Taking Charge of Your Health

I have to do something now that seems a little
bit strange for a magician, but I’m going to take some medication. This is a full bottle of Calms Forte. I will take enough of these… indeed, the
whole container. (Jesus Christ!). That’s nasty! This is calms forte, 32 tablets of sleeping
pills! I forgot to tell you that. (What!). I just ingested six and a half days worth
of sleeping pills. (Eh… what!). 6 and a half days! That certainly is a fatal dosage… Says right on the back here, “In case of
overdose contact your poison control centre immediately”. (Zzz Zzz). Keep your seats – it’s going to okay,
I don’t really need it, because I’ve been doing this stunt for audiences all over the
world for the last 8 or 10 years! Taking fatal doses of homeopathic medicine
sleeping pills. Why don’t they affect me? This, is Homeopathy – Debunked! So let’s start by explaining exactly what
homeopathy is. Put simply, it’s an alternative medicine
(do you know what they call alternative medicine that works? Medicine), that asserts that “illnesses
can be treated with minute doses of substances that in large doses would produce symptoms
of the illness. Or as the creator of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann
put it, ‘like cures like’. For example, Aconitum is an extremely poisonous
plant that causes (among other symptoms) nausea, headaches and diarrhoea, and so homeopathic
advocates assert that because influenza causes the same symptoms, a homeopathic remedy for
influenza can be made from Aconitum. Now on the surface this might seem similar
to how vaccines work, but it’s not, and it’s dangerous to think that it is. To quote Richard Dawkins, “unlike a vaccine
that introduces a diminished form of a virus into the body in order to provoke its immune
system, ‘like cures like’ makes the unfounded assumption that what causes similar symptoms
can cure those symptoms.” Or in other words, vaccines prevent an illness
by exposing the body to a small amount of the illness, which causes the body to create
antibodies and become resistant; while homeopathy attempts to cure an illness by finding a substance
that causes similar symptoms, and then giving the body this substance in the smallest possible
dose… yeah, you heard that right – homeopathy asserts that the smaller the dose, the more
‘potent’ it is. So with that said, you might be wondering,
“How exactly is homeopathic ‘medicine’ made?” Well, to create a homeopathic remedy for influenza,
for example, a homeopathic ‘technician’ grinds Aconitum into a very coarse grain,
mixes it with either water, alcohol or a combination of the two, and then thoroughly shakes the
solution. From here, the ‘technician’ then mixes
one part of this solution with ten parts water, alcohol or a combination of the two, and then
puts it through a process called ‘succession’, which is a deliberately verbose way of saying
‘it’s shaken’. And finally, this process (which is called
‘potentization’) is repeated until the solution is as diluted as desired, which is
normally 30 times, which, to put this into perspective, means that you’d need to drink
8,000 gallons of the final solution to ingest one molecule of the original solution – (which
is more liquid than the average person drinks in twenty years!). So yeah… these may as well be caffeine! Now I’d like to think that just knowing
the principles behind homeopathy, how it’s made, the fact that it deliberately uses obfuscating
language, and the fact that it packages itself as if it’s real medicine, would be enough
to cause people to see it for the utter quackery that it is, but, if you’re like me, you’ll
want hard-science before you dismiss it entirely, and so, brace yourself… peer-reviewed papers
are coming! And this, is just a handful of them. In 2005, the medical journal, The Lancet,
conducted a meta-analysis of over 110 studies of homeopathy, and 110 studies of matched
conventional-medical studies, and found that “There was weak evidence for a specific
effect of homoeopathic remedies”, and that, “This finding is compatible with the notion
that the clinical effects of homoeopathy are placebo effects.” Or in other words, they found homeopathic
treatment to be as effective as sugar pills! Moving on, in 2006, the European Journal of
Cancer (who would endorse any successful treatment of cancer with open-arms) conducted a meta-analysis
of 6 studies, and found “insufficient evidence to support clinical efficacy of homeopathic
therapy.” And in that same year, the sympathetic Journal
of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, conducted a double-blind randomized controlled
trial of their own, and even they found homeopathy to be no more effective than placebo… And as if this wasn’t already enough, in
2015, Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (which is one of the biggest
medical authorities in the world) conducted an extremely rigorous meta-analysis of an
unbelievable 1,800 studies, and found that homeopathy causes no greater health improvements
than placebo! Now fortunately, due to studies such as these,
the NHMRC is not the only major medical authority to publically denounce homeopathy… in fact,
most do. To name but two more examples, the British
NHS has stated that, ‘There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a
treatment for any health condition’, and the American FTC has stated that “The FTC
will hold efficacy and safety claims for over the counter homeopathic drugs to the same
standard as other products making similar claims”, which has resulted in all homeopathic
‘medicine’ within America having to explicitly state that it’s “Not accepted by most
modern medical experts” and that “there is no scientific evidence that the product
works”… now I’ve got to say America, that’s cool… good job! As a Brit, I’m jealous… but then again,
when it comes to religion… Anyhow, now that we’ve established that
homeopathy is pseudoscience, let’s ask perhaps the most interesting question – why do so
many people claim to benefit from it? “You put that down solely to the homeopathic
