Oppressed for 40 years by a socialist party, East Germans saw no choice but to march against the dictatorship, exactly three decades ago, in the movement that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an offense to your courage that the historical feat is now appropriated by … homeopathy.
You read that right: homeopathy. It is for sale in the UK, a medicine that has as its active ingredient Murus berlinensis, supposedly a panacea for a number of afflictions such as asthma, anxiety and compulsive crying.
At Ainsworths Pharmacy, a 100g bottle of pills costs £ 20. A glass with 100 ml of 96% alcohol solution costs 72 pounds, according to The Times.
The ridiculous does not end there. The Ainsworths company has royal family approval stamps ("by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen" and "by appointment to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales"). Charles, as we all know, is a homeopathy enthusiast.
Since 1980, the specialty has been officially recognized in Brazil by the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM). It is based on the principles of similarity (similar similar healing) and potency (successive dilutions retain the "energy" of the active principle even when it is no longer present).
Diluting fragments of the Berlin Wall, according to this unproven hypothesis, would have the power to treat evils similar to those the barrier inflicted on millions of East Germans. Amazing not only is someone giving credit to it, but willing to pay for the fraud.
At home there are bits and pieces of the Wall extracted with their own hands, employing rented hammer and chisel from enterprising Germans who were still standing in 1990. But there were also smart guys selling any splinters of spray-colored concrete.
One suspects that the diluted cement bowl sold by Ainsworths is prepared with one of those fake pebbles. Or are there pieces of the Berlin Wall on the market with a guaranteed origin?
By the way of CFM, there is consensus in experimental science that homeopathy lacks evidence and efficacy that goes beyond the placebo effect. Homeopaths will contest the previous statement to death and seek to bury it under piles of articles in medical journals, but they will not be able to alter the dominant concept.
Everyone has the right, of course, to believe in the mysteries of homeopathy — or Bach flower, shark fin, sun mushroom, and exorcising passes in neopentecostal cults. Nothing against them paying to enjoy what they take for miracles.
It is not the case, therefore, to undertake scientific crusades against various beliefs. Problems only arise when the community has to bear the cost of unproven treatments, as with some alternative practices adopted in SUS.
Before throwing the first stone of the wall at Ainsworths or the prince, consider the reader if he does not profess belief in similarly enormous enormities. Holy water, maybe? Tarot? Unload? NGOs that burn forests and spill oil on the beaches?
That piece of wood inside the crystal box may not really be the wood of the cross of Christ. It also seems unlikely that the Holy Shroud ever involved the body of the Messiah.
Believe what you want. But if symptoms do not improve, please seek medical attention. Really.
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