Myths about homeopathy 8:
"Homeopathy kills people"
This is a very new myth, and is literally impossible. Since the remedies stimulate the body's own healing processes, their action is precisely opposed to that of fatal illness. There is no record of a homeopathic remedy causing death in the whole history of homeopathy.
What is actually meant - is that homeopaths prevent or delay the use of "real" medicine, as if it were a certainty that conventional medicine would help the patient. In fact, in 2008 overdoses of medical drugs caused more deaths than car accidents in the USA, according to a government report.
Essentially this myth is simply the one that homeopathy is ineffective, dressed up in a more dramatic and particularly aggressive form. The only evidence ever produced to support this myth is either hypothetical, anecdotal, or actually evidence of someone choosing to use homeopathy rather than conventional treatment.
It is also frequently the case, especially in the NHS, that patients come to homeopaths AFTER conventional treatment has failed, rather than before trying conventional treatment.
Homeopaths have also found that even in the teeth of death, when nothing can be done to stop what is happening or to extend life, homeopathy can still give relief and dignity to a person's last minutes.
1. Margaret Warner, Ph.D., injury epidemiologist, National Center for Health Statistics, Office of Analysis and Epidemiology, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Chris Jones, Pharm.D., M.P.H., health scientist, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D., medical director, Florida Poison Information Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Dec. 20, 2011, Drug Poisoning Deaths in the United States, 1980-2008.