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My videos have not always been considered completely politcally correct, socially acceptable or even in good taste.
In order to give my lecture, “The Supramolecular Chemistry of the Homeopathic Remedy” at the Cavendish laboratory at Cambridge, England, I had to change the title of this video from “Homeopathy, the Jew of Modern Medicine” to what it is now.
Lately I’ve come to think that maybe I’m not as smart as I used to think. But gee whiz, these people who try to pass off skepticism for intelligence are really stupid.
It seems to me like the same kind of mentality of people who used to burn witches at the stake.
It’s not just the blatant hypocrisy that amazes me, its the unwillingness or inability to challenge it.
It makes me wonder, ‘”what is it I don’t see about myself?” It’s not that I don’t have a lot of objectors, critics and bashers who follow me around, but usually they don’t have anything really constructive to say. It’s mostly just nasty name calling.
Now I got all the LGBT’s hating me.
I’m starting to run out of people to piss off.
Gotta be a reason for it . .
John Benneth, Homeopath
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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th, 2011
It’s been a busy week, a notable week, a week in which the three main stories had pieces inthem that touched my old home town of Portland, Oregon . . or nearby to it.
The four year ordeal ended for Amanda Knox, the 23 year old American girl, and Raffaele Sollecito, 27, an Italian student, who were convicted in 2009 by an Italian kangaroo court for the November 1, 2007 murder of Meredith Kerchner. Knox returned home this week to Seattle, Washington showing signs of post traumatic stress.
The murder conviction was finally overturned after it became obvious to the watching world on appeal that the medieval prosecution had presented no evidenza, no evidence, none, nichts, nothing against the Knox and Sollecito. It all pointed to Rudy Guede, a resident of Perugia, who had already been convicted of Kerchner’s sexual assault and murder and given 30 years.
Apparently the conviction of Guede, whose DNA was plastered all over the crime scene, wasn’t enough drama for prosecutors Giuliano Mignini and Manuela Comodi. They wanted to entertain us all Caligula style with four years of kidnap, cruelty and defamation.
Amongst theories du jour that stood as motives, the tabloidal charges leveled against Knox and Sollecito, were that the murders had been part of a Satanic ritual, the same accusations Migniini had tried to convict 20 others of unsuccessfully before in another case; that Knox was acting on rage induced by smoking marijuana, or hashish; she was jealous; she an Sollecito had been reading pornographic comic books, etc., etc.
Judge Massei hungrily ate it up, as if he had found the details in a magazine rack net to the check out line in Safeway.
I say put these prosecutors and this judge in jail for eight years each, so they can experience what they put their victims through. That’s four years each for Amanda and four years each for Raffaele. I’d suggest these dehumanizers be drug through the mud the same way they did Amanda and Raffaele, but that would just put us on a level with them, now wouldn’t it?
Except in this case the charges would be true.
Maybe we should consider the same treatment for US prosecutors and judges when they cross the line, too.
OCCUPY WALL STREET
This week saw the continuance of an unusual event, one that may be a paradigm shift, planned in August. It began on September 17th and grew into a series of demonstrations throughout the U.S. called Occupy Wall Street. The corwd alls itself the “General Assembly.”
Beginning with a September 17th march on Wall Street in New York by 1,000, with 100 to 200 staying overnight in cardboard boxes, it was a nebulous movement to address the debt ceiling crisis. By this week it had transformed sharpened into demands to separate money from politics by way of a Presidential Commission.
Inspired by other mass movements around the world, Occupy Wall Street was the brainchild of the social activist group Adbusters. It began in Zuccoti Park in New York City and quickly spread to other cities throughout the U.S. threatening to spread further, even beyond the borders of the U.S.
It even came to my town, and Portlan, living up to it’s reputation for weirneess, turned out in all its eclectic shine. Minstrels, hippies, pot heads, cops, nurses, firemen, the National Guard with flowers in their rifle barrels, nuists, skydivers, all pulling for the downall of . . what was it?
Oh yeah, the Bankof America is now harging five ucks a month for the privilege of lettingthem have your money. We, the nation, ail them out an they say thankyou by srrewing us. This country is run by Goldman Sachs until we cut them off at the knees by getting their money out of our politics, tax stock trades, put made back in the USA and get control of our currency, or something like that.
THE DEATH OF STEVE JOBS
The weekdays ended with the October 7th funeral of an iconical American figure, information age visionary Steve Jobs, 56, the founder of Apple Computer. He apparently die of pancreatic cancer, the homeoapthic remey for whih is calcarea arsenicosa 9be areful how you take it) often the end of alcohol abuse in both reformed and active alcoholics. Forbes estimated Jobs 2010 net wealth at $8.3 billion, making him the 42nd wealthiest American.
Some say Jobs had been a difficult man to get along with. But I think most of us who didn’t know him personally think of him warmly, as the greatest innovator of our generation.
