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The Basis for Science's Hatred of Homeopathy

I come from a science family. My mom was a physical therapist. My father was a physician, and associate professor of medicine at Harvard. He was as well, a virologist, and psychiatrist, psycho-analyst, and a bunch of other stuff. I'm not saying these things to be impressive --this was my dad, not me -- but to say that I grew up around science and medicine.

When I discovered homeopathy about fifteen years ago, and saw it work when it had no business doing so, I was confronted with a profound mystery: why did the medical and scientific communities seem to hate it so much? It's less true now than it was 20 years ago, but there are still many people in medicine who will look at you sideways if you say the word; "homeopathy." Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY, which is part of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) was originally Hahnemann Hospital, a homeopathic hospital, named after the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann. I said this once to a friend who worked there, and when she innocently repeated the fact to a physician administrator, the response was, "Where did you hear that? Please don't repeat that!" Such is the shame and derision in medicine of even of any association with homeopathy.

There are a lot of reasons for this attitude on the part of science of medicine, but longstanding medical and scientific orthodoxy, based on a materialistic philosophical perspective, play a huge part in it. In the link below is perhaps the best presentation I've ever come across, which defines the specific nature of scientific orthodox dogma, and lays out many of the implications of it. In short, it's ugly, longstanding, and has an incalculable cost.

The speaker is Rupert Sheldrake, who is perhaps one of the world's most eminent plant biologists.( It's not a long video, but if you want to wrap your head around why homeopathy gets regularly pilloried by the media and "scientific" and "medical" "experts," you will find many of those answers here:

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