I’ve always been skeptical about homeopathy.
Sorry. I know it’s not politically correct to say that, but it’s the truth. I can kind of see it on some energetic or metaphorical level—especially when I get all What The Bleep Do We Know about it, thinking about water that takes on the energy of words and all that, but then I inevitably think…”naaah.”
Homeopathy—if you’re not familiar with it—is a very old and traditional method of medicine that’s based upon the idea that you treat a disease with a tiny dilution of the same disease—kind of like a vaccination—except that the dilutions are so small that no method of scientific analysis ever invented can detect them. So the rap against homeopathy has always been that the treatments don’t contain any active ingredient that anyone can detect which is one reason that homeopathic remedies never fall on the wrong side of the FDA. The FDA essentially sees homeopathic medicine as water and doesn’t bother with it.
Now back to our story.
So I’m reading the other day about a new method of cancer detection that is about 98% accurate, beating any machine, any technology, any lab test currently in existence.
It’s called dogs.
I’m not talking about a code name for a new detection algorithm; I’m talking about animals. Actual dogs. (Like the kind I live with, only better trained. Hopefully.)
There’s a canine medical training facility in California called In Situ where they’ve already trained over 50 dogs to detect more than six different cancers with eye-popping accuracy. Apparently, an MRI can tell you if you have a lump. But a dog can tell you if it’s cancer.
Pretty amazing, right?
You know how people who live with animals say things like, “He always knows when I’m sad!”?
They’re right—but how do you think dogs know that stuff? They’re smelling your hormones! Dogs can sense slight changes in the hormones we secrete when we’re stressed, sad, glad, mad and who knows what else. They have 300 million olfactory in their wet, kissable little noses. We have 5 million.
All of which brings me back to homeopathy.
While I’m still skeptical, I’m also curious. If dogs can detect compounds at parts per trillion… which neither human nor measuring technology can do…Is it not possible that there are molecules in homeopathic remedies that we just can’t detect?
After all, the fact that dogs can sniff out stuff that humans can’t measure or see– and are verified as being 98 percent correct– means, by definition, that there’s something there.
Maybe there’s something there in homeopathic remedies too. Who knows?