He attended college in the same Portland, Oregon neighborhood where I lived for many years when we were both a lot younger. They say he slept on the floor of friends’ houses, which could have been next door or even upstairs in the old brown Queen Anne where I was living downstairs, as many of the tenants around me were Reed College students, where he went to school for a semester and later audited classes.
Was that the guy who used to borrow my vacuum cleaner?
Steve Jobs is a tribute to Amerian ingenuity and success, a rags to riches kind of story. That might have been him I saw collecting Coke bottles alongside the road for money to buy food with. That might have been him trying to get me to go to a Buddhist feast when I was at the airport.
That might have been him wanting to borrow my vacuum cleaner, and then not bringing it back.
Maybe he’s still got it.
Can someone check please?
I always wanted an Apple computer, and still do. Back in the late eighties that was the machine to have for most graphic uses, but at that time I was programming voice telephony functions, and the ancillary equipment, the hardware that went into the bus slots at the back of the machine, were all made for PCs.
The reality distortion field
Apple computer, and Steve Jobs, came to be associated with “the reality distortion field.” a term used to describe Jobs’ ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything, using a mix of superficial charm, charisma, bravado, hyperbole, marketing appeasement and persistence.
Apple was off in its own little world. Just like Steve was. It might have been smaller planet, but everything worked, or at least that was the illusion those of us who didn’t live there had.
I guess that was just the way it was, it was either his way or get back on the space shuttle, go back to PC World.
That’s how you define the American success story. You can look at that as a good thing or not.
Maybe he was lucky, in the right place at the right time, but I‘d prefer to think it as because he was a genius. Never having known him or ever used his equipment, I nevertheless think of him fondly, a distant god, the guy next door.
Supermodels vs. superskeptics: “Homeopathy made me beautiful” and “It’s all in your mind!”
Supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Adriana Lima, Doutzen Kroes, Alessandra Ambrosio, Natalia Vodianova, Daria Werbowy, Miranda Kerr, Carolyn are all now suspects in what super skeptics such as James “the Amazing” Randi, Edzard Ernst, Ben Goldacre, Steven Novella, David Colquhoun say is one of the biggest scams of time! HOMEOPATHY!
DATELINE NEW YORK: The fashion world is all abuzz with this correspondent in reports from the runway that homeopathy makes you beautiful. According to the New York Times, after traveling and working hard, New York fashion designer Phillip Lim was getting a bit puffy, so he tried out a secret remedy that had escaped the runway: Homeopathic Arnica Montana.
“I FELT MY SKIN GLOW”
“I heard of models and other designers taking Arnica before big events or photo shoots, so I thought I’d try it out,” he said. The newspaper reported Mr. Lim tried a three-day oral regimen of arnica. He was pleased with the results. “I did feel like my skin glowed afterwards,” he reportedly said.
International models say, HOMEOPATHY MADE THEM BEAUTIFUL
But does it really work? Or is it all in our minds? According to TOP NEWS, Arnica Montana adds “a special element of attraction to personalities, flushing out impurities and embedding freshness in the skin.” They say the use of homeopathy in the fashion world appears to be so successful that it is said “the fashion industry has had no option but to accept it with open arms.”
But according to skeptics, it just can’t work because they know of no chemistry by which it can work. They say what homeopaths purvey as “Arnica” doesn’t have any detectable Arnica in it at all!
James Randi, a 5’4” 85 year old bald stage magician is very angry.
“These are swindlers liars, cheats, frauds, fakes, criminals,” he says in a Youtube video rant.
“Come on, sue me!” he yells.
He looks at his shoes. “No they won’t sue me, they know damn well their case won’t stand up in a court of law! It doesn’t stand up in science at all, it falls apart, and they say ‘but we’ve got these affidavits,’” he pauses, chuckles and goes off the rails with a strange non sequitor.
Affidavits? What’s he talking about?
“Yeah,” he says, “and Nixon said he didn’t now about Watergate . . and he was the President of the United States! Now am I understandably angry about this thing? Have I got a good cause to be angry?”
“Not really,” says John Benneth, homeopath. “Actually the opposite is the truth. If what he said was true, then he’d be suing us, and winning.”
At the end of the video the enterainer makes a rambling pitch for his “educational” foundation in Ft, Lauderdale: “To run this foundation in Florida and try to attract people to it so they subscribe to the foundation and help to support us.” He starts to mumble, “ . . what I’m shamelessly doing for you right now . . if you want to do it on a more local level . .”
Contrary to what Randi says, people who have made an in depth study of homeopathy say you don’t have to know how it works to know that it does. In fact, too much use can be dangerous!
DANGER: Overuse may have adverse side effects!
At the New York Fashion Week, the homeopathic remedy was reportedly used topically by models as a gel to cure puffiness and get an instant glow. Some report they have also used it orally.
Lim says, ““It’s supposed to slim you down because it flushes you out. And it clears up your skin.”
