Originally Posted by bonus
surely I could dilute my Magners one million times and still get pissed on the resultant dilution (actually, I probably would, but I'm talking about the principle here).
Why would you spoil perfectly good water with that much Magners?
In all seriousness, I guess it works on the placebo affect. It can't possibly actually do anything (thinking logically), but if the symptoms someone is suffering are largely psychosomatic, and they believe this will cure them, and they believe it's making them feel better, then good on them. If it stops someone else getting addicted to medication, prescription or otherwise, then that can only be good, surely?
However, I don't like the fact that the NHS spends so much money on it, nor do I like these private Homeopaths who prey on the gullible and hypochondriac, feeding their fears to line their own pockets.
I think Ben Goldacre sums it up much better than I can - read Bad Science.