remedy? I do, definitely. Which cured his cancer? Yes!” “It worked for me… and I would say to
other people, if you have problems, don’t knock it. Try it.” Well, to explain this, here’s the fantastic
YouTuber, Genetically Modified Skeptic: There are several factors to the illusion of homeopathy’s
legitimacy to the unknowledgeable potential consumer. One is the intuitive and overly simplistic
reasoning of common explanatory phrases such as “like cures like.” Such lines of reasoning pander to the lowest
common denominator, making the supposed mechanisms behind homeopathy seem so obvious that they
must be a reality. Another factor is the scientific sounding
descriptors homeopaths use for their various practices. This one is rather straight forward. Those marketing homeopathy use complex and
technical sounding terms in order to give the impression that homeopathy is sophisticated
enough of a practice to warrant such terms. Still, another is the fact that homeopathic
substances are very often sold in pharmacies, right next to evidence-based over the counter
medications. All of these things together afford homeopathy
an air of legitimacy. But still, I’m not convinced that there is
a factor that legitimizes this nonsense in the minds of most users more than personal
experience. Just like with religious people, you’d be
hard pressed to find a believer in homeopathy that holds their belief on separate grounds
from their own personal experience. Those who proclaim the benefits of homeopathy
do so because they have, more often than not, perceived benefits of its use in their own
lives. “I guess like a lot of people I fell in love with homeopathy because it rescued me in my finest hour.” “I had a very interesting personal story that really cemented for me the value of homeopathy.” “What I experienced with homeopathy was absolutely incredible!” But if homeopathy has been demonstrated not
to work, how could so many have perceived its benefits? Likely the most common reason is the unchecked
experience of the placebo effect. It’s well known in the real medical community
that the expectation of a symptom or a symptom’s relief can actually create that symptom or
its relief to a limited extent. This phenomenon is so common that in clinical
trials of any given medication, researchers must compare the effects of the medication
to the effects of placebo to ensure that the medication’s effects are more pronounced than
those of simple expectation. By the means I’ve mentioned here, homeopathic
substances and their purveyors create a powerful expectation in the mind of the user. This way, the user may perceive benefits of
homeopathy even though it totes not a single effect in its own right. Another phenomenon that may explain the perception
of benefit is the misinterpretation of a correlation between homeopathic treatment and the relief
of symptoms or disease. Someone guilty of such misinterpretation might
think something like the following: “I had a headache. I used a homeopathic treatment. My headache went away. Therefore, my headache must’ve subsided because
of the homeopathic treatment.” But, as the scientifically literate know,
correlation does not imply causation. And again, the medical community is so aware
of the issue of conflating the two, that certain controls are implemented in all clinical trials
in order to ensure that the effects observed are definitely a result of the treatment being
tested. Personal experiences do not have such controls,
and prove unreliable in accurately reflecting the effects of any single factor involved. Most simply put, a person might have the flu,
use a homeopathic treatment, get better, and then cite the miraculous effects of homeopathy,
when really, what cured them was their unaided immune system. These two possibilities are a huge part of
the reason why personal anecdotes are not and should not be excepted as evidence for
any medical treatment. However, upon closer examination of the culture
surrounding much of alternative medicine, it is apparent that people are encouraged,
just as in religious circles, to cite their personal experiences as evidence of their
treatments of choice. Not to engage in too much tinfoil hattery,
but it does prove a shrewd marketing tactic to encourage your customers to embrace and
tell others of their personal experiences with your product when your business is not
allowed to make medicinal claims. And, mostly unrelated to my bit of speculation
there, it does prove next to impossible to invalidate an emotion-packed personal experience
to the one who holds it. Because of this, personal experience, although
demonstrably unreliable, is fiercely defended as a means to prove the efficacy of homeopathy. Cheers Drew, I truly appreciate your input,
and I’m sure that you’ve intrigued my audience enough to check out your excellent
content (to which there are links below)! Please guys, do check him out – it would
be really cool if we could bump him to 3.5k subs! Anyhow, to recap, ‘homeopathy is quacktastic
pseudoscientific nonsense’, and like all alternative medicine, it’s dangerous, because
it encourages decent but ignorant people to take non-evidence based products over evidence-based
medicine, and the result is often (and needlessly) catastrophic! As always, thank you kindly for the view,
thank you Drew for taking the time to join me in this video, and of course, an extra
special thank to my kind patrons – you are, as always, awesome-incarnate! Oh, and on that note, the winner of this month’s
Patron of the Month is Russell TJ. You’ve won the book ‘Logically Fallacious’
by Bo Bennett – Congrats! I’ll PM you through the back-end of Patreon
with details. And finally, I’m going to leave you with
a quote from Dara O’Briain, “The great thing about homeopathy is that you can’t overdose
on it… but you can fucking drown! I’m sorry, it seems harsh, and I used to
be much more generous about it, but right now I would take homeopaths and I’d put
them in a big sack with psychics, astrologers and priests, and I’d hit them all with sticks! And I really wouldn’t worry about who got
the worse of the belt of the stick!”