But one manufacturer of an Arnica based skin cream says too much too often may be harmful. Despite her use of Arnica in a topical product, Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas remains concerned about long-term oral use.
“I would be O.K. if they did it for a few days for a photo shoot once a month,” she said of those who take it orally. “But if they’re having a photo shoot every week, and they’re regularly on it, I would be very worried. Especially for models, they’re very thin, and it’s easier to get toxicity.”
The NY Times reports that in online homeopathy forums Arnica oil has also been touted as a remedy for alopecia, or hair loss. Others reported that it clears up skin inflammations. Nelsons Pure and Clear Acne Gel lists Arnica as one of four active ingredients. In an Elle magazine interview, the model Gisele Bundchen touted Nelson’s gel as a gentle way to clear up blemishes.
As a homeopath I (John Benneth) am interested in Arnica for deeper things than as just a superficial beauty aid, but as an internal beauty aid as well . . for what it does to the human Spirit. I have seen it happen with my clients. A kind of beauty comes over them. They seem happier.
Arnica serves as a wonderful introduction to homeopathy. It is the most popular homeopathic remedy sold.
Since ancient times Arnica, which is made from a yellow mountain daisy, has been a chief vulnerary, i.e. healer of wounds. Homeopaths have long recognized it as a “traumatic” par excellence.
According to the N.Y. Times, orthopedic surgeons prescribe arnica; dermatologists recommend it after plastic surgery and after injections of Botox and Restylane.
When the fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg was injured in a ski accident in January, during her recovery she tweeted, “Arnica gel is the best thing you can do for bruises. … I cannot say it enough …,”
One of the odd indicators that Arnica is needed as a remedy for an illness is “coldness of the nose.” For example, John Clarke, MD, notes a case of facial neuralgia on the left side, the face swollen, dark red, very painful to touch. He writes it was cured with Arnica, the guiding symptom being “cold nose.”
A warning here: Arnica is often used topically for wounds, but it should not be used directly on broken skin. If it must be used as an ointment, it should be applied to the part that is not injured. This may seem counterintuitive, but there are many things about homeopathy that do not make sense to those who have not studied it.
Here are clinical conditions listed by Clarke which indicates treatment with an oral dose of homeopathic Arnica is neeeded:
“Abscess. Apoplexy. Back, pains in. Baldness. Bed-sores. Black-eye. Boils. Brain, affections of. Breath, fetid. Bronchitis. Bruises. Carbuncle. Chest, affections of. Chorea. Corns. Cramp. Diabetes. Diarrhœa. Dysentery. Ecchymosis. Excoriations. Exhaustion. Eyes, affections of. Feet, sore. Hæmatemesis. Hæmaturia. Headache. Heart, affections of. Impotence. Labour. Lumbago. Meningitis. Mental alienation. Miscarriage. Nipples, sore. Nose, affections of. Paralysis. Pelvic hæmatocele. Pleurodynia. Purpura. Pyæmia. Rheumatism. Splenalgia. Sprain. Stings. Suppuration. Taste, disorders of. Thirst. Traumatic fever. Tumours. Voice, affections of. Whooping-cough. Wounds. Yawning.”
Before taking Arnica for any condition, consult your homeopath!
There are also mental indications which suggest Arnica’s use broadly in quantum psychiatry as a pre-emptive strike on pandemic mental conditions.
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EVEN FAMOUS DEBUNKER USES HOMEOPATHY TO TREAT CANCER
“According to a report by the United States General Accounting Office, more than half of the drugs approved by the FDA between 1976 and 1985 had severe or fatal side-effects that had not been detected during the agency’s review and testing.
“In other words, after drug companies spent an estimated 12 years and $231 million dollars to research, test, and secure new drug approval through a very hands-on FDA approach, most of the drugs had to be taken off the market or required major label changes due to missed safety issues.” (Kaviraj)
Where is organized skepticism of the brand preached by Phil Plait of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) on this Amazing Contraindication?
Oh yes, we hear plenty about how JREF has “One Million Dollars” . . amen? . . to throw away on”proof” that homeopathy “works,” but where is their phony offer to Pfizer and other such racketeers to prove their drugs have any use but capitalized murder?
Look, if untested allopathic “medicines,” i.e. poison, of the like dealt by “doctors,” (medical malpractitioners) Pfizer bribed to push them, were subjected to the same standards demanded of homeopathy through traditional use and FDA standards, there would be no allopathic drug industry.
Meanwhile, homeopathic are being use in countries thorughout the world to treat people with such diverse infeections as diabetes, cancer, Dengue fever, malaria, diptheria, influenza, AIDS, malaria . . and, as you can see by the commentary, this drives supporters of the allopathic death industry stark raving nuts. If they could do somthing about it in a court of law to shut down homeoapthy, they would have done it long ago. It hasn’t been for lack of trying. Homeoapthics are FDA regulated, and therefore FDA accepted and protected!
