Girl, Interrupting

June 25, 2010

Victorians, homeopathy and the sea

Filed under: health policy,homeopathy — sylviamclain @ 3:50 pm
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Shirking work this morning, I went for a sea-swim today, because it is warm and lovely and I happen to live near it, the sea…

Swimming in the English channel is a bit rough and a bit exhausting – even on these lovely calm days, but when I was done I felt, well, refreshed! Its easy to see why the Victorians believed in the healing powers of the sea – in fact they actually used to PAY people to throw them, in a baptismal fashion for healing.

And during Victorian times, another, much currently debated healing-fad, was introduced to Britain in the 1830’s, Homeopathy. At the time it was very useful as it was one of the few modern treatments which wasn’t actively harming you (like leeches and mercury enemas), because well it did nothing.

But these things DO make people feel better, despite lack of all scientific evidence for any kind of ‘healing’ power and as lots and lots and lots of Health Professionals state the ‘placebo’ effect is pretty damn powerful.

But maybe this is one of the difficulties with the current fight about the NHS supporting “non-traditional” medicines such as homeopathy. It actually makes people feel better.

Maybe the health community needs to think about how to REPLACE these treatments and not just rage against the machine about how their scientific invalidity. Maybe alternatives like psychological therapy or just simple exercise programs, or something similar?

It is very hard to get people to give up on beliefs, even if they are scientifically false, so instead of telling everyone they are wrong, maybe they can be convinced with effective alternatives which are NOT so scientifically silly…

You catch alot more flies with honey..

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