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Sham science from IIT-B

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TOI neglects the tech-fest going on in IIT to report sham science:

Six months after the British Medical Association rubbished homeopathy as witchcraft with no scientific basis, IIT scientists have said the sweet white pills work on the principle of nanotechnology.

Now that buzzword must make everything “scientific”.

[T]he IIT-Bombay research [was] published in the latest issue of ‘Homeopathy’, a peer-reviewed journal from reputed medical publishing firm Elsevier.

IIT-B’s chemical engineering department bought homeopathic pills from neighbourhood shops, prepared highly diluted solutions and checked these under powerful electron microscopes to find nanoparticles of the original metal.

”Certain highly diluted homeopathic remedies made from metals still contain measurable amounts of the starting material, even at extreme dilutions of 1 part in 10 raised to 400 parts (200C),” said Dr Jayesh Bellare from the scientific team.

Finally, my spider sense begins to tingle when I hear about a journal of homeopathy. The whole peer reviewing process will be sympathetic to any line of thinking supporting homeopathy. If the work was reported in a reputed journal of chemical engineering one might have to think again.

These second thoughts would go like this. One mole of a substance contains about 1023 molecules. Diluting by 10400 is completely meaningless; it would mean that contaminants in water, even distilled water, are present in higher concentrations than the supposed “medicine”.


Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 16, 2010 at 2:13 am

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