Is homeopathy dangerous? After the most recent smear campaign and the FDA’s announcement that it will crackdown on “risky” homeopathic products, I bet you’re dying to know. Allow me to answer this question for you in the least amount of words possible:
That’s it. We can stop there if you want. No further discussion needed. Homeopathy is not dangerous, has never been dangerous, and by design will never be dangerous … unless we’re comparing it to the dangers of taking the stairs two at a time, drinking water, or chewing gum, in which case … it’s still not dangerous.
I know what you’ve read online but it’s simply not true. These articles were written by people who have no training in homeopathy whatsoever and quoted people with glaring financial interests in pharmaceutical companies, with an end goal of scaring you away from homeopathy and towards regulations and products that are far more expensive and actually do kill people on the regular.
Here’s What You Need to Know:
Homeopathy has been around for over 200 years and is the second largest therapeutic system in the world. It is based on the concept that like cures like – that something taken in smaller amounts will cure something it causes in larger amounts, and involves taking a minimum dose of a natural substance geared towards a person’s individual symptoms and level of health.
Homeopathy is safe, has caused about zero deaths, and can be used by people of all ages from babies to pregnant women. Oh, you heard that homeopathic teething tablets killed babies? Absolutely not true (or at the very least, not proven). That’s why you don’t see people in other countries (who use homeopathy far more than we do) freaking out and why these claims literally popped up over night.
But what about the dosage?
Homeopathy haters will either tell you that homeopathic remedies are so diluted that you’re basically just taking a sugar pill, or will scare you into thinking you’re taking a poisonous substance. I find it ironic considering the same people targeting homeopathic remedies promote medications and vaccinations containing large, concentrated, and measurable amounts of carcinogens, neurotoxins, and hazardous wastes. But hey, I’m not the hypocrisy police. I’m just here to break it down for you.
On each homeopathic remedy you’ll see a dose (e.g. 200C or 30X). The letter after the number indicates the number of times it has been diluted and agitated. The “X” means a substance is diluted via a 1:10 ratio. The “C” means it has been diluted via a 1:100 ratio. So, if you’re taking 200C of chamomilla, that means one drop of the herbal tincture is mixed with 100 drops of water (which also contains a small amount of ethyl alcohol as a preservative). It is then agitated (or sucussed) to produce a 1C potency. Then, one drop of the 1C tincture is mixed with 100 drops of the solution to yield a 2C potency. After 200 cycles of that … you have a 200C solution. The more it is diluted, the stronger it becomes.
I know this makes zero sense, but hang with me. You’ll be told that it isn’t possible for something to be stronger the more it is diluted because it contains less of the properties of the substance you’re taking, right? But you have to understand that homeopathic remedies aren’t taken for their chemical properties. The repetitive dilution and sucussion impart a patterning of molecules – and the more it goes through this process, the stronger the pattern imparted. It is not and has never been meant to work like drugs work on the body. Homeopathy is a completely different field of medicine that works in a completely different way.
Does Homeopathy Really Work?
Ya’ll … homeopathy would not have survived 200+ years and be used in literally every other country if it didn’t. Clearly we have something here or the FDA would pay no mind to this little sugar pill that doesn’t work. Don’t take my word for it though, take the next year of your life off and stroll through the PubMed database where you can literally spend days pouring over the studies that legitimize homeopathy.
Here’s my caveat though: For some people, homeopathy works. This is great because these people can avoid antibiotics which destroy gut flora, teething gels with mercury, Tylenol which disturbs methylation, and toxic drugs which ALWAYS have some sort of negative effect on the body and addresses only surface symptoms. Homeopathy is inexpensive, safe, and does the job for a lot of people. It empowers individuals and parents with the tools they need to address whatever comes their way and has done so for centuries.
For others, homeopathy doesn’t work … but that doesn’t mean it’s bunk. It means homeopathy might not be the right modality for that person at that time. That individual might need a different remedy or a different potency, or it may not be effective because in natural medicine we know that some people respond better to herbs, nutritional therapy, essential oils, or other healing modalities. Homeopathy is very specific to someone’s constitution and symptoms, and at times, a different modality may be better suited than a homeopathic remedy (and that’s okay!).
This is it people. This is what homeopathy is and what it does. It’s not scary. It’s not snake oil. It’s not voodoo or woo. It doesn’t contain poisonous substances – at least at an amount that would have any effect on you whatsoever, and it works for a lot of people.
If you want to be scared of poisons you should take a look at the glyphosate in your food, the heavy metals in processed cereals, hormones in your meat, and aluminum adjuvants in vaccines. If you don’t believe what I’ve said here is true, look into the backgrounds of the physicians quoted in the articles circulating online and you’ll see their glaring financial interest in pharmaceutical companies and lack of training in homeopathy. If you need more, look at how many billions of dollars have been awarded to people damaged by homeopathic remedies.
Oh … wait, there aren’t any.
Don’t fall for the misleading propaganda that homeopathy doesn’t work, is dangerous, or is snake oil. There’s a reason why it has been around for so long and why people all over the world use it. As always, work with someone trained in homeopathy to help you choose the right remedy, always take what you get at the right dosage, and don’t let fear be a motivating factor for your choices.