A Visit to the Homeopath

A Visit to the Homeopath
Most of us in reality-based medicine do not partake of pseudo-medicines. We would no more spend money on reiki or acupuncture than we would on a psychic reading or a unicorn ride.

So while I am well acquainted with the book learnin' of pseudo-medicines, I have rarely partook of them. On the other hand, I have also never taken most of the medications or surgeries I might recommend. I do remember years ago one patient years strongly suggesting I try his anti-psychotic before prescribing it to others. I passed on his suggestion.

So it is always interesting to read accounts of those who visit a pseudo-medicine provider. They are often patients with specific complaints or journalists in search of a story. They often appear to lack a basic understanding of the pseudo-medicine they are investigating, taking whatever is told them at face value. These are often puff pieces, verging on advertisement, that make up much of the click bait I seem particularly susceptible to. So many rat holes to fall down.

What It's Like to Go Through a Homeopathic Health Assessment came through my feeds today. It is in the website StyleCaster, a fashion and beauty site. The author, Victoria Moorhouse, writes predominantly about cosmetics, hair and beauty products and I suspect she has never read, say, the Science-Based Medicine site. Not that I expect her to; most people do not care or have the time to become acquainted with the topics discussed on SBM. As such she perhaps is a window on what an educated person, Jill Public, experiences when visiting a pseudo-medical provider.

The homeopath starts with the usual trope:

Homeopathy is a form of natural medicine that treats the whole person

Nope. See the aforementioned SBM. There are the usual buzzwords: "root cause" and "stimulating the body's innate healing mechanism" and "boosts the immune system" and "balance."

It all sounds good, as long as you do not bother to dig deeper. If Ms. Moorhouse thought to explore the validity of those statements to discover that homeopathic nostrums are literally nothing and can have no effect, it was not mentioned in the article. But as I say, these types of articles are not meant to be serious explorations of a topic. At least I hope so.

Then she undergoes a Electro Interstitial Scam (EIS), er I mean scan, yet another form of galvanic skin response measurement that is, in my opinion, total nonsense.

It's not 100 percent accurate and there are differing opinions on homeopathy in general, but the info it is meant to scan is pretty impressive.

I guess zero is not 100%, but it sounds like she was snowed by the bs. It happens all the time to people if they know little about a topic. The machine

provides a thorough assessment of organ function, toxicity levels, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormone imbalance, immune function, body composition, oxygenation and stress levels.

Sounds like a tricorder. Why don't we offer this amazing machine in my hospital instead of relying on blood tests, x-rays, etc? Because it has no validation in the medical literature?. Because there is no mechanism by which such a machine could measure all those parameters? Perhaps we are just behind the times.

There are many variations of this kind of product, I have written about one here.

But who is going to argue with a

futuristic-looking piece of equipment

that is combined with what appear to be the techniques of cold reading? Not the author.

For example, some levels indicated I may have been under some stress, which wasn't entirely false, while others read that I may have been in-taking too much sodium. Given the fact that my salt shaker had been empty for about a year, I was a little confused. After discussing this with the homeopath though, she brought up the fact that eating prepared foods could be a culprit. Ding, ding, ding. Another level read that I could have been eating too many sweets. Given the fact that the past week was filled with birthday parties and probably too much chocolate, that sounded about right.

After 90 minutes of pseudo-medicine, the author had a sheaf of papers for life changes and felt good about the experience:

if you're looking for a natural way to remedy a problem in a noninvasive way or want to shape up your diet, it's worth an investigation.

I wonder if the homeopaths ever suggest products not sold at the store, or do they just happen to have the nostrum right there in the store?

Give that the opinion of a homeopath is likely less than useless and the EIS has not a validated diagnostic tool for most of the mentioned diseases such as

vitamin and mineral deficiencies, toxicity, organ function, hormone balance, viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, digestive disorders, stress & food intolerance.

All I can do as an ID doctor when I read that the machine can diagnosis "viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites" is shake my head in awe at total pseudo-science.

What would it cost? $80 for a 60 minute homeopathic consultation and 200 dollars for the health assessment that includes the BioEnergetic scan. You could really rack up some serious expense and one customer mentioned

She put my hands and feet on a metal machine and that was supposed to dignose me. ummmmm..in only 3 "magic minutes". Well, I came home, googled the machine and it's on every Quack Watch web site you can find. I wish I looked it up before I paid for it. Well, after spending over $600 and promising Urvi I would give her herbs 28 days to work, I still wasn't feeling well so I went and had a full blood work up. Turns out I am in the danger zone, with anemia… I wish I knew I was anemic last month when I saw her, but how would she diagnose that without blood work? Come on…that machine is a joke.

As I say, it is a puff piece about a company that sells cosmetics by a website that writes about those products. No conflict of interest there I am sure.

I would be disinclined towards believing the authors conclusions that this a useful assessment of health, only perhaps, an assessment of credit rating. I would suggest a little more research into the topics of homeopathy and the EIS machine.

And keep in mind that these sorts of suggestions are not necessarily benign.

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