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Homeopaths Without Borders Makes Trip Number 5 To Haiti

Posted by Sanjib Sarkar on Thu, Dec 16, 2010 @ 12:23 PM
  
  

haiti nursing studentsHomeopaths without borders, an organization of homeopaths that helps nations during disasters, has made their 5th trip to Haiti.  This organization made their first trip February of 2010.  The situation was quite grim in February.  This organization helped to treat patients in Haiti for ailments such as burns, physical trauma ,injuries, fear, dizziness, headaches, urinary tract infections, eye problems and dehydration. 

The situation in Haiti has improved significantly since February.  Haiti still does need International help.  This November trip, a group of homeopaths returned to Saint Vincent's School For Handicapped Children.  Ailments treated there were acute and/or chronic stomach problems, headaches, eye problems, rash and cough. 

Homeopaths without borders has visited Universite Notre Dame D’Haiti twice.  The first time was to set up a homeopath training class.  The class consisted of 120 nursing students.  The homeopaths went back a few days later to treat students that may have any ailments. 

This group also visited the baptist mission in Delmar area of Port Au Prince.  The group treated children with severe cases of scabies and other rashes, fevers, stomach problems, and other ailments. 

Homeopaths without borders will continue to visit Haiti for the short term.  They are looking to expand their homeopathy training classes for nursing students.   Long range goals include opening up a homeopathic clinic to treat patients in Haiti.

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COMMENTS

So a bunch of people with no medical training used a bunch of remedies with no provable medicinal benefit on people suffering significant and in some cases potentially life-threatening conditions. 
 
The only remaining question is, who's raising funds to defend the malpractice and fraud suits?

posted @ Sunday, December 19, 2010 4:11 PM by Guy Chapman


You are taking pills to a disaster-zone. Pills that could be real medication. But instead you go to all of that trouble to transport and distribute a placebo. 
 
That's like going to a famine-zone and handing out diet-coke. 
 
Please. Take whatever alternative medicine you want, but don't give unproven treatments to people who are in desperate need of real medical attention.

posted @ Sunday, December 19, 2010 6:55 PM by Matt Parker


In Haiti they'd be better off sticking to voodoo. It's just as effective as homeopathy.

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 4:37 AM by Blue Bubble


Why did so many go? If homeopathy proves anything it's that an undetectable dose is more powerful. Perhaps only one homeopath should have gone. Or none.

posted @ Monday, December 20, 2010 10:25 AM by terry mulvey


I have to say, while I understand "treating" yuppies homeopathically really amounts to separating a moron from his money, these people are truly cruel. I honestly hope nothing but the worst for the lot of them.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 2:22 PM by steve irwin


Why? 
 
This is just plain exploitation of people in truly terrible circumstances.  
 
Do them a real favour, stay at home.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 2:44 PM by Dan Grout


Where do you begin with such stupidity? No seriously, where? Do you start with the fact that you spent time and resources loading a plane with drugs that have been proven not to work, or that you sent snake oil sales men instead of trained medical professionals. Or perhaps we could start with the fact that you people are so unbelievable deluded and/or stupid that you think that this is an ok thing to do.  
 
How can giving third world people an asanine, wishy-washy hope pills be a beneficial thing? What is wrong with you people? In what world is this an ok thing to do? You people are either incredibly stupid or incredibly sick.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 2:56 PM by Adam White


Smart move, treating conditions that would likely have cleared up on their own anyway. The only way homeopaths can make a real difference to this world is to take themselves out of it.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 2:59 PM by James McGill


You're just the worst kind of people.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:10 PM by Lisa


In Haiti they'd be better off sticking to voodoo. It's just as effective as homeopathy. 

