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  1. To someone not initiated into the world of molecular biology and pharmacology, medicine may seem like black magic at best, let alone when it does not work or causes serious side effects. The medical arts often seem less than exact; curing illness is not like fixing a broken-down car or machine. Not that long ago, you were probably better off taking your chances on your own rather than with “physicians” who would drill holes in your head, feed you mercury compounds, spill your blood, and apply leeches.

    Even “alternative” treatments, such as acupuncture, rely on sound principles and are effective. So why not homeopathy?

    The truth is, homeopathic medicine will not do any harm, since it is just 100% water. Nor will it do any good. The reason is that homeopathic remedies are created by starting with some chemical substance and repeatedly diluting it. Hahnemann, the father of homeopathic treatment, claimed that the more dilute a homeopathic dose, the more effective it is. A typical dilution mixes one part of the original substance into
    1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 (sic!) parts water (sometimes sugar water). Needless to say, there is no chance of any molecule of the original material remaining.

    The point is that giving such a medicine to a cat (or a human!) is the same as not administering anything at all. So the original condition remains untreated. Nor will the cat respond to the placebo effect. The only effect is that of bilking prodigious amounts of money from well-meaning, possibly desperate, caregivers.

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