95 thoughts on “Homeopathy – Debunked

  1. Homeopahty works. What you see in the field can't be justified by placebo. What's its mechanism of action? That's another thing, and less important for people who are going trhough intense suffering due to disease.

  2. I'm not sure you said his name, or if it was in the beginning of the video, but that little old guy is absolutely hilarious and wonderfully brilliant!!

  3. Okay, I thought homeopathy was silly! But I didn't know that it was this detrimental to people's well-being!! What an absolutely, obnoxiously, horrific industry! 🖕! 🖕 Those of you that are part of this industry should be ashamed of yourselves and all of you should be imprisoned!! You are all absolutely horrible, deplorable and a group of degenerates!!

  4. I have to say, you're one of the more entertaining intellectuals I've come across. Definitely one of the few people who make these types of videos who are both fully informed and amusing.

  5. Thank you for putting the links in the description. If only every video on YouTube did that, the world would be a better place. Subscribed. And subscribed to GMO Skeptic as well

  6. Of course, you must have heard about the homeopath who had to be taken to a hospital ER because of a massive underdose.

  7. I dont know if this would help in anyway but i have never been vaccinated and instead was done so homopathically thanks to my weird mother. Im still alive i dont have anything wrong with me as in allergies or anything.

  8. I’m an atheist but if a loved one wanted alternative medicine, i would rather they turn to religion. At least prayer is a free source of placebo.

  9. I don't like you for your views, I like you for your approach. I don't hate religion, and in fact follow one, but also recognize when my or others are being malicious or douchebagedly.

  10. homeopathist : I will give you something poisons to cure your poison. Me "what!?". Don't worry the more dilute it is the more good for you it is. Me "I am super glad you believe that. Make mine a super super strong one. In fact just wash it down the sink and it will get so dilute that when i drink tap water i will become super cured"

  11. Check our vaccines and debunk it too. It isnt just an antigen, it is grown on aborted fetuses, animal parts, has neurotoxic aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80 and many containaments. Vaccines cause tremendous harm and death and up to 8 injected into babies at a time. Triple the amount of injections than what people from the 80s. 79 doses by age 18 when 2 or 3 were given to our grandparents. Kids are very sick now. Homeopathy is originated from occultist and spiritist origins. We no longer use it.

