the “non-medicinal” ingredients.

    How does the sugar and/or alcohol not affect the magical effects of the homeopathic water?
    [quote] Conventional drugs for adults can contain no more than 10 percent alcohol, and the amount is even less for children’s medications. But some homeopathic products contain much higher amounts because the agency has temporarily exempted these products from the alcohol limit rules.[/quote]
    http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/096_home.html

  10. Desiree said, on September 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks very much, Sean. I actually haven’t been on facebook for over a month, but Q and the Edmonton Skeptics are the perfect reason to re-enter the fray.

    And I will endeavor to actually make it to the October 2nd on-topic Edmonton Skeptics event. Work permitting, as always.

    Thanks for the support!

  11. Desiree said, on September 17, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Great question, Eos. Please do call in to the show this Friday to ask about it on-air!

  12. Nathan said, on September 20, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Hi there, I was the caller who mentioned Randi talking about Benveniste. Here is a link to Swift this summer regarding fallout from the faulty research he performed.

    http://www.randi.org/joom/swift/swift-july-31-2008-2.html#i3

    Here is another much older article Randi posted regarding Benveniste’s reaction to scientific scrutiny.

    http://www.randi.org/jr/090503.html

  13. Heather said, on September 20, 2008 at 3:37 am

    Awesome, Nathan. Thank you.

    I didn’t realize “…Nature found the study untenable”.

  14. Eos said, on September 20, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Somebody else already asked about water memory, rather politely. I get too worked about these things. I was the one who asked about her contradiction (saying she doesn’t treat diseases, but that her remedies can cure ANYTHING). I hope I wasn’t too rude.

  15. Desiree said, on September 20, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Hi Eos. 🙂

    As hosts, we want to strike a balance between curiosity, politeness, and skepticism. We’d like to provide a forum that will allow us to ask questions of people we don’t normally get to speak to, but in a way that confronts the guests with science, evidence and critical analysis. We also want to keep attracting guests.

    As a caller, you don’t have to worry about these petty things.

    Give ‘er.

    d

  16. Eos said, on September 20, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Thank you. Yes, there would be nothing without guests. I was holding back though, as I don’t think the poor guests could take a total shot of the Eos in Action. Just ask anyone on the science boards at http://www.randi.org 🙂

    Thanks so much for having this show and the guests. I admire how you can strike that balance.

  17. Nathan said, on September 20, 2008 at 5:10 am

    No problem Heather, I enjoyed the show too.

    I really wanted to talk about the treatment of serious diseases like cancer and HIV but I felt that somebody had to mention the fact that Benveniste is not considered to be a credible authority.

    I find it telling that she said that she does not treat disease. This leads me to ask if that is the case that why seek such treatment in the first place.

  18. Michael Vester said, on September 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Fortunately, I was able to listen to Q Transmissions in my car but I was not able to call in. Great show and I like the new format. There is a lot of subject material when it comes to skepticism.

    Homeopathy is not like astrology, numerology, tarot card reading or the many other wacky beliefs out there. The danger of homeopathy is that the victim may not seek medical help from a qualified medical practitioner.

    Most of the so called homeopathic cures listed on Jessica’s website are for relatively minor ailments. Often, these minor ailments will spontaneously go into remission without any intervention. Even serious medical conditions like cancer are known to go into spontaneous remission. If the victim was coincidently receiving homeopathic treatment when a serious problem went into remission, the homeopathic treatment would unjustly receive the credit. Jessica’s website does not have any cases where homeopathic treatments failed. I am sure there are plenty.

    When Jessica was asked to explain why homeopathic treatments work, she sounded like a script from Star Trek. Homeopathic treatment works because “insert techno babble here.” Her explanations consisted of misusing scientific terms like resonance and quantum. She obviously does not even know the meaning of these words.

    Heather brought out a very good point about the placebo effect. If the homeopathic victim believes that the treatment will work, often they feel better after receiving the treatment. Also, spending a great deal of time with the victim discussing the victim’s problems will have a positive effect on the victim’s well being.

    Homeopathy is a scam and it would not stand up to the scrutiny of scientific investigation. It is so ridiculous, I don’t think any scientist would waste their time investigating it. Homeopathy makes victims out of people that are desperate to find cures when scientific medicine fails to help them.

  19. Desiree said, on September 20, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Michael,

    I find it hilarious that no one can tell Heather and I apart on air. We need audio nametags or something. 🙂

    Look forward to an entire episode on the Placebo Effect in the coming months. There’s some controversy within the scientific community on how significant it’s effects are.

    Thanks for listening!

    d

  20. larry said, on September 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Desiree, I would like to introduce your program to a topic of professional investment provider malpractice. I have worked in it for 30 years and done a light documentary at http://www.breachoftrust.ca . CTV will be doing a program this Saturday Oct 1 on W5 about issues related to it. I was interviewed by them and may appear in the program.

    I have just learned about your program and I would love to talk to you about something that cost every Canadian about half their retirement dollars……..and makes malpractice practitioners fairly rich in the process.

    cheers and best

    larry elford
    Lethbridge Alberta
    (camping in BC until about friday or sat this week)


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