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In which Orac does his part to increase awareness of homeopathy in honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week

Today, April 10, is the first day of World Homeopathy Awareness Week (WHAW), or, as I like to call it, World Sympathetic Magic Awareness Week. Now, given my dim view of homeopathy, in which I view it as nothing more than, well, sympathetic magic, you’d think I wouldn’t want people to pay attention to WHAW. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is because I view homeopathy as nothing more than quackery based on magical thinking that I actually want people to be aware of it, starting with some of the more hilarious bits that homeopaths have published over the last year. Like this bit:

Which I had some fun with here.

Or this bit:

Which I also had some fun with here.

All of which is why this is the best homeopathy poster ever:


In fact, these two videos probably demonstrate the utter ridiculousness of homeopathy better than almost anything else, which is why I present them again in honor of WHAW. First, there’s the already classic Mitchell and Webb sketch, even though it’s maybe a year old:

Here’s an oldie but goodie, Homeopathic E.R.:

Finally, stand up comedy can be perfect for deconstructing nonsense like homeopathy:

David Mitchell and Dara O’Briain even talk about O’Briain’s bit:

There. I trust I’ve done my part to spread awareness of homeopathy in honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week. However, there are still six days to go. Here’s hoping we find some more fun to have with homeopaths before next Friday rolls around.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

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22 replies on “In which Orac does his part to increase awareness of homeopathy in honor of World Homeopathy Awareness Week”

How about a pool on when Nancy Malik spams this post? My money is on comment #12.

I think there should be a “Scientific” Homeopathy Awareness Month.

Isn’t promoting “homeopathy awareness” contrary to the principles of homeopathy? Shouldn’t less public knowledge of it make it more effective? Shouldn’t Nancy Malik be saying “Let’s dilute the message…”?

Fly! Fly my pretties!

The Shit and Sugar poster is fairly high resolution on my blog. Get them onto campus bulletin boards in every hall of Quackademic Medicine. If anyone wants high res PDFs for really big prints let me know in the comment section and I’ll email ’em to you.

Now fly (cackles whilst being melted with a 30C dilution of witch hazel and vodka)!

Awesome Yoda channeling Dr. M.

Picture the scene: A swampy cave on Dagoba . . .

Dr. Nancy Malik: Hmmmm. Afraid of your skepticism I am not.

Yoda: You will be. You will be.

Thanks for ROFL, Orac! I thought it couldn’t get any better than the homeopathic ER, then I saw Dara O’Brian! That is some funny stuff. I agree with ebohlman, though, they better dilute that stuff down some more, I’m feeling better already LOL. You know, at the risk of sounding all woo-ful, laughter is the best medicine, and now we understanding how homeopathy really works.

“WHAW” looks to me like a sound you’d make when puzzled or incredulous: whaw?!?!

But it’s water, and sugar pills. . .
how hard is it for people to grasp ?
Homeopathy, there’s Nothing to it!

Or perhaps “Scientific” Homeopathy Awareness Month – Worldwide aka SHAM-Wow.

Or perhaps “Scientific” Homeopathy Awareness Month – Worldwide aka SHAM-Wow.

You people obviously just don’t get it! Nanocrystalloids, clathrate hydrates, flux-capacitors, string-theory, Albert Einstein, multiple anecdotes, Big Pharma, electro-magnetic radiation, sunspots, Nazi-conspiracists, E=MC(squared), but not M, dilutions, potentization, Unobtanium, blah blah blah….

“Get in the fookin’ sack”

Love that line. We should all use it from this point forward when confronted by a woo-meister.

@ Matthew Cline:

Agreed, WHAWW?! Sounds to my mind just like the noise Moe makes in the Simpsons when he’s surprised.

I would have thought that homeopaths would be more inclined to have less “awareness” of homeopathy, not more.

After all, if people really were “aware” and didn’t just follow whatever nonsense Oprah or Dr. Oz were pushing this week, they’d see through homeopathy in a New York minute. As Dara O’Briain puts it, “It’s just water!”

If water truly had “memory”, why wouldn’t it “remember” fish and algae (not to mention the feces, urine, PCB’s and heavy metals)? Does anyone who is “aware” actually think that thumping a vial of water against a bible resets water’s “memory”?

No, only unaware people are likely to be fooled by homeopathy. Awareness is the last thing homeopaths should want to promote.


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