Homeopathy is based on the crackpot ideas that: (1) “like cures like” – sympathetic magic that was abandoned long ago in favour of, well, reality; and (2) the more you dilute (and shake, or “succuss”) a solution of a substance, the more potent that solution becomes – even to the point that Avogadro’s Number is exceeded, and it’s not a solution anymore … it’s just water.
Yes. Honestly. That is indeed what they believe. And many many people fall for it. Many people apparently don’t really know that’s what homeopathy is; they think it’s herbal medicine or something. Now herbal medicine can be fine; take aspirin for example: bark of a willow tree. Once you test it and ensure that it works, and can produce the active substance without contaminants in consistent amounts/doses, you have a safe and useful medicine. Even if you don’t do that (and you just eat the bark or whatever), the herb/substance might well have some effect. But homeopathy is just water. Just. Water. If simple logic and rationality don’t tell you a drop of water placed on a sugar pill (from which it clearly evaporates … more on this) will not do anything, then go look at some science.
Now, that’s background. What’s the thought I had? It relates to that drop of water evaporating, actually. It also has to do with the fact that all water on earth has had something in it, and has been shaken and diluted – over many millions of years. Ok, a lot of that “something” will have been dinosaur poo, and I don’t know what that’s supposed to cure, but still ….
Now, the air we breathe is not just nitrogen and carbon dioxide and oxygen and such, there’s a bit of water vapour in there as well (you can see where I’m going with this). Clearly that water is even more diluted (for a start, it’s only 0.247% of the atmosphere, according to Wikipedia). It’s not just even the dinopoo water either; it’s all the drops that have evaporated from all the homeopathic remedies. Thus they have all been even more diluted, and the wind will of course keep them in a constant state of succussion.
So, as far as I can see, the air we breathe is the most potent homeopathic remedy there could ever be.
And that’s actually really true ….