Here’s a great article about the nonsense of Homeopathy, the idea that giving people a dilute solution of a substance that causes their symptoms can cure those symptoms. A couple of ideas that hadn’t registered with me before:
1. One of the standard dilutions used is 100C, which translates to 1 in 100100. To translate that into terms that we can understand (kinda), if you magically created a new atom that did not exist anywhere else in the entire universe, then counted up all the other atoms in the universe, your novel atom would still not be as diluted as a 100C solution.
2. It’s really hard to get totally pure water in any volume, and even harder to keep it uncontaminated as you swish it from beaker to beaker to create your desired dilution. That means that there are background levels of pretty much any chemical you might put in there that would swamp the supposedly ‘medicinal’ levels you’re trying to create. It would be like trying to apply Giselle Bündchen’s lipstick while 10 guys emptied cans of Dulux over her.*
(*In your dreams)