This explains reams of false acusations, years of whining and impotent challenges that have le to nothing in the fruitless attempt to shut down the only curative medicine on the planet.
Choose homeopathy. When you get sick, when you’re not feeling well, avoid the merchants of death, don’t listen to magicians, go to a homeopath, only s/he can save you.
The Others will kill you.
ONE DOSE IS ALL IT TAKES . .
Coincidence? Even homeopathy debunker James “Arsenicum” Randi has taken homeopathic treatment, to save his life from cancer! He is so afraid of dying that he will do anything to stay alive, to avoid that Eternal Fire of Judgement Day, photographed in Finland taking what he reportedly claimed was Arsenicum, which out of 70+ homeopathic remedies is the main one for cancer, especially cancers of the gut.
John Benneth, Homeopath vs. James Randi, Pseudoscientist
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”
It’s been said John Benneth carries a grudge against James “the Amazing” Randi because 12 years ago Benneth took Randi’s Challenge to prove homeopathy . . and Randi backed out.
But it could also be said the Benneth carries the torch for Randi, because Randi has been regarded as the King of the Skeptics, a man with a kind of laser like x-ray vision who can see through any kind of deception, detect any kind of fraud, and I, John “the Prosaic” Benneth just keep plodding along in search of the facts.
Take this video for instance. Note the differences in Randi between his stage appearance at TED in 2007 and the video recording done in the JREF library in 2011. Notice especially his eyes. It is my suggestion here that Randi’s continued abuse of Calms Forte, which essentially is not homeopathic, but slips past FDA regulations by claiming to be homeopathic, has created irreversible effects, both seen and unseen . . the unseen being intestinal cancer.
Make your own investigation here. Watch the video and then read my commentary below. decide for yourself what is real, what is illusion . .
What follows the commentary is a transcript of the video for your analysis and search engine indexing.
This gets even more mysterious when we examine the item Randi slam dunks . . Calms Forte . . more closely. It isn’t homeopathic. It may say it’s homeopathic, and by US government standards of the HPUS it may technically may be homeopathic (although I doubt it), but neither are the ingredients of Calms Forte being used homeopathically, nor are they of a truly homeopathic potency!
That’s right. It only says it is. Because it says it is, the majority of users assume it is. Homeopathic “drugs” are not subject to the same testing requirements of commercial patent medicines, and so this allows the manufacturer to bring an actual drug, in it original molecular form, to market without question.
I’ll prove it to you, slowly, inexorably, but with a dogged appetite for reason..
“Why John, why?” you may ask, and the answer is simply this. This is inextricably woven into how we think about what is medicine, healing and cure. This is about a racket, probably the world’s greatest operating sub silentio, protected by illusion, supported by the likes of a confessed charlatan.
Zicam did exactly the same thing, calling a crude molecular concentration of zinc “homeopathic” for its cold remedy, and then got in trouble with the Feds when people began reporting that after using it they were losing their sense of smell . . permanently!
Now how could people lose their sense of smell from something that James “the man with the x-ray eyes” Randi insists has nothing in it? Because if you read the ingredients, you’ll find that the ingredients are well below Avogadro’s limit, which is the point of dilution where none of the original substance remains, the point where the energetic powers of the solution take over completely, reversing the effect of the diluent, the substance that left its elctromagnetic imprint in hydrogen bonding on the solution used to “medicate” the tablets or pilules, the “little sugar pills” as skeptics love to call them.
Here’ the catch: A substance does not have to be devoid of a molecular substance to be homeopathy. The word homeopathy does not necessarily mean diluted past recognition, as Randi is inferring Calms Forte to be. It is not. Calms Forte has a lot of an herbal sedative in it!
If it seems I’m beating this thing to death, in this case hopefully appearances aren’t deceiving. I want to make this perfectly clear that Randi is fooling his audience at TED, and anyone else who cares to be duped by this rascal, that he is ingesting an inert susbtance that has no detectable substance of what is listed on the box! And the question that follows should be why?
Why is he gulping something that has a measurable quantity of sedative in it (Passionflower, the main ingredient in Calms Forte), traditionally known for its ability to influence sleep without narcotic effects, when he could just as easily do his demonstration with a homeopathic remedy, indicated for sleeplessness, that is truly without any detectable active substance in it?
“I am satisfied it (Passiflora, Passionflower) is no narcotic. It never stupefies or overpowers the senses. A patient under its full influence may be wakened up and he will talk to you as rationally as ever he did ; leave him for a moment and he will soon be off to the Elysian Fields again. I have tried it, my friend, in all sorts of neuralgic affections, and have usually astonished my more enlightened patients with it. Many times I have them to ask me what in the world it was that had such a sweet influence over them.” Dr. L. Phares, of Newtonia, Miss., States.) from the chapter on “Passiflora” in New, Old and Forgotten Remedies by Edward Pollock Anshutz.
