James Randi launched a bold challenge Saturday that aims to debunk so-called homeopathic drugs. The fraud-busting magician even offered $1 million to any manufacturer who could prove they work as directed.That reference to The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is significant, because they're the federal government.
Finding science and medicine experts to defend homeopathy isn't easy. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine offers a primer complete with an explanation of homeopathy regulation, the status of research and more.
Amy Alkon calls homeopathy "a scam".
English doctors call it "witchcraft".
Both of these descriptions make sense to us, since - along with a lot of what some consider mainstream in our NewAge-emersed society - they go hand-in-hand with the occult:
The Occult Bookstore has been offering guidance and books in alternative approaches to spirituality and self-healing since 1917, according to the store's website. It stocks titles on topics such as homeopathy, Zen Buddhism and old Hermetic magic. Though the store carries an array of used books, largely collected from old libraries, it specializes in rare, hand-bound books, such as Aleister Crowley's "The Book of Lies," which can cost up to $2,000. Crystals, amulets and other accessories are sold to complement specific spiritualities, and the store hosts readings, signings and classes that range from spiritual jewelry making to fire eating.Let's see if Randi's offer gets to the bottom of a question we've been asking for years:
Why the American government "offers a primer" on a quack cure "scam", labeled as "witchcraft", that's sold by purveyors of "the occult"?