No doubt I have a few readers who are wondering why I have recently been so nasty and dismissive to advocates for homeopathy. Shouldn't I be mature and dignified and engage constructively with people with whom I disagree?
Sorry, but in the case of homeopathy, it's utterly useless. I know better than to try. Ben Goldacre says everything I could possibly say about this. He explains why the "evidence" in favor of homeopathy is a total crock. That is why I do not waste my time reading the crap that people send me. And he explains how homeopaths respond to criticism:
Here is the strangest thing. Every single criticism I have made could easily be managed with clear and open discussion of the problems. But homoeopaths have walled themselves off from the routine cut-and-thrust of academic medicine, and reasoned critique is all too often met with anger, shrieks of persecution and avoidance rather than argument. The Society of Homeopaths (the largest professional body in Europe, the ones running that frightening conference on HIV) have even threatened to sue bloggers who criticise them. The university courses on homeopathy that I and others have approached have flatly refused to provide basic information, such as what they teach and how. It’s honestly hard to think of anything more unhealthy in an academic setting. . . .
But when they’re suing people instead of arguing with them, telling people not to take their medical treatments, killing patients, running conferences on HIV fantasies, undermining the public’s understanding of evidence and, crucially, showing absolutely no sign of ever being able to engage in a sensible conversation about the perfectly simple ethical and cultural problems that their practice faces, I think: these people are just morons. I can’t help that: I’m human.
So there you go folks. That's why I don't bother to try to reason with you, I just call you idiots. Because that's what you are. And there's nothing more to be said about it.