World Homeopathic Awareness Week

April 10th marks the 258th birthday of the Samuel Hahnemann the progenitor of Homeopathy. Fittingly it is also the beginning of World Homeopathic Awareness Week which has been celebrated internationally since 2005.

The theme for the 2013 Awareness Week is “Homeopathy for Trauma & Disasters”. In a colourful and cheery brochure, the organisers extol the role of homeopathic life saving “first-responders” and modestly promote Homeopathy as a treatment for:

  • Shock
  • Concussion
  • Cuts & wounds
  • Blunt trauma
  • Burns
  • Internal & external Bleeding and Bruising
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Poison, chemical/biological agents
  • Sprains
  • Bone injuries
  • Emotional Trauma
  • Grief
  • PTSS
  • Survivor’s Guilt
  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Fear

While some of these claims come as a surprise, the Australian Skeptics suspect that a homeopathic first response in Trauma and Disasters would mitigate the extent of Survivor’s Guilt and PTSS.

Victims of disasters and trauma who are a little reticent to consider homeopathic treatment of their burns, cuts, internal bleeding, broken bones, poisoning and asphyxiation should be mindful of that “recent research in the areas of electromagnetic fields, water and nano-particles are offering explanations about how Homeopathy’s sub-molecular medicines work”.

In solidarity with their esteemed global peers the Australian Homœopathic Association is celebrating World Homeopathic Awareness Week from May 13th. Perhaps there are good numerological reasons for this or there is still some disquiet about the Gregorian calendar reform at the AHA.

Whatever date it is celebrated, don’t expect to hear too much about the preventable death of Penelope Dingle whose homeopath directed her against obtaining conventional treatment and pain relief for colorectal cancer. Don’t expect to hear about baby Gloria Thomas who died from malnutrition after her severe eczema was treated with homeopathy. The death of epileptic toddler Isabella Denley, whose anti-convulsive medication was replaced with a homeopathic treatment may, not be get much mention either.

Of course the harrowing and real suffering of victims of homeopathy doesn’t break through the cognitive disconnect of its indefatigable cheer squad. In this flawed and absurd system of medicine all homeopaths are dangerous because they lack the knowledge to diagnose serious illness as much as they are unable to determine their own limitations. World Homeopathic Awareness Week is a time for us to remember these tragedies of homeopathic faith.