So here is my question to you: Could it be that Randi has found, that repeatedly doing this demonstration with an actual high dilute as used in homeopathic remedies, has caused long term adverse effects?
It could be possible. The old school medical doctors, who saw the effects of homeopathics on thousands of subjects, reported that too many applications of a remedy of too high a potency could actually graft symptoms permanently onto the patient!
Perhaps Randi knows this and has found himself to be in too deep, to deep to return tothe Styxxian shore.
Look at his eyes!
The clip of Randi on stage is from TED talks. TED is an acronym for “Technology Entertainment and Design.” It is a series of conferences, presented globally, produced by a private non-profit organization . . the Sapling Foundation, which was formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”
The lecture featuring Randi was recorded in February of 2007. The “idea” he presents isn’t worth spreading. It’s a confusion, a menace to the public health. It should either be continued or put into it proper context as it has been done here.
It as worthless as what he claims homeopathy to be.
Two piece of prima facie forensics to note here. One is that Randi explicitly tells his audience to ignore the instructions for use . . the warnings . . for what are labelled as sleeping pills.
The TED audience seems to think this is funny.
“I’m going to take some medication,” he says, “a full bottle of Calm’s Forte . . ignore the instructions, that’s what the government has put in there to confuse you, I’m sure.”
He then appears to dump the whole bottle of what he just said is medication, a substance used for medical treatment, in his mouth.
Is this a scientific experiment? Entertainment? A publicity stunt? Mass delusion, at $4,000 a throne?
After telling us we need to think critically, he asks us to join him in his assumptions. And the TED audience gullibly swallows it as quickly as he dumps the contents of the container into his mouth.
Randi is a proponent of critical thinking?
“But Pee Wee, what does it mean?”
The word critical is a borderline one-word oxymoron, for it has meanings that are comparatively contradictory . . it can mean expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of something . . or it can mean simply expressing adverse or disapproving comments.
So where’s the science?
What if someone, a young person for instance, who is confused about what is “homeopathic,” repeats this stunt to impress his friends, and in doing so takes something that isn’t as inert as he thinks it is, whether it’s homeopathic or not?
Does he end up with intestinal cancer, like Randi did, two years after this stunt? Or might he end up dead with little or no idea what caused his final illness?
What Randi is saying, “don’t bother to look more closely at this thing I’m doing, I’ve got it covered.” In this way it may seem to be a very coherent act, to the impressionable . . which is what magicians want you to be. And Randi is a lifelong magician. And one thing I’ve noticed about magicians, is that they can’t help but eventually reveal the mechanism of their deceptions . . because they’re essentially show oafs, and like most criminals, they actually want to be caught . .
“Nay, indeed, if you had your eyes, you might fail of
the knowing me: it is a wise father that knows his
own child. Well, old man, I will tell you news of
your son: give me your blessing: truth will come
to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son
may, but at the length truth will out.”
Launcelot, The Merchant of Venice
Magicians want you to keep your seat. They can’t have you wandering up on stage to look behind and deeply into things, spoiling their act.
And so Randi doesn’t want you Googling the ingredients of Calms Forte, even after it seems he’s have impllied TED should use critical thinking, but not invetigation, to do just that, for these people will see only what he wants them to see, when he wants them to see it.
He’s living off your assumptions.
If you attempt closer analysis, without his invitation or approval, he will metaphorically, or by simile, hang an “Out of Order” sign around your neck . . or call security.
“No no no! Stay away from that! Don’t go there! Don’t look behind the JREF curtain!”
In Randi’s World, you’re not supposed to read the instructions . . THE GOVERNMENT PUT THEM THERE TO CONFUSE YOU!
You MIGHT actually stumble upon the actual ingredients!
Now, all of what has transpired here is implied by presentation and performance, and here Randi is demanding critical thinking about things outside of his venue . . but . . not within. Only things other than what are in his own hands are to enjoy the chimera of scrutiny, at a distance, by dint of the moderator.
But time has caught up and passed Randi. Now we have the Internet. We don’t have to pay $4,000 a seat to watch some high school drop out try to pull the wool over our eyes. We can just sit here for free . . and then watch him pull the wool over our eyes . . or we can let our fingers do the walking and rip off the hoodwink!
Google the ingredients for Calms Forte.
See for yourself what it is made of. 1x means one part in ten! And here they say it is triple strength! Does that mean that a third of it is the sedative Passiflora?
There is a heavy, measurable crude dose of Passiflora incarnata in Calms Forte . Here is what is listed as the actual ingredient of what Randi is over-ingesting.
Passiflora (Passion Flower) 1X triple strength HPUS
Avena Sativa (Oat) 1X double strength HPUS
Humulus Lupulus (Hops) 1X double strength HPUS
Chamomilla (Chamomile) 2X HPUS
Calcarea Phosphorica (Calcium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Ferrum Phosphorica (Iron Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Kali Phosphoricum (Potassium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Natrum Phosphoricum (Sodium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Magnesia Phosphoricum (Magnesium Phosphate) 3X HPUS
Here Randi can’t demand passivity from his audience given the authority of the stage, the license he’s using to control what he has made out to be an investigation of homeopathy. . but which in fact is a hoax that has more than one layer of illusion.
