The debate over the effectiveness of homeopathic medicines or physical proportions can be seen jumping has become in recent weeks.

The recent campaign 10:23, Born in the UK and transferred in the form of demonstrations to various countries like Germany, Hungary, USA, Canada and Argentina aims both the complaint and the discrediting of homeopathic practice.


10:23 is called Avogadro’s number, contemporary Italian chemist father of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann. The chemist established the principle that matter can not be divided indefinitely and therefore a compound diluted 6.023 x 10 ^ 23 and can not contain this substance. The act of protest, addressed in numerous articles intake was a single dose of different homeopathic medicines, as a collective suicide, to prove they are safe. This campaign, organized by Meyerside Skeptics Society has caused a multitude of criticisms of homeopathy based on conclusive opinions and disqualifications that may seem justified.

Hahnemann in parliament

Homeopathy has a long tradition in Europe to be a system widely used throughout the EU. And the debate emerged in England, a country of great scientific tradition but also homeopathy, which includes treatment with these substances in Social Security. There are, therefore, advocates and detractors of this medical practice and given the depth of feeling on either side of the argument is doubtful that the dispute be resolved soon. The discussion of homeopathy is being debated in the British Parliament itself at the expense of a report of the Scientific and Technological called ‘Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy ‘ and especially hesitant response that moved the very government in July 2010.

The Scientific Committee concluded in its report that there is no evidence that demonstrate the effectiveness of homeopathic treatment and therefore it is a placebo that should not be funded by Social Security. Consider the action of homeopathic products lacks a credible physiological mode. Instead, this report also understands that many people are better off with a homeopathic treatment, although it may be only by placebo effect.

The British government’s position

The government agree on many of the committee’s conclusions and questions the effectiveness and scientific basis of homeopathy, but still persists in using this system in the National Health Service (NHS), because it believes that local doctors are best placed to decide on appropriate treatments for their patients, including complementary or alternative, and act accordingly. It also considers that shows some scientific controversy by suggesting some limited evidence of efficacy in certain circumstances and homeopathy that is difficult to achieve an adequate conception of the power of the placebo effect, because there is no scientific consensus on the mechanisms by which placebos get an effect. The government highlights the concerns and questions raised by this decision to the public, as it can be assumed that if the NHS offers homeopathic treatments they will be effective, but the reason is that supply should be available as an option for patients to choose.

The interest of the skeptics

This debate has shifted to the streets in protest. The Skeptics Society Meyerside have joined him skeptical of different countries, such as ‘Circle Skeptic’ and others in Spain. The criticism revolves around the homeopathic principle of small doses indicating that the cures are more effective and durable in high doses or concentrations.

Skepticism is an important trend in today’s society in crisis. Question even what appears to be indisputable basis of all good skeptic. But surprisingly, not questioning the fact homeopathy, while you may think that no cure can also be seen that no side effects as conventional drugs, but not to debate on issues such as medical science itself, the pharmaceutical industry or the doctor-patient in the Spanish Social Security system. And while we doubt, why do not doubt themselves and wonder what skeptics interests may be behind a movement that harasses a practice that uses only one who wants and wishes regularized in Spain to exercise only the medical professionals who know and accept their philosophy.

The similar and different

The homeopathic community condemns the action has only been done in way of protest and is not intended to encourage a discussion that would offer their views. This group considers the homeopathy is not well understood and its principles are being misrepresented, as this does not act as conventional medicine, called by the homeopaths and allopathic. It is difficult to overdose on homeopathy, and thus die in the process. Since it has the same effect as taking an overdose of conventional medicine, which in many cases it can kill. This does not seem logical to put on trial under the same principles as conventional medicine, one would have good information.

The bottom line

Beyond this debate, to get an idea of ​​how to eradicate diseases that would transcend the operation of homeopathy and conventional medicine in a society which itself is impaired. They conclude that the degradation of the air we breathe, the food is consumed and the stress of working and living conditions are the cause of many of the current conditions that more scientific medicine to be eradicated by surgery, chemotherapy and antibiotics and Homeopathy tries to solve another more holistic philosophy. But the substance would conclude that it is the very social organization that is sick and is what should be changed.