  12. I find it bit sad to be honest. I'm pretty sure Hahneman was definitely onto something, but so was Jesus, and people instead of learning something out of it, they just like making shit into gospels 😀 )) Even the ancients greeks said "let thy food by thy medicine, and thy medicine by thy food" which is quite wonderful. Now Haneman made 2 claims, one that "like cures like" and the second was that by diluting the potion, it becomes stronger. These quackers however, instead of using all the advancements we now have in medicine and tech, to test out the perfect dilution of substances, which Hahneman surely would have had he lived today !! they use tech to dilute substances into fucking oblivion ! I'm pretty sure that even Hahneman himself would agree that this is rubbish, as he himself used actual plants and diluted them enough to get rid of the side effects, not ALL of the effects ! so I'm sad because medicine could have taken a much more healthy path, of treating causes, rather than mere symptoms, while on the other hand we're dealing with humans here. Humans don't want treatments, they want quick fixes to release the pain instantly, so here we are. Bottom line is, our stomachs, livers and kindneys did not evolve to process pure chemicals, but complex biological forms like veggies and fruit and plants. Feed any other animal the same shit we eat today and then be amazed at all the diseases they get. We got to a point where the technological advancements can't be financially supported by our actual needs. Buying a juicer is probably not going to finance medicine and so, you're obviously going to advertise for medication, even if it goes against the oath to make no harm. It's quite sad on both fronts really..

  13. Dude, you got it wrong. The fewer pills you take the stronger the effect is supposed to be (as homeopathy states). Therefore, you will overdose if you don't take any of those pills. Wait!


    A few of the thousands of studies for the intellectual not gainsays or talking heads which the internet creates. People who study.

  15. Homeopathy is not 'alternative medicine' as it is not medicine since it doesn't do any of the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

  16. Can you imagine a homeopathic fireman? Can you imagine the chaos? Showing up to a burning building with a flamethrower.

  17. Let's for arguments sake say that this was given out for free, and never to "cure" serious illness etc. Would it then actually not be better than the, in some cases, overuse of medicine to help with, well, everything that we really shouldn't use real medicine with real risks to treat/in that amount some do?
    Not that it could ever work, but you could probably/maybe make 1/3 over the counter painkiller homeopathic placebo and a lot of people would not really be the wiser.

  18. I like you and I dislike homeopathy but you use the argument it's as powerful as placebo. I have to disagree, me and many others find placebos very powerful where homeopathy is s***

  19. But homeopathy does help calcium deficiency that was visible on my cheeks
    It did help me I took them as point sized dose and powders.

  20. Can you debunk "dr" sebi's claims? Pleaaaasssssseeeeeeeee. I'd love to have a well thought out and evidence based video I can just post every time I argue with his gullible followers. Instead of tracking down each source individually. His claims are actually dangerous to the public so I think it's a video worth doing.

  21. Well it’s obvious why homeopathy is still believed by some and it’s because of women, women always seem to have gaps in their intellect like how so many women believe in magic, astrology, fortune tellers and essential oils.

  22. If homeopathy is as good as the placebo effect and the placebo effect is being used to do operations on people without the need for pain relief, then you are giving homeopathy far more credit than you intended, especially as there is no way you could ever debunk the placebo effect.

  23. I can never watch a homeopathy video without thinking of this.

  24. I agree with everything said about homeopathy here. However, just one thing about about that Tim Minchin quote. Not all mainstream medicine works either. In fact, many people die every year from taking proper medication as prescribed. Antidepressants have been shown to be not much more effective than placebo, and often with bad side effects. So you're right, homeopathy is bollocks…but unfortunately much of mainstream medicine is bollocks too.

