Posted: May 25, 2010 11:22 am
by Mr.Samsa
Dr. Nancy Malik wrote:
generalsemanticist wrote:It is truly sad to see this obsession with "double blind" studies. It seems like a futile attempt to establish a one cause => one effect model which is very simplistic. It is, however, very useful for companies with drug patents to make large amounts of money. There have been over a thousand "double blind" studies of statin drugs, for example. You will not see these studies done (by private companies) if there are no patents involved so please stop using this irrelevant argument ad nauseum. You need to look at the larger picture of health and realize that you cannot separate the brain from the body and if healing can be accomplished by any means that is what is important.

Double-blind trials are perfect for conventional medicine, because they have specific medicines for a particular diagnostic condition, hence it is apt to see how the chosen medicine fares for that condition in a trial.

In Homeopathy, we do not treat diseases based on their medical diagnosis, but remedies are chosen based on the individualizing features of each case, hence 100 patients of, say, high blood pressure, may probably need 100 different remedies, each patient receiving a remedy to suit him/her best.

If the efficacy of Homeopathy medicine needs to be analyzed, it has to be done on cases which are under Homeopathic treatment, according to the laws of Homeopathic practice where the remedies have been chosen for each patient according to their individuality.

The concept of disease in homeopathy is that disease is a total affection of mind and body, the disturbance of the whole organism

That's fine, but that just means that you can't do large scale RCTs on homeopathy (assuming we accept your logic) - it does not mean you can't run small-N statistics which are designed to test for statistical significance in highly individualized treatments or experiments. Do you have any references to studies that have done controlled ABAB designs to test the efficacy of homeopathy?

If so, then just post them as they are just as reliable at establishing causation as RCTs.