Posted: Jun 21, 2010 5:20 am
by orpheus
Dr. Nancy Malik wrote:
Shrunk wrote:Probably one of the most spectacular successes in the history of "allopathic" medicine has been the implementation of public sanitation programs. I can't think of a better example of treating a problem at its roots, and it is the kind of think that homeopathy and "alternative" medicine would have been completely incapable of producing. (Since, as we have seen here, they don't believe pathogens actually are responsible for disease.)

Homeopathic Firsts

From this website:

In 1792 he advocated healthy accommodation for the sick. [1] This view was not taken up widely until Florence Nightingale produced evidence confirming its importance in 1854.
In 1795 he advocated improvements in public hygiene measures. [2] Such improvements only appeared towards the end of the nineteenth century and were a major reason for reduction in mortality rates before 1914. [3]
In 1809 he was publicly opposed to the common treatment of bloodletting, and a justification published later shows that his reasons are the same as are given today. [4,5]
Hahnemann was the first to employ the scientific method to develop a medical system. He employed a combination of detailed research of past and contemporaneous medical records and toxicological reports, observation, experiment and theory-construction. His arguments about the relationship of treatment to illness were supported by references to the work and observations of others. [6,7]
Homeopathy was the first medical system to conduct scientific trials of medicines before using them to treat the sick. [8,9]
By 1831 homeopathy had become the first medical system to adopt the concept of micro-organisms in its explanation of health and disease, some 60 years before Koch saw them through a microscope. [10]
Homeopathy was the first medical system to recognise that those organisms could evolve, some 30 years before Darwin published On the Origin of Species. [11]
By 1841 Hahnemann had identified the need for healthy housing and a healthy diet, including avoidance of excess use of sugar and salt. [12] This has become an important issue today.
By 1827 Hahnemann recognised that it was insufficient to "look on matter as dead mass, for from its interior can be elicited incredible and hitherto unsuspected powers." [13] The extent of such powers is still being investigated by physicists.

What I find interesting is that the items I've highlighted in bold above are things you've been arguing against. (Scientific method, trials, micro-organisms causing disease)