These events would go down as the only time homeopathic dilution actually did anything productive.

Just for the record, I do not advocate applying homeopathic principles for murder. Instead, I advocate applying the principles of aromatherapy. I’ll leave you to figure out the specifics.

Homeopathy is a scam and a ridiculous concept. At best it’s a comical idea best left as a footnote in history books concerning early medicine, at worst it’s a morally bankrupt scam industry that purports to aid people while simply lifting hard earned cash from the pockets of people that don’t know any better. Can you tell I am not a fan of homeopathy?

I am not a fan of homeopathy.

The basic idea behind this pseudoscience garbage is that by diluting a “medicinal” (I use the term very lightly) substance in water or alcohol, often to the point where nothing remains of the original material, one can enhance its effectiveness at treating illness. Of course, the whole thing is couched in nonsense-terms and total bullshit that largely stems from a system of alternative medicine developed in the early 1800’s by a guy that clearly had no understanding of how disease or the human body actually function. Homeopaths believed (and many still do) that substances that cause illness in a healthy individual could also cure illness in a sick one. Typically, these substances just produce symptoms similar to particular illnesses as when the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, ingested cinchona bark and experienced symptoms very similar to malaria. Hahnemann assumed that this was why the bark could cure malaria after being properly diluted.

Hilariously enough, cinchona actually does cure malaria, but not because of any homeopathic mumbo jumbo, but rather because it contains quinine, a substance that destroys the parasite that actually causes the disease. Hahnemann only ingested it in the first place because he was skeptical after reading a book by a Scottish physician that described the remedy. Of course, all this lead to Hahnemann codifying homeopathic methods in several books on the subject. Sadly, the fellow’s heart seemed to be in the right place. He only turned to the creation of this system because he felt that many of the medicinal practices at the time, such as bloodletting, did more harm than good. Little did he know that he had created a monster himself.

Nowadays, homeopathy has been researched to hell and back by scientists and doctors that know quite a bit about the body, disease, and the placebo effect. Across the board, homeopathic “remedies” have been shown to be no more effective than placebo as well as dangerously under-regulated in many markets. Nevermind that the core tenets of homeopathy prove to be a perfect scam. I mean, ensuring that as little of the “curative” substance is in the actual dose as possible is built right into the damned system!

Of course, we cannot “dilute” the homeopaths as Lil K has done in today’s strip. It certainly wouldn’t make them any more effective, but it would at least keep them from further harming already sick and sometimes desperate individuals.

Maybe we can just put them in a tank somewhere and leave them to float, instead.

Something about the punishment fitting the crime?