Return to homeopathy (idea)
|Interestingly, there are a few lonely scientists who do believe in Homeopathy as Science. Not as medicine, but based on [the scientific method|real scientific principles]. The distinction may seem subtle, but it's important. There are many 'alternative' therapies that are not based on (western?) science (herbal medicines, [acupuncture], [crystal rubbing wackos|crystal healing]) yet can have a noticable effect. Whether this is a [placebo] effect or a real one is unimportant - if you get better, it's a useful technique.|
All well and good - but not scientific, surely. Well, at least two physicists (what do they know? :-) believe in the '[memory of water]' principle. The two main homeopathic rules are:
Now this all sounds rather silly to me; not so [quantum tunneling|Brian Josephson] (who invented the '[josephson junction]'). He is convinced that the structure of the drug is recorded in the shape of the water left behind. A sort of [3D] footprint. This sort of meshes with ideas on [clathrate]s and [solvation|solvent shell]s which form around molecules in solution. However, these structures depend on the molecule and would surely collapse when it is [dilution|diluted out].
A Parisian researcher tried to replicate the effect in the lab, with apparent sucess. Last time I heard, he was claiming to be able to email molecules[...]