I required some dental work today and had an interesting conversation with the lady who was doing some work on my teeth. As many people who have seen me on the SSA hangout or on one of Ed Brayton’s, they would know that I am one of those old guys with braces. I wore them to correct some horrific teeth…
She was interested in my opinion on the efficacy of allopathy (What I do) vs. Homeopathy (what quacks do). I pointed out that they were alternative medicine and allopathy was everything that worked and that Indian homeopaths were notorious quacks often mixing real medicines with their quack cures in uncontrolled concentrations and doses.
I explained how their entire field is based on massively diluted concentrations and the method by which they calculate their doses. And she was convinced.
And then I realised one thing. One statement that would drive a stake through the heart of alternative medicine.
No one would ever go to an alternative dentist. The man who pulls his own teeth with a pair of rusty pliers is not a savvy businessman fighting big dentist but someone who pulls his own teeth out.