If we accept that “stuff“ has the homeopathic property of Similia similibus curentur, or “like cures like“ (also called the law of similars), and if serial dilution,or potentization, makes stuff stronger, then diluting stuff in water until there is not even a molecule left (10 to the neg 9th power), makes the strongest stuff.
Since we use water in our homeopathic remedy, and we know that there is good stuff and bad stuff in the water, therefore the less stuff in our water the stronger the stuff in it is. If the potency of the good stuff is increased, then the potency of the bad stuff also is increased.
Therefore, potentization either does not increase potency of stuff, or potentized “bad stuff“ cancels out potentized “good stuff.”
Let’s say we wish to treat allergic rhetinitis with sodium chloride, so we start with sodium chloride and water. We add more water and shake. We keep adding more water and shake until we get to our desired “potency.“ We know the water has minute amounts of contaminants, salts, and other minerals as well, yet we see no increased detrimental effects from contaminants or increased benefits from other minerals, therefore we can reason that there is no increased effectiveness from the dilution of sodium chloride and other salts and minerals, or the potency of the sodium chloride and other salts and minerals are canceled by the potency of the rhetinitis causing agents and other contaminants.
Therefore, dilution by succession either does not increase effectiveness of sodium chloride and other minerals, or potentized rhetinitis causing agents and other contaminants cancels out potentized sodium chloride and other minerals.
Considering this, how can you make a placebo to compare against a homeopathic remedy? How can you assure clean water for the homeopathic solution?
In my town, the tap water can have as much as 225 parts per million of fecal coliform contamination without causing people to get sick.
Why is it that contaminants are considered less likely to cause sickness or disease if there are less of them?
There are trace amounts of contaminants in all water, and there are also trace amounts of minerals. Water has existed for billions of years and has been potentially exposed to all the stuff on earth: there should be some pretty potent stuff in water.
The homeopathic principle of water memory, if possible, would overthrow some of our current basic and fundamental theories of physics, chemistry, and pharmacology.
About ten years ago I got a cyst on my knee from a miniscus tear. I injured myself in a skiing accident.
My leg healed "on its own" before the surgery because of self treatment. The orthopedic surgeon said this was impossible. Good thing I didn't believe him, eh?
Anyways, doctors have been "healing" their patients for hundreds of years with placebos, it was only a matter of time before they used placebo surgery!
After writing this article the video was removed, but here is a similar one:
In the original video, doctors faked scraping the cartilage off of two veterans knees. They just stabbed them a couple of times in the knees and pretended to do the surgery.
I was scheduled for the same knee surgery (they were SUPPOSED to do on these Vets) in order to repair the torn meniscus cartilage.
My orthpopedic surgeon told me that these injuries NEVER heal on their own. The cartilage must either be partially or completely removed in order for the body to rebuild it.
The operation was very expensive (over $7,000 just for the surgery) and I was self-insured at the time, so I got scheduled for surgery at a teaching hospital hundreds of miles away. It would only cost me 100 dollars. While waiting the three months to get the surgery (since I was in so much pain) I figured why not self treat?
I tried prayer, Reike a sort of (almost) laying on of hands, garlic wraps, and lots of other alternative stuff. I even made a flute that served as a cane. I would lay the cane flute across my leg and play for hours.
When I finally arrived at the hospital for my surgery the cyst was gone and so was the pain. At the entry examination, my new orthopedic surgeon advised surgery was not called for. This is because, as he said, "Obviously you didn't have a meniscus tear, as these never heal."
Was it a false diagnosis by a prominent surgeon? Was the surgeon and the intern ill informed? Probably I healed naturally, because I waited through the pain!
In the video: ”…it's [the placebo] probably the strongest and most comprehensive drug that we have."
That's saying a lot about drug efficacy, Doc!
Unfortunately, since I have been conditioned for it, I always have nasty (nocebo) side effects.
AND in a similar vein: I planted some artificial flowers in the garden and today artificial bees were swarming all around them.
Speaking about one particular study, the psychologist says,
”The difference between the drug and the placebo was 2 points...That's a very small difference... clinically it is meaningless."
Yep, little difference between a real drug and a fake one. For a drug to be considered efficacious it must out perform a placebo... nothing!
In the third segment we see that it doesn't matter whether it is the belief in God or the placebo as "God and the Placebo effect are unpredictable healers."
"one in three benefit from placebo..." but Researcher Professor Benadenti thinks he can make placebos beneficial to all persons. He's boosted the effect from 30% to 90% by lying and deceiving his patients.
