Defending homeopathy against evil nasty bigoted scientists

The Guardian has an article defending homeopathy, which includes a moment of genius. Most of it is the usual:

I am sure that there is a placebo effect in homeopathy, but it is a fact that many of the people who end up visiting a homeopath do so as a last resort, when nothing else is working. That such people often see an improvement suggests that the remedies themselves are contributing to the wellness of the individual.

Bit of a non sequitur, there. Then there’s:

Homeopathy seeks to understand everything we are, everything we do, as a web of relatedness. The reason why I have a recurring sore throat will not be the reason why you have one, and what helps me may not help you.

This seems to be partly why tests used for conventional medicines fail when used to test homeopathy.

If only there were some kind of testing system based on, oh, I don’t know, efficacy? Ah, right – the reason your homeopathic remedy doesn’t work for me is that it’s designed for someone else! Now I get it.

I take New Scientist every week [I am not sure this is wise – Andrew] and I am continually amazed at how the seemingly well-known physical world of ours is beginning to show itself as stranger than anyone imagined.

You see? New things are being discovered, therefore my made-up-crap is true. This is the logical fallacy of Completely Missing The Point.

And finally, if you’re particularly masochistic:

Objections to homeopathy begin with what are viewed as the impossible dilutions of the remedies, so that only nano amounts of the original active substance remain, and in some cases are only an imprint, or memory. Yet our recent discoveries in the world of the very small point to a whole new set of rules for the behaviour of nano-quantities. Thundering around in our Gulliver world, we were first shocked to find that splitting the atom allowed inconceivable amounts of energy to be released. Now, we are discovering that the properties of materials change as their size reaches the nano-scale. Bulk material should have constant physical properties, regardless of its size, but at the nano-scale this is not the case. In a solvent, such as water, nano particles can remain suspended, neither floating nor sinking, but permeating the solution. Such particles are also able to pass through cell walls, and they can cause biochemical change.

We do not know whether this has a bearing on homeopathic dilutions, but it may well be that nanoparticles offer a clue.

I don’t know where to start. I expect it was a bit of a shock when somebody first accidentally split an atom, though. Thus far, the article is nothing particularly interesting, but then I saw this:

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Homeophobia. Genius. Google turns up a few previous references, but I’d never seen it before. I can see that term spreading. Article via Bad Science.