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:20 PM by Human Rights


If you want to believe that homeopathy helps you get over a cold or achy joint be my guest. But telling people in this desperate life/death situation you can help them is utterly disgraceful, with nothing but your own word as evidence you should be ashamed.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:23 PM by James McK


The is just a big fraud.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:44 PM by Idi Amin


Doesn't this country have enough superstitions? My coworker is from Haiti, and she believes that there are voodoo priests that can turn you into a goat. They are currently lynching hundreds of people on the streets because they're accused of causing cholera through witchcraft. Please stop spreading needless misinformation to people in need! 
 
Instead, why not do something truly noble to your cause- go home, and prove that homeopathy isn't a superstition. Release a peer-reviewed study. Disaster victims aren't guinea pigs!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:44 PM by Jonny


You should all be ashamed of yourselves for spending time and money on misinforming and doing a grievous medical disservice to these people. They need food, shelter, water, and legitimate medical care... not your unproven (and disproven) charlatanism. This is truly a shame, and I only hope you reverse your course before your "techniques" actually kill the people who listen to your advice.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 3:57 PM by Michael


Wait, guys - there is one medical condition on their list which can be treated using homeopathic remedies - DEHYDRATION! Because it's just water! eh? geddit? 
 
Seriously, it is despicable that you're spending money shipping out pills with no proven medical benefits, and then even worse LYING to the people you're treating. Please don't go again, unless you're taking proper medication with you.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:08 PM by Katie Steckles


While I understand that your organization has goodwill in its heart, it has picked one of the worst possible ways to 'help' the Haitians. Selling hemeopathic 'cures' to twentysomething hipsters or sixtysomething hippies is one thing (I'm reminded of the phrase 'a fool and his money are soon parted'), but you are passing off homeopathy as medical care for serious illnesses and injuries, which is not okay. I sincerely hope that these homeopathic remedies are not being portrayed as medical treatments to the under-informed Haitian people. Having Homeopathy's failures under its own umbrella is one thing, but causing people to lose faith in valid medicine is something completely different. By the way, your JavaScript on this site needs some serious help.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:10 PM by Tenebrarum


i'm glad you feel compelled to help the people in haiti. but instead of filling their heads with this insipid, poorly thought out hokum, maybe you could do something real for them. pay for real medicines, real doctors, anything but this. homeopathy should be illegal, and you are criminals for bringing this to the desperate people of haiti.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:26 PM by Jeff Sanderson


I know you guys believe you're helping... but I want to ask you a question... 
 
If your child had a serious illness, and you're living in your safe Western country.. would you take them to a Doctor? or would you just give them your little sugar pills? If you honestly would not take them to a Doctor... you frighten me. If you would... then you should think very carefully about what you're doing now. You have an opportunity to take *real* medicine and aid to these people who are in more need than you can ever conceive... yet THIS is what you are bringing them. It's your choice..

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:36 PM by Jude Adamson


That's fine, go ahead. It's your conscience on the line when someone dies because you thought buffer is appropriate medicine.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:40 PM by y n


You are a bunch of evil morons - why not give the people of Haiti the money that you're wasting so that they can buy the things that they really need.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:43 PM by Phil Ball


I can't even believe this exists... 
 
I thought homeopathy was fairly benign but this is flat out destructive. You all should be ashamed that you don't have the courage to find the information necessary to determine that this practice is false. There is no scientific backing whatsoever and if you think there is, you have not looked hard enough.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:46 PM by Chris K


Fantastic! Instead of actually helping people, you exploit the opportunity to pray on ignorant peasants who do not have the education to distinguish actual medicine from pseudo-science. 
 