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Transcript of video:
JOHN BENNETH: My name is John Benneth, honorary post graduate of Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, London,
JAMES RANDI: Hello, I’m James Randi, founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation
JOHN BENNETH: And we’re about to have a little discussion about homeopathy.
JAMES RANDI: I’ve used demonstrations to show audiences the importance of thinking skeptically about pseudoscience.
JOHN BENNETH: Good idea. Let’s take a skeptical look at what Randi is claiming, which you will see is in itself a prima facie example of pseudoscience, beliefs and practices that claim to be science without employing the METHOD of science, So in this case instead of an objective experiment, scientific test, or ranom controlled trial, Randi is using a dangerous stunt to try to prove what he wants to be true.
JAMES RANDI: One demonstration I’ve done many times is downing an entire package of 32 homeopathic sleeping pills. (cut to TED lecture) I have to do something uh now which seems a little bit strange, for a magician . . but I’m going to take some medication . . this is uh . . a full bottle of Calm’s Forte . . I’ll explain that in just a moment . . ignore the instructions, that’s what the government has put in there to confuse you, I’m sure. I will take enough of these (appears to empty bottle into mouth) mmh . . indeed the whole cantainer. (Drinks water. Loud swallowing sound) Thirty two talets of Calms Forte.
JOHN BENNETH: Which is an example of pseudoscience. Randi is asking us to think skeptically about pseudoscience and then uses himself as an example to show exactly what it is that he’s talking about.
JAMES RANDI: The recommended dosage by the way is two to three pills. just to show that these scam medications have no effect.
JOHN BENNETH: Oh yeah? Well, look at his eyes, he can barely keep them open. Don’t do what this man is doing until you’ve heard the whole story, or . . you may saddle yourself with lifelong symptoms. I agree with Randi that you’re being scammed, but the scam here is Randi’s. And in this and other videos I prove it to you. Because homeopathic remedies make use of such highly diluted substances, it is understandable that some people may be doubtful as to whether or not these substances can have any biological action whatsoever, but that isn’t any reason to substitute a pseudoscientific stunt of the type Randi is performing here for the scientific method. Plants, for instance, make much better subjects for testing the action of homeopathic remedies, and likewise extensive testing has been done on plants using homeopathic remedies, objectively showing their biological action. There are simple tests you can do yourself. Homeopathic remedies can either accelerate or stunt plant growth, and they can be used phytopathologically , which means they can be used to control plant pests and diseases. If they work on plants, then it stands to reason tht they can also work on other living subjects, such as biochemical subjects. But Randi, who purports to be a proponent of the scientific method, is not talking about the extensive biochemical testing done on homeopathic remedies. This is a powerful form of medicine that is challenging what is thought to be the only treatments for human illnesses.
JAMES RANDI: There’s a warning on the box to call the poison control center .
JOHN BENNETH: There should also be one of the box made especially for him to call a psychiatrist. This man is publically encouraging people to intentionally overdose on substances he knows little if anything about in order to further a dangerous racket. However, the manufacturer of those homeoapthic sleeping pills would probably sell twice as many if they put a picture of him on the box.
JAMES RANDI: But that’s a joke.
JOHN BENNETH: So is James Randi’s Million Dollar Challenge, and I will prove that to you too in alater video.
JAMES RANDI: But that’s a joke . .
JOHN BENNETH: Tune in and turn on to homeopathy, real medicine that really works and watch as Randi and I continue go head to head on homeopathy. Two men go in, one man comes out. Listen very carefully to what Randi says. Its been carefully scripted, and I will reveal to you his lies. Subscribe to the Bandershot channel here on Youtube for more about the Million Dollar Challenge to homeopathy, and homoepathy’s trillion dollar challenge to the patent medicine racket.
JAMES RANDI: I’ve overdosed on homeopathic medicine many times and my eyes are still open.
JOHN BENNETH: Toothpicks.
END OF VIDEO
There’s a new website up on homeopathy, http://www.extrordinarymedicine.org.
Somebody put a lot of skilful hard work into it and deserves special commendations. It’s really well done. This is the kind of stuff we need, especially the list of the “Ten Most Amazing and Convincing Research Studies”. http://www.extraordinarymedicine.org/2011/01/14/extraordinary-evidence-homeopathys-best-research/
The descriptions, like the rest of the site has a rare upbeat tone to it.
I also like the “Frequent False Statements About Homeopathy… and the Truth” section
It’s about time somebody did this one.
Although they’re found elsewhere on the site, to the “most amazing” list, I would like to submit the following for your consideration:
1. An explanation of who Penn State/University of Arizona Emeritus Professor Rustum Roy is, perhaps the best friend homeopathy has ever had in the material sciences.
