Homeopathy denialists continue to proclaim that homeopathic medicine is “no better than placebo” and believe that any positive effects individuals gain from the remedies are “all in their mind”.
In order to investigate this notion further researchers have been exploring the relationship between homeopathy and animals, since it is generally regarded that animals cannot ‘fabricate’ the situation; they either get better or they don’t!
A study, undertaken by the Louis Bolk Insituut in the Netherlands, aimed to investigate homeopathy’s effect in newborn dairy calves. A common ailment, amongst dairy calves, is diarrhoea and is one which many Dutch farmers regularly treat using homeopathy, so a study involving this particular disorder was especially relevant.
Calves were divided into two categories: half were prescribed a homeopathic remedy and half pre- scribed placebo. The findings proved overwhelming in favour of homeopathic medicine. On one farm for example, where the investigation took place, not a single calf who received homeopathic treatment developed diarrhoea while every calf given placebo succumbed to it.
It is interesting to note that the researcher’s main hurdle when undertaking the study was persuading farmers to give their livestock the placebo instead of homeopathy “because they know homeopathy works”.
This article was first published by the ARH in the Septemeber 2011 issue 16 of 'Homeopathy Healthy Medicine'.
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