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Don't forget the water. If it's a normal headache, a glass is fine -- for a bad headache, better go with a liter or two.


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I'm all for home remedies. I'm also all for the power of the body to heal itself with placebos. For example, I know very very well that if I drink a full glass of milk -- not water, milk -- as quickly as possible when I have the hiccups, I will stop having the hiccups. It has always worked. It has never failed. I'm sure my mother told me it would work when I was three, and it did work, and now that I'm in my thirties it works still. I'm also sure there's some minor truth to it (pressure changes in the abdomen causing the diaphragm muscles to relax, or some such).

But mostly, I'm sure it works because I'm convinced it will work, and so it does. Even though intellectually I know it's probably just a placebo, the subconscious is certain.

(Of course, I'm no longer capable of drinking a full eight ounces of milk quickly because of the surgery, so it's academic, but hey -- that's neither here nor there, is it.)

Anyway, David Morgan-Mar brings the power of science and logic to the question of homeopathics today. Now, there's probably some useful bits in homeopathic medicine. The original basis of some remedies are probably perfectly valid. However, there's also some obvious and complete superstition involved... to the point where some homeopathic remedies are one step below sympathetic magic. And he hits on my own personal favorite -- the idea that the more you dilute a remedy, the more effective it is.

That's right. The more you dilute it, the more effective it is.

I swear neither Morgan-Mar nor I made this up.

So, Ophilia has taken this to its logical conclusion today. After all -- we live in a convenience society. Naturally, a pill form of homeopathic medicine would be optimized for convenience.

Don't mess with scientists who have a sense of humor. They will bring the Mock, and they will do it well.

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I always felt that if it worked better the more it was dilluted, then none at all would be optimal.

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