  25. People are strange about these things. Its like they want to believe some bullshit rather than reality. Maybe because the bullshit may be a simpler thing to understand. For example, my mother got a blood clot in her head about 8 or 9 years ago. She had Alzheimer's disease as it was but she had really declined in health and become essentially a vegetable. Doctors couldnt figure out the cause of the decline for ages but eventually they found a clot about the size of a €2 coin on her brain. So a neurosurgeon opened up her skull and took this blood clot out and put her skull back together again and when she woke up and was once again able to move and dress herself and live some kind of a life her sister piped up and claimed credit for the "miracle" declaring with pride that she "knew that medal of our lady that i put under her pillow would do the trick"!!! I felt like exploding. I was so angry. What made it worse is that she made this declaration in front of the very surgeon who had put in so many years of education and practice to be the "miracle worker" that she had actually become. So when someone tells me they believe in alternative medicine i think that some one in my own family believes in miracles. Can anyone guess what the same woman said when i asked "so what was this god at when he let her get Alzheimer's in the first place?"…………. that's right, we're not to question gods plan and i was an arsehole to even bring it up!! Sorry for the long comment. If you've read this far, thank you:)

  26. Nothing scientific here.
    You're entitled to your opinion, but your opinion is horseshit!!
    Many classical logical fallicies here… this video must have been paid for by the pharmaceutical industry.

  27. So, why don't you now debunk VACCINATIONS!!! ?
    Or pharma drugs?
    Oh no…. your sponsor would not like that. 😅😅😅

  28. Another guy who DOES NOT understand how the world works and bases his arguments on retarded 21st century materialistic physics.

  29. Great video. I was once told by a homeopathic doctor (my uncle, who had prescribed such medication for me) after some years, that homeopathic medication is just a placebo. I had told my mom not to waste money on such medication but she refused to listen, eventually I just stopped taking it on my own. It was a huge drain on the pocket and extremely annoying to be put on medication after medication.

  30. Homeopathy is quackery, so what's on the chopping block next? Herbs, vitamins and minerals? I want to take the natural medicine route. I thought we humans are supposed to use our minds to figure out cures that carry out the first tenet of the Hippocratic Oath: "Do no harm." I see on television all these drug advertisers peddling their wares through supposed joyous individuals. The kicker is ALL the side effects these drugs have. Are rationalists and atheists, as a whole, buying big shares in the pharmaceutical companies? Why are rationalists and atheists pushing drugs that knowingly do the body more harm than good? Sounds like greed and gleeful euthanasiasts are what rationalists and atheists are becoming. Vaccines are loaded with a lot of filth such as mercury, fetal fluid from aborted babies, etc. Rationalists and atheists are pushing vaccines to do more harm than good. For shame!!!! Bill Gates Foundation is pushing for vaccines loaded with birth control medications foisted on third world countries. How many people must die, fellow rationalists and atheists? Vaccines CAN be made without all the filth put in them. Fellow rationalists and atheists, be for life and health not death and suffering.

  31. About 2 years ago, I wento to an“ homeophaty doctor“ because I have some kind of illness, and one month passed (she gave me some drops to drink ) I finally stoped the “medicine“ because I never felt any kind of improvement.

  32. It would be great if it worked, feeding dead people cyanide would resurrect them if it was true.

    They don't even believe it themselves, the more dilute the more powerful it is and when it was tested and there wasn't a single molecule of the substance present they changed it to "the essence of a molecule spreads to the other molecules".

    That would mean that all molecules on earth have the properties of hydrogen.

    Don't light your grill, son, you'll blast into a ball of fire.

  33. Every patient will come to homeopathy after visiting allopathic doctor, homeopathy cures wr allopathy fails ,if allopathy works for alll disease then tr is no place for alternative systems simple logic

  34. I watched a video about this on Ted Ed. They also debunked it as a placebo

    They talk about dilution to an extent that there isn't even a molecule of the thing that is being diluted. They talk about the spirit of the molecule bring there.

    There's a problem with our education system

  35. I feel like they're missing a huge market in weight loss. Like cures like: eat now fat to lose fat!
    Bring on bacon and cupcakes

  36. its very weird actually. My mom is an homeopath and my dad was her biggest skeptic. But in recent years he is changed his mind from "this is ridiculous" to "I dont know what the hell is behind it but sometimes it has work on me, I'll be damned"

  37. Ever thought of tackling other alternative medicines like acupuncture or chiropractic? An alarming amount of people seem to buy into them.

