It is a complete rewrite of my previous attempt to discuss this remedy.
Homeopathy is often described as being “all natural”. The Society of Homeopaths state:
“remedies come from many different natural sources: most are derived from plants and others are made from minerals, metals and animal substances.”
Natural sources, you say. Now that’s not strictly true. Let’s take a look at the Helios website. Let’s see what natural remedies they are selling right now. Hmmm. Blue?? A remedy made out of the colour blue? Right…what else… Horse Fly! Yes, I agree that horse flies are natural….but that’s not the sort of ingredient you’d expect in a natural health product, now is it?
This is the sort of homeopathy that inspired me to start a project to look for non-natural remedies: I started something that I call the Weird Homeopathy List.
Now lots of skeptical websites describe the implausibility of homeopathy in terms of physics and chemistry – I wanted to approach it from a completely different angle: Basically, the WTF angle.
I started looking for the craziest, weirdest, wackiest remedies that I could find. It turns out that there are many to choose from.
For this guest report, I’m going to talk about one particular remedy. It’s called “Venus Stella Errans”
So, how do these weird remedies come into existence? Well, to begin a master homeopath needs to come up with an idea. They have to think of an ingredient that has not been used before. To become a true legend in the field of homeopathy you need to invent your own remedy. And you need to be original. The homeopath who invented Venus Stella Errans was definitely original. He realised that he could use (and I quote):
He doesn’t go into the details of how he managed to capture the light, but I am guessing that he pointed a telescope at Venus and pointed the eyepiece at a glass of water. Photons that were created in the core of the Sun hundreds thousands of years ago, fought their way out of the star, bounced off Venus and ended up in the water.
I know what you are thinking: Wow – this is going to be some great medicine.
We’ll have to assume that whilst the light was being gathered by the water, an aeroplane or bat didn’t pass along the line of sight. Can you imagine your Venus water becoming contaminated by essence of bat? That would be a disaster.
Once you have made you remedy strong, you know, by diluting it again and again and again, you still don’t actually know what it will cure yet. To establish this, you now have to use the unscientific method of homeopathic proving.
You find some volunteers (we call them provers) and give them the remedy with a set of instructions. You don’t tell them how the remedy was made. Apparently this is not because you are scared that they might laugh in your face. It is so that they are properly “blinded” and not influenced by the ingredients.
The particular set of instructions given to these provers included a very important point: the remedy had to be kept away from light. Well, of course it does. You don’t want more light to get into the remedy and destroy your essence of bat, aeroplane and Venus, do you?
The provers are given a schedule and asked to record any symptoms that arise, and also any dreams that they have. After the proving, the results are gathered and the homeopath attempts to use the symptoms to work out what the remedy will cure.
You know what? There may be something to this homeopathy stuff. One of the symptoms reported was “I felt slightly spacey”. Now that is amazing!
After assessing the symptoms the homeopath progresses to perform what he amusingly calls a “clinical trial”. One of his patients, for example, was suffering from “post-operative exhaustion and spaced outness”. Yes, that was the symptom that the patient had: spaced outness. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? Yep – a remedy made from outer space will fix that.
Another patient was suffering from “inertia, and unfocussed thinking”. Wait a minute. Did you just say unfocussed? And this homeopath has just created a remedy by focussing light. Yep, again you’ve guessed. This remedy will fix an unfocussed mind.
The homeopath then goes on to speculate how and why the remedy works. Now, if the remedy wasn’t weird enough already, his hypothesis somehow makes it even weirder. Can you guess what scientific principle allows his remedy to work? Yep – astrology.
I don’t think I can handle any more weirdness for this report, so I think I’ll stop there.
This is Kash Farooq reporting for SWD.
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