Finally, many researchers think that the placebo effect works only if you don't know it's a placebo.
They are, therefore, self justified in their deceit. But, as one researcher says, we can exploit the placebo effect without lying to the patient. "It works as long as you consider it medicine." So, as long as I believe it's medicine and can convince you it is medicine...gottcha!
Bottom line seems to be that whether placebo, God, healer, hypnotism (or power of suggestion), the underlying mechanism is supposedly that it is belief that some how triggers God, healing power, or the mind to initiate or accelerate the healing process(es). Or, perhaps it is, as we are told ”...with a little bit of magic we can make ourselves well."
It seems that there is a common thread of deceit throughout religion, faith healing and medicine. The priest tells you God will heal you, the faith healer tells you he or she heals you, or the doctor tells you the little red pill will heal you. But is it taking the higher ground by telling you your healing will take place because placebos ARE medicine?
Medicare Scams - How To Make A Killing
Ever wonder why Medicare is going Broke? Let me break it down for you.
My parents both use catheters on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at just my dad’s costs. Dad caths twice a day so he gets 60 catheters per month. He also uses Betadine Swabsticks as part of the process.
The company he gets them from operates out of a small, poorly lit warehouse in the warehouse district of South West San Antonio. The Doctor faxes the Medicare information to the company once a year which consists of diagnosis, how many catheters are needed per day and why.
The company, South Texas Medical, bills Medicare and the insurance company, Tri-care, $564.48.
The package arrives once a month with a packing slip from another company, McKesson Gulf South Medical Supply. The insert lists their item numbers along with unit weights for the catheters and the Betadine swabs. No unit prices are mentioned.
Later, dad receives a Summary of the Claims Processed from Tricare showing that South Texas Medical was paid for A4352 MEDICAL AND SURGIC.
Tricare paid $83.88 and the government Medicare office paid $328.81 for a total of $412.69.
The following is satire:
Checking on line I see I can purchase the catheters anywhere from 59 cents each to as high as 4 dollars. The swabsticks vary from $40.99 to $199 per case. A case contains 200 swabsticks.
Being a frugal shopper, I purchase the swabsticks at $40.99 and the case of catheters for $351.00. Shipping is free. My cost is $391.99. RETAIL.
I set up a company called MonkE’s Medical Supplies and ask dad’s Doctor to send the information to me. I bill Tricare 565.48 but they only pay 412.69. I make a profit of $21. (satire to show how it could be done)
Not a problem, because I ship dad 60 each of the Betadine swabs and catheters leaving me with 240 catheters and 120 swabsticks. I’ll still be able to get paid for two more shipments at 412.69 before needing to order more Betadine swabsticks, and I’ll have 120 catheters left. So I’ll buy one more case of swabsticks to go with the next two shipments of catheters.
I’m paying 20.5 cents for swabs and 75 cents for catheters, or roughly 96 cents each for the pair. We’ll call this a unit. I’m getting paid 8.86 per unit. Shipping costs are minimal and I am operating out of my garage so overhead is low.
In ten months I spend 3919.90 plus shipping and get paid 4126.90 for a profit of 207 bucks. I spend that for shipping and break even. However, I have 2400 catheters and 1200 swabsticks in stock. So the next 10 months I’ll make $412.69 per month (minus shipping and costs). I’ll still have 1800 catheters and 600 swabsticks.
Of course, I’m a real entrepreneur so I talk to dad’s friends and the doctor and drum up enough business to pay someone else to do all the work for me while I’m sitting on the beach drinking Mai Tais and socking away a lot of cash for my retirement.
I get a wholesale licensing agreement with the manufacturers and bulk mail deal with the carrier service, and my costs are reduced to 30 cents per unit. I’m still getting 8.86 per unit and living it up in the Bahamas. Thank you Medicare!
Next week, I’ll tell you how I added multiple businesses and products using my relatives and how we all buy from each other marking up the product so that we look reasonable in our profit margins and don’t anger government officials. Of course, the holding company gets all the profits and distributes it amongst my family members with all the benefits and security of a corporation.
Mom and Dad paid part A Medicare out of their paychecks for over 60 years, and pay 188 each ($376) every month since they turned 65 for part B, so don't feel bad for the government.
By the way, I talked to the Medicare office and told them what was happening. I was told that Medicare leaves the decision of where the patient gets their supplies to the patient. All Medicare cares about is if the supplier is on their approved list. Getting approved is a very easy process for the supplier.
How to make a Killing Out of the Living, or, How to Make A Living Out of Killing - With Pharmaceuticals.