I bet you feel like missionaries, when if fact you are selling lies to unfortunates who do not know better: shame on you! SHAME.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:48 PM by Mobius


Are you kidding me. You are wasting money giving people worthless treatments when you could be spending it to make a real difference in the lives of these people? What is WRONG with you? Real science has proven homeopathy to be worthless over and over and over again. Yet idiots like you continue to push this crap on unsuspecting, uneducated people. CHARLATANS!!!!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:49 PM by Elice


Bunch of opportunist fake science wannabees

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:49 PM by yourall abunch offrauds


Of the list of ailments you claim to have treated, the only one that can be treated with water, is deydration. Thus I have no doubt that you helped treat it. However the other ailments require more than the cell memory of h2o, a nice chat and pointless dietary restrictions.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 4:57 PM by Brendan


Might as well teach them how to build coffins while you're down there. Leave the medicine to real doctors. You all should be arrested.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:03 PM by Collin


I burst out laughing when I saw the link to this as I thought it was a joke. I'm flabergasted to find out this is real. Idiots.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:09 PM by Neil


You are horrific people. You could help people. You could heal them. Instead, you give them water. Your pseudo-science is not what these people need. Had you given the money it took to get there to real doctors, you'd actually be doing some good. 
 
You disgust me.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:11 PM by Yonkeltron


Those people dont need your bull. Practice on someone with money who wants it, not these poor people who need real help from real doctors. 
 

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:12 PM by baloney


Jeez, all these negative comments are really DILUTING my enthusiasm for the homeopathy. They're basically POURING COLD WATER on the practice. Haven't you guys heard that A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY when it comes to negative feedback? Why not SUGAR THE PILL a little? Etc

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:15 PM by Zeno Cosini


These people need real medicine not quackery. Shame on you.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:25 PM by Roj


Why do homeopaths spend so much time in the bathroom? 
 
They're cleaning the blood off their hands.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:26 PM by Davis Wahl


It would be much easier and more effective if instead of flying there just get a forest fighting plane fill it up with water, put a single drop of antibiotics (too much I know) and carpet bomb the island with it. Why waste time handing out the pills? Those who need it get it those who don't need medication well they aren't getting it either! Everyone Wins!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:30 PM by JASON


This is just evil. 
 
Are you going to keep track of how many people you kill?

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:32 PM by wow


This is the dumbest thing I have read all year. Not only are you a humanitarian organization that is promoting medical fraud, but you actually are collecting money from people who think you are doing something positive in the world. Do yourselves a favor, quit your job and go work for an organization that is actually worthwhile.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:34 PM by PK


These people are facing diseases like cholera. Over a thousand people have died from this deadly disease. What can a homeopath do except make matters worse by "teaching" nonsense and giving false hope to people who need QUALIFIED medical attention.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:42 PM by Jim


Homeopathy < Magic < Medicine

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 5:46 PM by Dan


Hell, by the principals of homeopathy, they should just throw a microgram of medicine into the ocean, that would be strong enough to cure everybody! 
 
God, homeopaths piss me off. Don't these morons have any morality or ethics?

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:17 PM by John W


How dare you waste people's time with this homeopathic bullshit. Sick people need real help!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:20 PM by Andy


I wonder how many of many people died as a result of been given water and suger pills instead of the antibiotics that could have saved there lives.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:23 PM by rob


Ok so i'm not here to call you all idiots, I'm here to call you all idiots.  
 
good day. 

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:26 PM by Anon(first time being anon too!)


Homeopathy is useless, you idiots should take your own pills until you die of an overdose. 
 
How many pills would it take? Ask James Randi.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:27 PM by scoby


This is nonsense. Homeopathic medicine does not work. Period. You could be doing significant good for these people and yet you are choosing to do what is tantamount to the exact opposite. You sicken me.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:33 PM by John Dickinson


All these negative comments seems to imply that homeopathy is not real medicine. 
 
I know for a fact that it is ... in fact a friend of mine once died from an overdose of a homeopathic remedy when he forgot to take his pill. His body just couldn't handle an infinitely small dose.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:42 PM by David


Hmm, not sure about 'homeopaths without borders'. 'Homeopaths without ethics' might be more appropriate in this instance. 
 
I consider it shameful that a set of anachronistic and poorly researched beliefs continue to be touted as a genuine medical model, despite the lack of evidence of efficacy. 
 
