#1 - Posted: 24/08/2008 14:14
my apologies - what is described above, under "rigorous scientific analysis" is not a double-blind study but a simple "controlled" and comparison study. in order to do a double blind study, which eliminates the effect of placebo on the data, neither the patients nor the physicians would know which treatment was being be administered. given the difficulties presented above, the only way i can see how this could be done would be that every case in a comparison study would have to have a full homeopathic assessment as well as medical one. then both sides would draw up their treatment plans for each patient and the decision as to which treatment would be administered would decided randomly. since medical and homeopathic treatments are sufficiently different in their application that both doctors and patients would fairly quickly know which treatment was actually being administered, thus introducing placebo bias, it would seem to me that both treatments should appear to be administered to every patient in the study but that randomly one or the other would be a sham treatment, administered blindly of course.
We can see how complicated, and expensive this whole process would be. So no one is holding his breath waiting for this to happen, these studies will probably never be done as only mainstream medicine can afford to do them and they won't ever take that risk. But when someone like Michael says he is waiting for the proper studies to be done, this is what we must face. Or a simple double-blind controlled study using homeopathic medicines, without a comparison group receiving standard medical therapy – that might be better, but in order to administer it double-blind, who is going to pay for it?
If you keep saying we cannot accept homeopathy until we know how it works, then you didn’t read the earlier forum entries in this section, nor do you see the logic of this website altogether, which is about scientific anomalies. You will simply always take the position that “it can’t work, therefore it doesn’t work.” Very logical and very safe - as long current zeitgeist is on your side.