2. “The Structure Of Liquid Water; Novel Insights From Materials Research; Potential Relevance To Homeopathy” by Professors Rustum Roy, W.A. Tiller, Iris Bell, M. R. Hoover, pub’d in Materials Research Innovations 9:4, 577-608, (2005). This is the first comprehensive review of the physico-chemical literature relevant to homeopathy by top scientists who are notable academics. It’s a hard read, deadly if you’re you’re looking at it lying down, but its notable enough that even though you may have tourblecomprehending it, you ought to take a gander so as to at least not be a totalstranger to it. Don ‘;thesitate to use to use the define command in google forsuch words like “clathrate” and “zwitterion.” Hang inthere with it, it’s a milestone. Here’s a link to the pdf: http://hpathy.com/research/Roy_Structure-of-Water.pdf
3. The Chaplin Killshot. Hailed by Roy as the leading authority on the chemistry of water, the “most amazing” list should include London South Bank University Prof. Martin Chaplin for his milestone article on the physics of homeopathy entitled “Memory of Water” . . on his “Water Structure and Science” web site. In this article is the most significant scientific statement made in support of homeopathy as to whether or not the remedies store and transmit information: According to Chaplin “Water does store and transmit information, concerning solutes, by means of its hydrogen-bonded network.” Given Chaplin’s reputation and the prima facie, exhaustive research revealed on his website, this simple statement, in the context in which it appears, is a killshot on the argument against homeopathy. It is a key to one of the greatest the controversies facing Mankind. It is further validation of the work by Benveniste and Montagnier. http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/memory.html
4. Chaplin’s article “Homeopathy.” This is a must read by this respected scientist from a material science perspective in direct and well referenced terms. Much easier to read than Roy, itdoes have somehills toclimb, isconservative and even questionable in some parts and even somewhat chicken in other parts, but it is far from the incontinent denials of the usual poseurs who litter the discussion with their detritus. In other words, you gotta read it, so what if it doesn’t equal Hahnemann, it isn’t Hahnemann. http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/water/homeop.html
5. Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier’s report, “Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences.” This is the science experiment of the century. Well, it isn’tmuch of a centruy yet, so make it the science report of the previous millennia as well, although it is built on the back of Beneveniste, (St. Jacques). WHat amkes it so jaw dropping is that it is a dfetion to homeoapthy of the highest order. It leaves the Evil Empire of Pharmacide led by fakir James Randi peeing their pants. You see, this study reports on the most significant testing done to date on the observable electrodynamic action and phsyics of homeopathic remedies by a scientist of the highest credentials. These tests reproduce findings by Jacques Benveniste that reveal a detectable signal from the structuring of homeopathic dilutes. They also reveal the Schumann Resonance to be the most plausible origin of the signal, and the ability of the nano crystalloids in water alcohol solvents to transmit unique liquid aqueous structuring electromagnetically to a separate container without material contact, supporting the claim of homeopaths for the reality of “imponderabilia,” remedies made by exposure to radiation and electromagnetic fields, such as Sol, Rainbow and X-ray. The case for homeopathy is not complete without this study. https://commerce.metapress.com/content/0557v31188m3766x/resource-secured/?target=fulltext.pdf&sid=byqfa245i3bq5t554jwzsd45&sh=www.springerlink.com
6. Experiments by Stanford professor William Tiller that show that light shown through a solution of silver colloids has antiseptic qualities. Tiller is another udnerecognized foundation in the science ofhomeopathy. He is now an honaroary board member ofthe American Medical College of Homeopathy, which is training medical doctors to be homeopaths. (Good luck, you can also train dogs to talk) TILLER: On Chemical Medicine, Thermodynamics, and Homeopathy http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2006.12.685 ;
7. The 2007 Witt review of biochemical studies. “The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies–a systematic review of the literature.” While the Members of Parliament are doing their ridiculous evidence on homeoapthy and asking paid hacks for he allopathic pharmacetuical industry to pony up evidence for homeopathy with meta-jokes like Shang, the Witt review is quietly dozing in the corner. Unlike meta analyses which extract conclusive opinions for the clinical efficacy of homeopathy from cherry picked studies, the Witt review provides an exhaustive report on all biochemical testing of homeopathic high dilutes between 1933 and 2007. It uses a clear preset method of evaluating a scientific study. Did it have controls, how did it use them, did it clearly state its objectives, how did it handle the contamination issue? Andso forth. Each test is tranked by established criteria and values. In doing so the Witt review debunks several putative myths about homeopathy, the piggest putative myth being that Benveniste conducted the only biochemical testing of homeopathics. Wrong. According to Witt, it can be easily seen that Benveniste’s controversial basophil degranulation test (Davenas, pub’d in Nature) was the third replication of that test, and that since then has been successfully done over two dozen times, most notably a multi centered trial (Belon). Witt also shows that there are biochemical tests other than the basophil degranulation, and contrary to popular belief, there are biochemical tests that have been replicated that are of the highest quality, most notably Glasgow’s William E. Boyd. And look at Hirst and laugh. Hirst was rated by Witt a perfect score, but Hirst couldn’t believe what he saw, so he attributed the effect to some unknown cause. We win again. Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn TF, Baumgartner S, Willich SN http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17544864
