This video is starting to do the rounds about how wonderful homeopaths are helping people in Ghana in malarial areas. I hope as many people as possible watch this to better understand this irresponsible and murderous delusion.
I have no doubt that the homeopath here is sincere. Adjoa Margaret Stack obviously believes she is doing good in Ghana with her Senya/Tamale Homeopathy Project but she appears to lacks any insight into what dreadful harm she is almost certainly doing.
Ms Stack highlights the problem well. She says “Homeopathy was born treating malaria.”. Indeed. The founder of homeopathy noticed that a quinine appeared to produce malaria like symptoms when he experimented on himself. From this he made the huge and stupidly overreaching conclusion that this was the reason why quinine was effective against the fever. From this, his philosophy of ‘like cures like’ was born and has remained despite no-one ever demonstrating that homoeopathically prepared treatments can either prevent or cure malaria.
It is worth noting in this video that, despite the appeasing cries of homeopaths, there is no mention of this homeopathic treatment being ‘complementary’ to real medicine. It is designed to be a treatment in its own right. One of the core homeopathic beliefs is that real medicine is a false belief and is actually responsible for much chronic disease. Despite what homeopaths might say in public, their treatments are strictly alternatives to what they call ‘allopathic’ medicine.
Malaria is at the heart of the origin myths of homeopathy. It is a fundamental part of the credo of the homeopathic religion and this is why Homeopathic organisations have reacted so badly to the recent WHO condemnation of such treatments. Homeopaths cannot abandon this crusade to treat and prevent malaria even though it is totally ineffective.
No one within the homeopathic trade will try to prevent people like Adjoa Margaret Stack from continuing in her fantasy. It will be up to governments like the Ghanaian government to do something and clear and unambiguous statements from the WHO have to help. The WHO need to be even more proactive than they have been before a critical mass of African homeopaths have been trained to exploit their fellow citizens.
Homeopaths will not consider that they could be wrong. They have not earned the right to practice their beliefs on people whose life and death may depend on them being right. All the homeopaths have is the fairy tales of their founder and an unquestioning zeal in their beliefs. This is missionary medicine – but without any hope of success.
As Dara O’Briain says in this next clip “Earned knowledge is better than fairy tales”. The pressure must not be let up on these people.