Using placebos to treat vulnerable people is irresponsible; teaching them that placebos are an effective alternative to properly tested treatments is misleading and dangerous. 

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 6:53 PM by paolov


I really want to see the look on a particle physicist's face when he hears about "water memory".

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:10 PM by Friend


So what's the angle here, homeopaths? Get a bunch of "healers" trained up and then get them to buy your sugar pills and water droplets? 

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:14 PM by Mark


Step 1: Pour water across bible 
Step 2: Collect water into a bucket 
Step 3: Using an eye dropper, mix 2-6 drops of "holy water" to 1 gallon drinking water 
Step 4: ??? 
Step 5: Profit with the knowledge that you somehow made a difference.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:21 PM by Dave


From the text at the very top of this page, this website apparently is: 
 
"Homeopathic Medicine Blog" 
 
That's your first big mistake. This may be a blog, but homeopathy ain't medicine. It's pseudo scientific quackery.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:22 PM by Zeno


This would be funny if it weren't so cruel. Give these poor people some medicine that works.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:22 PM by Ben


You appall and disgust me. How self-congratulatory of your organization.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:39 PM by Fred Dawes


Hi homeopaths! I just wanted to come here and apologize for all these idiots below me and tell you what a great job you're doing. Keep up the good work. =)

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:49 PM by Eva


It's bad enough that you people separate gullible fools from their money here in the United States, but taking this nonsense to Haiti and giving it to people who need genuine medical and nutritional care is a crime against humanity. 
You should all be disgusted with yourselves.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:50 PM by An actual medical professional


You aren't doing these people any favors here, just stop. This is exploitation, pure and simple. You have absolutely no scientific backing for these "remedies" you're purporting to work. Why? 
 
BECAUSE THEY DON'T WORK, IT'S A PLACEBO. You're much better off just sitting at home and praying for them, it'll do just as much good.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:56 PM by Mike


Might as well get Harry Potter to administer the medicine...

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 7:58 PM by Fo shizzle


I can't believe you uneducated self-serving LUNATICS would go and interfere with real and meaningful aid in Haiti. Stay home you idiots!!!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:00 PM by Bill Savary


you people are sick...

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:05 PM by Jesus


How would this help them? The Haitians are at risk of cholera, infections, malnutrition. And you give them sugar and water. Homeopathy does not work and never will. You are putting lives at risk for your own profit. You could be sending trained medical professionals with proper treatment but you choose to send quacks who couldn't pass grade 2 science.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:15 PM by Bob


Take real medicine to these people. Cut the crap, these people are in desperate need, dont waste their time with this stuff. 
 
When a person in need comes to you and dies becuase the hope/medicine you gave them was bs, you PRETTY MUCH JUST KILLED AN INNOCENT PERSON. 
 
Hope you feel good at night.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:17 PM by concerned citzen


Duping middle-class westerners out of money in return for small amounts of water because of your mutual stupidity is fine, when a real medical service is in place to save you when the homeopathy again fails to work. But bringing it to a real disaster area is beyond dangerous. I urge you to think deeply about what you are doing, and wish to reexamine the lack of proof for your wishy washy voodoo. Real aid should be brought to the poor haitians, not your half baked, un-scientific "medicines".

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:18 PM by CJBoyd


This is deplorable; taking agreement from anyone as to the reality of homeopathy is sick, perverted and wrong.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:48 PM by Bornagain Atheist


So a bunch of people with no medical training used a bunch of remedies with no provable medicinal benefit on people suffering significant and in some cases potentially life-threatening conditions.  
 
The only remaining question is, who's raising funds to defend the malpractice and fraud suits?

