All articles in the category “Briefly explained”

Here you find all published articles of the category “Briefly explained” in descending chronological order.


What does the German “internal consensus” mean?

This text describes the topic “Homoeopathy in German Pharmaceutical Law”. In 1976, consultations began on a fundamental reorganisation of German pharmaceutical law. By and large, the state’s involvement in the pharmaceutical industry previously consisted of little more than a “registration” of drugs placed on the market under the responsibility of pharmaceutical manufacturers. It had taken …

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Happy Birthday, Samuel Hahnemann!

Samuel Hahnemann, the inventor of homeopathy, would have turned 264 today. A retrospective by Dr. Natalie Grams When I first heard a sentence from Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, I was a young medical student – and totally excited: “The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health, or removal …

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Homeopathic preparations also don’t act through nanoparticles

Representatives of homeopathy often claim that nanoparticles of the mother tincture are the carriers of the effectiveness of homeopathic preparations. That this is not possible at all can be seen after quite simple considerations: Nanoparticles are particles that consist of comparatively few atoms or molecules and are therefore very small. The size is measured according …

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Can’t homeopathy not be a “placebo” because often the first given remedy does not work?

What happens after ingesting a homeopathic remedy – according to the homeopathic build of thought? Occasionally one is confronted with the argument that the effect of homeopathic remedies cannot be based on a placebo effect because often the first homeopathic remedy did not “heal” at all, but only the second, third, fourth or fifth … …

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Homeopathy isn’t a “stimulus-regulation therapy”

Homeopathy is occasionally referred to as “stimulus-regulation therapy”, which assumes the existence of a corresponding explanatory model. The reader (or listener) is left alone with this term – there is no precise explanation of how homeopathy could work as stimulus-regulation therapy. What does “regulation” actually mean? The term “stimulus-regulation therapy” contains the word “regulation”. In …

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“High dilution research” – relevance or not?

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Arnica for minor injuries

A popular remedy – a closer look Minor injuries with swelling (“bumps”) are often treated with arnica (e.g. in small children after they have fallen and a “bruise” forms, sometimes even prophylactically in athletes). The rapid decrease in swelling is considered to be evidence of the medicinal effect of homeopathic medication. There are two different …

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What does “proved” mean?

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Glasses, dentures and homeopathy – The role of statutory health insurances

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Homeopathy toothpaste – why that?

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But homeopathy is a holistic method, in contrast to “orthodox medicine”! – Isn’t it?

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What are Bach Flower Remedies anyway?

About the inventor Edward Bach was a doctor from Birmingham, England, who studied medicine at the University College Hospital in London and graduated from Cambridge. Before he began his studies, however, he worked in the family brass foundry. Bach saw the source of diseases mainly in psychological causes or in the intestines. After leaving some …

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Objection: Globules are much better than antibiotics anyway!

Antibiotika vs. Globules – really? “Antibiotics versus globules – really? “I’d rather take globules than antibiotics.” “Doctors prescribe way too much antibiotics randomly.” “If I take too much of it, I’ll be resistant in later diseases.” These sentences can be heard very often in this or similar form. But all three sentences are wrong. Let’s …

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Globules are natural and plant-based – really?

Another common misconception about homeopathy Many people assume that homeopathic remedies are made from herbal substances. But if you look at the long “drug lists” of homeopathic manufacturers, it quickly becomes clear that homeopathy and phytotherapy are two completely different things. In herbal (phytotherapeutic) drugs the ingredients are present in medically effective concentrations, in modern …

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Objection: Theoretically bumble bees can’t fly either!

“According to the known laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee cannot fly. The bumblebee knows nothing about aerodynamics – and still flies”… …and therefore, as the argument is intended to express, science is also not suited to judge whether homeopathic remedies can work. Finally, as this example clearly shows, science refuses to take note of the …

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Objection: Mobile phones also function immaterially during data transmission!

Homeopathic remedies in medium and high potencies do not contain any or no significant amounts of the remedy indicated on the packaging. Some advocates of homeopathy say that it is an antiquated view of the world that a specific effect is linked to the existence of matter. See the mobile phone, which obviously reproduces the …

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Objection: CDs also store information!

Does storing music on a CD really have anything to do with homeopathy? Proponents of homeopathy often point out that chemical analysis cannot determine whether a CD is recorded or not, or what is stored on it. This comparison is intended to refute an essential reservation of critics of homeopathy. Although homeopaths do not deny …

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Hahnemann’s Organon – Fundamental Work of Homeopathy

A book from the beginning of the 19th century – a Bible of today’s “medicine”? The Organon can justifiably be called the Bible of homeopaths. It was first published in 1810 by the inventor of homeopathy, the Saxon physician Samuel Hahnemann, and received a total of five revisions and six editions from his hand. The …

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Why I don’t give any globules to my children – a mother’s blog entry

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Why people like to believe in homeopathy

“We all don’t process information as carefully and reflectively as we think we do.” Fast thinking versus slow thinking People use two different ways of thinking. Normally we judge intuitively, without reflection and according to learned, generalized and often irrational rules that are not consciously perceived and questioned. Such intuitive rules are for example: “Loss …

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Why do we call homeopathy pseudo- and no longer alternative medicine?

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Homeopathy is esotericism

This true without lying, certain and most true. That which is below is like that which is above and that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing. (Tabula Smaragdina – Emerald Tablet – of Hermes Trismegistos, translated by Sir Isaac Newton) The term esotericism originates …

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