8. Agrohomeopathy. Perhaps this is the most amazing of all. In one swell foop agrohomeoapthy quicckly and most exhaustively provides the most conclusive evidence that high dilutes have biological effects. Plants make excellent test subjects an definitely prove that homeopathics are not placebos. There have been a growing number of tests that prove it, such as work done at the University of Bologna, and a review of the literature: Use of homeopathic preparations in phytopathological models and in field trials: a critical review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19945678?itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum&ordinalpos=And then there is the amazing and exhaustive work done by Vaikunthanath das Kaviraj, exemplified in the first widely published volume on agrohomeopathy “Homeopathy for Farm and Garden” http://www.minimum.com/reviews/Farm-garden.htm
I do have one serious criticism of extraordinarymedicine.com. I would hesitate to tell people that homeopathic remedies are safe in role of “complementary medicine,” as the website does: “Homeopathy is not exclusive and can be used along with conventional and other complementary medical treatments. There is no need for a patient to choose one over the other.” Oh yeah? There is no evidence that I am aware that this is completely true. maybe in some cases with some kinds of treatments, but the authors of etraordinary meicine don’tseemto realize something, and that is that allopathy can be dangerously conflicting modlaities. One can dynamize the ill effects of the other, and Kaviraj backs me up on this, so I have to insist that allopapthy and homeopathy don’t mix, andI call upon our colleagues, if I can be so bold to call them that, to strenuously support us in this statement. I believe that high potencies can attenuate the system to the action of allopathic drugs and make those drugs even more deadly than they are.
Look . . homeopathics elicit the same symptoms, right? And this is why if a potnecy is too high or given too often, it will cause an aggravation, the symptoms will get worse. Okay, and what do allpathics do? They evoke other symptoms. Hahnemann coinded th word “allopathy,” and that’s what he meant, and he really meantwhat he said, forit is the egregious nature of allpathy that spawnedhomeopathy. You see? Allo means other, and the suffering caused by overdosing with dangerous drugs byallpathy is a direct and open contradiction to the ancient Hippocratic Oath, to give no known dangerous drug, anthat’s eactly what allopaths were doing then and that’s exactly what allopaths are doing now. They are neither curingnor treating disease, they are creating disease. Thedonger of homeoapthy is that to add it to chemo therapy could very well superchage the action ofthe allopathic drug, such asused in chemotherapy if by chance it so happens to be working in concert.
Mammals and birds have complex, electromagnetic homeostatic systems that must maintain a constant body temperature and pH, as well as other indices, some of which are probably not even known. To address a symptom the body has to allocate enegetic resources in order to meet the challenge and bring the body back into homeostasis. The system can be aeasily confused as to what that homeostasis should be.
Experienced homeopaths are well aware of aggravations. So how bad can an aggravation be? According to Kent, the use of the wrong remedy can graft symptoms onto the patient for life! (Thuja) Repeated high potency doses of Belladonna, I believe, may have the ability to put a person in a mental hospital. Ultra high potencies should not be used on the elderly, infants or people with compromised immune systems. Remedies should be chosen with the utmost care. Twice I have had unnerving reactions to Silica. The literature provides examples of animals being debilitated by repeated doses of high dilutes. And what are provings? The literature contains reports of people who have experienced symptoms from provings up to a year after taking one 30c pellet.
Hahnemann developed the LM series because of aggravations from potencies anyone can now buy OTC.
We are told to stop administering the remedy as soon as there is a reaction to it, yet I see repeated examples of overdosing in subjects I talk to who have been under the care of homeopaths. Our opponents are not true skeptics. They are fools, careless pseudoscientists, and Idon’t mean that to simply be derogatory, I mean that to be insightful. They don’t know what they’re doing. They’re ignorant.
To tell people that these remedies are completely safe is irresponsible and shows inexperience and ignorance of the literature that supports their use.
(If you’renot confused yet, also note carefully here that biochemical studies of homeopathics challenge the underlying assumption of homeopaths that they are treating the patient’s dynamis, not the disease. )
Stunts such as those done by James Randi and the 10^23 organization engender a high disregard for the serious and cautious use of high potencies. If they can cure, then they can logically also kill. I know of potentially two deaths caused by homeopathic remedies, one from the careless mixing of allopathy and homeopathy, and the other from injudicial use. I would especially suggest that anyone who is dealing with tumors not receive homeopathic treatment in conjunction with palliative allpathic chemical systemics.
I suggest that the safety and complemenatry clauses be struck. Otherwise, congratulations for a brilliant piece of work.