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by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 9:18pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

There is so much that is not understood, maybe talking to someone and getting attention helps, trying something other than 'conventional' treatment, believing one shall get better, and time of course, that is a good medicine Do placebos and TCM have side-effects? A placebo is generally a neutral su...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 9:09pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

It's a pity that as an apparently part-psychological effect you can't just decide to get better, or that tap-water or a bar of chocolate will do the job for you. The mind is a very powerful thing though......... I know from my Time Trialing days that if my mind was on cue I could put out a performa...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 7:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

Evidence enough from my viewpoint, having seen her suffer for years (and she had done since puberty), that Placaebo and/or Hooeopathy work. If it means paying someone 40 quid to convince the patient's brain, and it does the job then it's a bargain. The point being made higher up is similar to point...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 3:59pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Sunscreen - what to think
Replies: 9
Views: 340

Re: Sunscreen - what to think

I work in a Medical Physics department. One of our outposts is in Photobiology, itself connected to Dermatology. Everyone there is very keen on sunscreen. There is the argument that this might be a bit like A&E doctors being keen on cycle helmets, but on the other hand they're not looking at acu...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 1:24pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

Also, I think I've discussed the evidence. It may point conclusively to the opposite, but I'm not sure that I trust folks with an invested interest in pharmalogical solutions to determine if something else doesn't work. As noted, homeopathy is a drug therapy, even if that's "for some values of...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 12:55pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

I do have a couple of friends who have had some success with homeopathic treatment when traditional medicine had repeatedly failed to help. It may be as pjclinch says, it's merely that they received time, personal attention, and individualised treatment form their practioners, and not from their GP...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 12:16pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

Or alternatively, "paying a lot of money to get a high level of personal attention addresses some of the issues around drugs and surgery even before you get to the little white pills". Homeopathy claims that whereas modern western medicine tries to counteract symptoms (through drugs or th...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 11:45am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

And yet these effects disappear when you study them at population levels. Pete. pjclinch: I'm with you on this, as well as the problem of placebo and regression to the mean (gettting better anyway). Having said that (you probably knew that was coming :D ), there is an awful lot wrong with modern me...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 11:32am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

I think that it is a shame that the modern medical establishment ignores non-traditional medicine, even when traditional medicine isn't helping. An interesting choice of terms. "Traditional" above seems to mean "science-based Western medicine", while in reality lots of alternati...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 9:47am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Health Service professionals
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Health Service professionals

I'm slightly baffled .... if the medical profession is so bl**dy awful, underpaid, under-resourced, and a nightmare to be taking part in .... why are so many working so hard at Uni ... in medical school ... Nursing training ... etc. to be part of it ...... Everyone is so altruistic ? ... or do the ...
by pjclinch
24 Jun 2019, 9:26am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

As it happens I know someone who is a qualified and skilled Homeopath, they have been treating people for many years. My friend has audited the effectiveness of the treatment / consultations that they give and encouraged patients to do the same, the results are overwhelmingly positive. Compared to ...
by pjclinch
23 Jun 2019, 7:58pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Homeopathy, does it work?
Replies: 191
Views: 3852

Re: Homeopathy, does it work?

So it does work then (even though it's a placebo)! :wink: So why not use it? I think the general opinion is that it doesn't usually work. What do we mean by "work"? If you mean "the patient gets better" that's not the same thing as "a mysterious imprint on the structure of ...
by pjclinch
23 Jun 2019, 3:56pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Health Service professionals
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Health Service professionals

Do a lot of doctors smoke now, more or less than in the general population? I don't have figures, but amongst folk with that level of education, so much of which tells you in excruciating detail what a health-disaster smoking is (not to mention the cost), it's amazing anyone's doing it at all... un...
by pjclinch
23 Jun 2019, 3:48pm
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Health Service professionals
Replies: 26
Views: 581

Re: Health Service professionals

I listen to the advice, but it is concerning when the trainer disregards her own advice. And she works 9-5 so not long unsocial hours. I'm not an epidemiologist and don't rate as any sort of expert on psychology, but I don't think I'm pushing the boat too far out if I suggest there are possibly mor...
by pjclinch
23 Jun 2019, 10:25am
Forum: Cycle Camping sub-forum
Topic: Cooking on small gas camp stoves
Replies: 62
Views: 1795

Re: Putting out the flame

While we are on the topic of Trangias, has anyone got any suggestions for the best way to put a Trangia out? I use the simmer ring to extinguish the flame. This works but occasionally the flame is yellow and too large to get the ring on safely. As long as you're quick it shouldn't be an issue. Reme...