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:50 PM by Copied another post I totally agree with


I hope you realize people will die because of what you are doing.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 8:56 PM by Bob


You killed people with your ignorance.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:00 PM by The truth


The Wikipedia article for Homeopathy lists "Quackery" in the See Also section. Think about this ... just for a moment. Now please do something ethical and good and sensible with the rest of your lives. This quackery might make you feel good, and people may look happy as you do it, but it is dangerous, and you may be endangering lives.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:05 PM by Dangerous


Great idea! With all the transitional approaches, I bet the Haitians will really benefit from this approach! 
 
Keep up the good work!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:32 PM by Jeremy


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posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:37 PM by foo


It is your choice to use alternative medicine as educated members of a society with access to traditional healthcare. The wares you peddle in Haiti, however, are pitched as actual medicine. They are not.  
 
Please understand that what you are doing is more dangerous than helpful. Please understand that you're conviction that homeopathy cured your back pain has nothing to do with Haitians suffering from cholera, typhoid, malaria and other serious, deadly, illnesses.  
 
Your desire to help is admirable. Your methods are not. The people of Haiti deserve better.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:55 PM by Thinkharder


This egotistical, self-centred activity is a terrible, terrible thing: the product of narcissism and cognitive dissonance. The only solution is to start regulating homeopathy more rigorously within our own borders. I think the anger is beginning to build. Articles like this will help build the political will to stamp it out. I'm glad to see the wealth of responses.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 9:57 PM by David Week


You should be ashamed. You could have spent that money on real medical care but instead, you've used those poor people as a springboard to further your own misguided pseudo science. If you really cared, you would've dropped the snake oil and taken them some antibiotics. I hope you burn in hell.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 10:17 PM by Marcus Harrison M.D.


As a physician, I am angered to the nth degree by the sheer ignorance and arrogance of these homeopaths.  
 
Is allowing adults and children to die to stroke your own ego part of homeopathic treatment? That's what you're doing here. You are holding your breath and stomping your feet like little children, demanding to be taken seriously, and harming countless others in the process. 
 
You are despicable, unethical con artists.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 10:31 PM by Matthew


Homeopaths are seriously mentally traumatized individuals. Unreal how they can perpetuate this con!

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 11:50 PM by What


If you are going to go to Haiti, do not bring your quack imaginary medicine. Bring food, or better yet, just send money. This will be nothing but a trip for bleeding hearts to post "vacation" photos on their Facebook of how they assuaged their liberal guilt by condescendingly "helping" brown people.

posted @ Sunday, January 02, 2011 11:51 PM by thekadar81@hotmail.com


Are you joking? You would dare to instruct nursing students in homeopathy? These people are in dire need of actual medicine, not your snake oil. I would never attempt to remove from you your right to practice whatever quackery you would like, but if you honestly believe that this is a part of the solution then you are an inherently deluded individual. There is no scientific proof that homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment to anything... except maybe dehydration.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 12:18 AM by Seriously?


You people are worthless. I hope you all actually get cancer and use your own homeopathic bullshit and then die. I'd shit on your graves, but that'd be an insult to my shit.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 12:23 AM by personwhotalks


expensive water

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 12:31 AM by urshilikai


This is despicable. Selling or giving snake oil to People in need. You should be banished from the planet. One day you will be when people wake up and realize that all you have to offer is expensive water.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 12:57 AM by Cattus


You are not helping these people!!! 
 
Homeopathy is a con... it's fake... it's charlatanism; quackery. It is disgusting and unethical to pretend to "help" these desperate people with your unscientific nonsense.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 2:34 AM by Sara


This upsets me. A girl in my town recently DIED because her parents chose to treat her illness with homeopathy instead of conventional medicine. Her disease was curable. 
 
Taking advantage of desperate people who know no better is just WRONG.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 2:39 AM by Jas


homeopaths without marbles, more like.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 3:45 AM by rowett


Haven't these people suffered enough without being tricked into sugar pills instead or real medicine that could actually help? Wouldn't it be better to take the money you're spending sending all those charlatans to Haiti and spending it on something that would actually help them?  
Your presence there will do more harm than good!

