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Monday, December 10, 2007 

Shake the bottle, wake the taste!

You have to pity the Guardian readers' editor, Siobhain Butterworth, having to deal with complaints from homeopaths about Ben Goldacre's recent complete deconstruction of layer after layer of bullshit following Jeanette Winterson's attempt at defending the practice of treating people with what is to all intents and purposes, water.

This sums up the quackery and delusions nicely:

One complainant says: "Goldacre seems to think that homeopathic remedies are prepared by diluting substances. He omits the critical component of shaking ('succussion') between serial dilutions without which they would, indeed, be merely water rather than potentised substances."

Ah, now that explains it. Homeopathic remedies are like Orangina. You have to shake it to wake it.

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