[ RadSafe ] Letter: Homeopathy and Hormesis
crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 7 16:14:20 CST 2006
I suggest you write a letter to the editor of the
Skeptical Inquirer. That is the source of the letter
I do agree that the conceptual processes behind
homepathy are not the same as for hormesis. Also, I
have not read the review of Copeland Cure that was
cited in the letter.
--- howard long <hflong at pacbell.net> wrote:
> Cameron wrote that hormesis was NOT like hormesis,
> hormesis requires a specific dose range just below
> the harmful level of any substance.
> That is unlike homeopathy, which often
> dilutes so much it is unlikely a single molecule
> remains in a "dose"
> Howard Long
> John Jacobus <crispy_bird at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >From another list server.
> Dear Group,
> Ran across this Letter to the Editor in the latest
> edition of Skeptical Inquirer.
> See http://www.csicop.org/
> I thought some of our group might find it
> I wish John Cameron (sp?) were still around to give
> his views.
> Skeptical Inquirer - the magazine for science and
> reason - Vol. 30, No. 1 Jan/Feb 2006 p.68
> Homeopathy and Hormesis:
> Homeopathy is back, stronger than ever and more
> global. (See the review of Copeland's Cure, SI
> July/August 2005.) Now termed hormesis, it extends
> homeopathy to include toxic chemicals and radiation,
> among other hazardous materials. Hormesis (defined
> operationally as low-dose stimulation, high-dose
> inhibition) is often used to promote the notion that
> while high-level exposure to toxic chemicals are
> detrimental to human health, low-level exposures are
> beneficial, as in homeopathy. Some proponents claim
> hormesis is an adaptive, generalizable phenomenon
> argues that the default assumption for risk
> assessments should be exposure to toxic chemical
> induces stimulatory (i.e., "beneficial") effects at
> low exposures. And, thus, we need not worry.
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John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
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