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 4:11 AM by Ben Hunt


Not only are you sucking funds from charitable people that may otherwise have paid for effective medicine, not only are you giving people the illusion of having treatment when none is given, preventing them from seeking the real help they so desperately need, but worst of all, training nurses in places like Haiti in homeopathy is effectively removing genuine medical practitioners from the region. 
 
Your work, though I've no doubt well intentioned, has an overall negative effect on the health of Haitians. People are going to die, and some of those deaths will be directly caused by your actions. It is not enough simply to be well intentioned. The world is complex and medicine especially so. It is, of course, fine to indulge your beliefs without properly researching them when nobody else's health is at stake. That is your right. But when it is someone else's health on the line -- especially on the scale it is in Haiti -- it could be tantamount to manslaughter if you get it wrong. And you have got it badly wrong. 
 
That is why this kind of thing is best left to organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières and the WHO. I would urge you to donate your Haiti relief fund to Médecins Sans Frontières where it can make a real and positive difference.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 4:27 AM by Andrew Taylor


Hi, 
I'm a Haitian orphan and I was helped by the Homeopaths without borders guys. I had terrible tremors about a year ago that managed to knock down my house and surrounding neighbourhood. They gave me a potion that stopped it happening again. They really are great people. 
I owe you one guys!

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 5:07 AM by Patrick King


Brilliant

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 5:10 AM by Barry


Others have already expressed this better - but just to add to the chorus of despicable, greedy, wicked, exploiting . . .  
 
If it was not for the request to avoid foul language I could have been more honest about this foul activity.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 5:51 AM by Janice Haigh


The article states: 
 
"This organization helped to treat patients in Haiti for ailments such as burns, physical trauma ,injuries, fear, dizziness, headaches, urinary tract infections, eye problems and dehydration." 
 
I'll give you that last one: homeopathy is 100% effective against dehydration. 
 
As for everything else; utter tosh. I cannot describe my anger at this kind of exploitative nonsense. It's truly disgusting.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 6:00 AM by Jeremy Keith


The article states: 
 
"This organization helped to treat patients in Haiti for ailments such as burns, physical trauma ,injuries, fear, dizziness, headaches, urinary tract infections, eye problems and dehydration." 
 
I'll give you that last one: homeopathy is 100% effective against dehydration. 
 
As for everything else; utter tosh. I cannot describe my anger at this kind of exploitative nonsense. It's truly disgusting.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 6:02 AM by Jeremy Keith


I expected to feel irate after reading this article, but actually I just feel sad. Mostly for the Haitian people, still in desperate need and being fobbed off with quackery.  
 
But also a little for the homeopaths, who wasted all that time and money when they could have taken real genuine supplies. If sympathy sounds strange, I guess I think of them as comparable to the mad old bat who sits in my city centre every day being mocked and scorned, nevertheless believing that she has gods wisdom to impart to us godless heathens. Bless her.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 6:28 AM by Emma


Having grown up with a mother that believed heavily in homeopathy, I think it is particularly telling that whenever anything more serious than a bump, scratch or a bruise occurred, she still took me or my siblings to a doctor or other healthcare professional. Placebos are effective for treating a patient who has suffered a non-threatening injury, as what you are treating is the perception of pain or injury - sometimes imagining being cured makes it a reality. 
 
Haiti has been stricken by a massive natural disaster, that has left its residents exposed to many dangerous tropical diseases as well as physical injuries from the earthquake and its aftermath. 
Malaria can't be imagined away, and homeopathy can't help treat or protect against it. Fanciful hobbies won't harm you when you practise them safe at home in your developed countries, but they will harm people who are told they are being treated or cured without the protection of actual medicine.  
 
Please take a minute to consider this and stop toying with desperate, unlucky people in a life and death situation.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 7:37 AM by Tom Delamore


You would do better to put the funds towards some medicine they actually need that is proven to work, rather than "medicine" that has the proven basis of tictacs. Take food. Send money.  
 
