Cugel wrote:An alarming tale of scatter-brains in the good ole USA taking their freedoms to think stupid things to dangerous places, eagerly exploited by homeopaths of the type avid for dollars:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/201 ... ure-autism
The interesting thing is that these homeopaths (who probably just stuck on that label as a handy alternative-medicine emblem) claim their quackery can not only cure things like measles and autism but actually prevent them. As far as I know, standard-version homeopathy makes no claims to prevention, only cure.
But .... could the placebo effect work in a curative way? Does, for instance, taking an omega3 oil capsule each day have no direct physical effect but nevertheless manage a psychological effect, in keeping the swallower healthy?
Omega 3 capsules have been found to have no effect unfortunately - cardiovasculary at least. The benefits of a diet high in Omega 3 are not replicated with Omega 3 supplements.