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Default homeopathy question - 10-08-2013, 08:11 | posts: 251

By the time I became a teenager I remember getting very bad heartburn and I used to take pills to calm it down when at night. Even with pills and water I would wake up in amazing pain and even vomit due to the acid reflux....

Then at the age of 18 I met my gf and her mom was a homeopathy guru....so I told her about my problem.... I couldnt eat pizza, or anything citric because I would be in a world of pain, so her mom gave me her remedy which was a homeopathic remedy.

I rolled my eyes and said yea right....she treated me for like 6 months, I was 22 then, Im 37 now, I NEVER get heart burn, even if I eat like ****, get drunk, eat spicy food, douse my food in tabasco or whatever else triggers heart burn.

I dont even remember what HB feels like....

Now I do have to realize that the older Ive gotten the healthier Ive become.
Im convinced homeopathy cured my HB because it was the one thing that killed me day to day when I was a young pup.....now its just a faded memory
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 08:20 | posts: 6,669 | Location: Dubai, UAE / London, UK

I occassionally get heartburn & it does indeed feel like $hit, almost feels like a heart attack.

What is your magic cure for heart burn?
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 08:54 | posts: 251

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I occassionally get heartburn & it does indeed feel like $hit, almost feels like a heart attack.

What is your magic cure for heart burn?
Well as I mentioned earlier, it was either the homeopathy or the fact that I got healthier...

I could eat like crap for a month and still get no HB...

The last time I got HB was like a year ago after I got wasted drinking vodka and beer and it only lasted like 20 minutes and it was super mild
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 08:56 | posts: 5,640 | Location: In a house, on a hill, by a road.

Look up homeopathy.
As a doc, i know it to be a joke. Some people stand by it, and if it works for you; great. But i can't possibly see how.
Homeopathy is taking working medicine or compounds, and diluting it, over and over, until very very little (if any) of the original medication remains. (If a pill) it's then it's mixed with inactive ingredients until it can be formed into a pill.

It's like taking a single asprin, and diluting it in hundreds of gallons, mixing in an inactive ingredient until you have thousands upon thousands of pills, formed from a single asprin.

This should sum it up for you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0Z7KeNCi7g
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 09:08 | posts: 6,669 | Location: Dubai, UAE / London, UK

Thanks for the link Chouji.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 09:19 | posts: 190 | Location: Newcastle UK

Heartburn is often stress related, I'm glad your treatment worked but my guess is it was more of a placebo.

love this sketch about homeopathy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orS4U3xZPTU
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 10:38 | posts: 7,249

Homeopathy is snake oil. James Randi has some good videos on youtube about it, worth looking up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWE1tH93G9U

The people that sell it are either insane or knowingly ripping others off.

Edit: Hah. Chouji beat me to it.

Another good video by Richard Dawkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0-NalmRSl8

The fact the NHS is paying for this nonsense is mind boggling.

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Default 10-08-2013, 11:25 | posts: 6,564 | Location: Dubai

Homeopathy was illegal here until a few years ago
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 12:03 | posts: 3,849 | Location: Cheshire, England

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Well as I mentioned earlier, it was either the homeopathy or the fact that I got healthier...
I would go with being healthy, it's surprising how better you feel if you eat/drink healthier too

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The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises the NHS on proper use of treatments. NICE currently does not recommend that homeopathy should be used in the treatment of any health condition.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 12:15 | posts: 7,249

A shame the NHS isn't taking much notice of that recommendation.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 13:16 | posts: 790

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Well as I mentioned earlier, it was either the homeopathy or the fact that I got healthier...
Which could be anything since you don't remember what it was. But, I highly doubt there's any homeopathic treatment for heartburn, especially one that continues to work long after you've stopped it.

Hell, you could of even been given a bunch of probiotics or similar sort of diet type treatments- and they could prevent some heartburn.

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It's like taking a single asprin, and diluting it in hundreds of gallons, mixing in an inactive ingredient until you have thousands upon thousands of pills, formed from a single asprin.
Yeah. My analogy is it's like taking a cup of coffee, dumping it in the ocean and claiming people on the other side of the planet can now get all the effects of the caffeine from drinking sea water.

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Homeopathy is snake oil.
Even snake oil at least had omega-3 potential:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...knew-something

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Default 10-08-2013, 13:46 | posts: 7,249

Hah. Very good.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 16:32 | posts: 117 | Location: Finland

Homeopathy = pseudoscience.

There is no point in diluting anything to begin with as this has been going on for a long time already.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 17:15 | posts: 251

I am pretty stress free and have been for most of my life, Im not an advocate for homeopathy or anything, I was just curious if you guys knew about it and if it really works.
Im glad I have no more heartburn because from what I can remember HB is extremely uncomfortable.
My gf gets HB everyday and cant stop coughing at night. I dunno how she copes.
   
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Default 10-08-2013, 17:43 | posts: 2,746 | Location: Gloucesterestershire

Has she tried homeopathy? Glad you don't get heartburn anymore though, congrats!
   
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Homeopathy is just bull****. It has been proved over and over again that the water doesn't contain anything that would cure you. It's 100% pure water. There's nothing in it that will affect you, except that it hydrates you.
Confimation bias I say.
   
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Default 10-09-2013, 06:17 | posts: 251

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Has she tried homeopathy? Glad you don't get heartburn anymore though, congrats!
yes she has but it didnt work on her. Then again my gf is a hypochondriac
   
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Default 10-09-2013, 06:30 | posts: 1,005 | Location: Somewhere in Scotland

After reading all these posts, and watching that Mitchel and Webb sketch, I'm wondering about Prince Charles' state of mind.
After all, he believes in that quackery.
   
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