You do more harm than good. A good deal more harm.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 7:40 AM by Jin Shei


What more can I add to the words of common sense above? All has been said.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 7:41 AM by Dave B


You're wasting the invaluable education time of Haitian nurses who could have a real impact on solving health problems. Perhaps it would have been better to say: "you're diluting their education."

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:12 AM by Adrian J. Ebsary


Why on earth would you waste the time of people who need REAL medicine with your QUACK medicine? Get real.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:16 AM by Maria


It saddens me that money is wasted in places like Haiti when it could be used effectively on things that work. 
 
I'm currently in the middle of a long term homeopathy overdose. Unsurprisingly, nothing bad has happened. 
 
http://furtherthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/11/homeopathy-overdose.html 
http://furtherthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/11/homeopathy-overdose-update-british.html 
http://furtherthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/11/homeopathy-overdose-update-homeopathic.html 
http://furtherthoughtsfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/12/homeopathy-overdose-first-sytmptoms.html 
 
I'll be doing another update this week - sneek preview, I'll be criticising registered homeopaths for not taking me seriously after their registered body advised me to see a registered homeopath.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:24 AM by EnglishAtheist


Like another commenter, when I heard abut a "Homeopaths Without Borders" article, I thought it would be a spoof. The fact that it is real, that it actually happened in this supposed age of science and rationalism, disgusts me.  
 
These people have gone through unimaginable hardship and suffering, and to effectively say, "Have some Evian, it'll cure all your ills!" is worse than the general lunacy of thinking it could actually work, despite a plethora of evidence to the contrary, it's destructive, immoral, and preventing genuinely sick people from getting better. I don't know how you can bear to look at yourselves in the mirror, or worse, look those you wrong in the eye as you give them quackery rather than medicine, parcelled as the hope they so dearly need.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:39 AM by Amy


I am reassured to see so many people questioning the value of homoeopathy. Homeopaths should think carefully about why this is.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:42 AM by Dave M


Disgusting.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 8:55 AM by Amy


Wow, this is great. I know I'd be glad to have people give me candy if I were dying of cholera.  
 
Like others have mentioned, why not use the budget you will be wasting/was wasted on these trips to help the actual LICENSED MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS give the proper aid needed to these people, not this homeopathic quakery...?

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 10:08 AM by Rembrandt Q. Einstein


What's next, Astrologers without borders?

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 12:21 PM by Steve


If you are in an operating room, would you say to your doctor that you just need a drop of anesthetic, NO you don't, cuz you will scream in agony, and so does these poor Haitian when you introduce them to a drop of antibiotics or some shit to make them feel ok....... 
 
YOU PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 1:23 PM by jim


This reminds me of missionaries going to war zones. Except the missionaries usually took medicine and food with them, not sugar pills. 
 
There are too many problems with this for it to be defensible even as well-intentioned delusion.

posted @ Monday, January 03, 2011 4:49 PM by Guy Chapman


It's very sweet that you want to play dress-up-doctors but these are real people with real problems and pretending that your little sweeties will make their ow-ows go away is both naive and stupid. You keep playing in your sandbox if it makes you happy but leave the real work to real doctors.

posted @ Tuesday, January 04, 2011 6:02 AM by Quincy


please stop this, I really really mean it, stop this, think about the dying people there, think about the children, this is like handing them false hope, what they need is real hope, real doctors, real medicine, real facilities, and real information......please don't do this to them....please I'm begging you

posted @ Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:07 AM by jim


Are these people wicked or just wickedly stupid? Unbelievable.

posted @ Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:39 PM by Nick


If anyone wants to pursue a cultural relativism line, saying that homoeopathy has a way of thinking that's just as valid as western science, I have a blog post for you. 
http://rebellionkidsblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/cultural-relativism.html

posted @ Wednesday, January 05, 2011 5:52 AM by Adam Casey


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