  38. Because of this video, I have learned the dangers of homeopathy… Moreover, I have learned that "quackery" is a real word. …And it's now my favorite.

  39. The more dilute, the more potent….

    I will drink water.
    Over the years, the water had some of everything, but was then diluted trillions of times. This would clearly be an overdose, but cure me of everything at the same time.

  40. You know that this psudeo science has colleges ,lot of syllabus,lot of medicines around 4000 if any one really think homeopathy simply grown fuck of u prama companies 🤣🤣

  41. I will admit to using homeopathic 'teething tablets' for my son when he was teething (at 2 months old), but I honestly didn't know what to do since the baby Orajel would just come off his lil gums 5 seconds after applying… deep sigh He's 5 now, and we know much better.

  42. When a doctor in Germany states Homeopathy is just quackery he gets charged with about 5000€. I'm not even kidding. It's illegal to say in Germany that this stuff is nothing more but the placebo effect

  43. Like for like does work in certain circumstances, where the body doesn't actually have any symptoms, but the brain things that it does, this causes the symptoms to seem to reduce because the real symptom overrides the perceived symptom.

    Acupuncture works by stimulating pain in areas of the body, and this creates a baseline for pain which is pleasurable (think bdsm), or raising the pain threshold so that the previous pain doesn't seem so bad, it also sticks people with needle which cases muscles to contract in reaction, these contractions can reduce musculature stress, by "resetting them", causing them to relax beyond the previous tightness when stimulus is removed, for some it is extremely effective.

    Furthermore pills containing some product that is to say pills that have an actual ingredient and aren't just diluted whatever in water, can have benefits similar to vitamins, while this does not make them medicine or less than over=priced vitamins, the effect of our gut biome is poorly understood, and "poop therapy" giving a sick person healthy stool in a pill, has had some interesting although yet unverified studies Read "Fecal Microbiota Transplantation and Its Usage in Neuropsychiatric Disorders. " and works for curing certain from of bacterial infections.

    In this vein some pills may actually cure conditions, for instance Iron has been shown to be helpful for anciexty as it's a symptom of an iron deficiency.

    Similar content of pill may have similar but undocumented effects, and it is important to note this, in areas such as the brain, and gut, we honestly don't know how these things work, so scientific studies are limited.

    That said, no alternative medicine has any effect beyond delivering a substance to the body, and it would be ridiculous to suggest as such.

    Not all of these "cure" have any effect, however, some do have merit, even pills made out of sugar have a placebo effect, which is in itself a form of merit for those in poor health.

  44. I got metastasised lung cancer in 2007 and the only reason im here now is because i went too the grocery store and bought/ate 6 thai red peppers a day. big pharma is real. you all might be hopeless. Im an atheist btw.

  45. My mother suffers from 3 kinds of headaches.
    Technically 4. Chemical headache from painkillers.

    She went to a homeopath, got her remedy, did as she was supposed to for a week. For 2 years, she suffered NO migraines, no horton's. As it turns out, most who try homeopathy, have the same 2 year limit.
    It might be placebo, it might be that she slept 2 minutes longer a day, who knows, who cares, but she had no pains for 2 years, something that was deeply treasured.

  46. So what's the placebo effect then? Does personal experience become invalid in the light of scientifically repeated/observable study? Is it a phenomena worth studying in itself? Or simply a channel to dismiss personal experience, undiscovered science, or the ilk of either? hmmm

  47. 1:48 Wrong. Don´t call it alternative medicine, because it isn´t.
    You can sort treatment methods roughly in 3 categories.
    1. evidently effective
    2. not evidently effective
    3. Evidently not effective

    Homeopathy is in the 3rd category and an evidently not effektive method is in no way an alternative to an evidently effective method.
    The quacks call it alternative medicine, so people would associate it with medicine. But seriously, there is just medicine and quackery, not medicine and alternative medicine.
    So let´s call it what it is. Quackery.

  48. You cherry picked your peer reviewed papers. I don't believe in homeopathy but what should we do about research institutions who claim that they do have scientific evidence that homeopathy works?

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