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The British Medical Association has voted to stop funding homeopathic treatment on the NHS. They have decided also that homeopathic treatments should be labelled ‘placebo’ rather than ‘medicine’ when sold in pharmacies.
NB. Homeopathy is the practice of administering substances that have caused a patient’s illness but only after they have been heavily diluted in water, eg. using a diluted onion to cure hayfever. They believe the more diluted the more potent the remedy.
The cynicism of this disgusted me! Who are these doctors to act like God (when he conducts scientific and carefully checked studies on products that claim to cure very serious illnesses)?! You can’t quantify or measure the amount of good that comes from a ‘cure’ that someone has faith in (or if you do it’s in millilitres I guess).
I decided to treat these doctors to a taste of their own medicine (WORDPLAY ALERT! WORDPLAY ALERT) but in ART form. I thought of the most cynical thing anyone could do…
I built a sculpture of an amusement park on top of a pier in the ocean, a reminder of our carefree childhood days of hope and belief in the unseen (like fairies or evidence of any benefits from homeopathy)… and then I BURNED it down in the ultimate sardonic and scornful attack on optimism and hope!
Setting it up in the sea meant I had diluted this act of cynicism with the greatest amount of water possible. I then forced these so called ‘doctors’ (or actually called ‘doctors’) to drink from the diluted cynicism disease.
The effects were immediate and disappointing. The doctors merely vomited the cynicism/salt water up, their bodies rejecting the cure. Clearly their years of training and book learning have ruined them and there is no cure for their jaded world view… unless I can dilute the mineral jade?
NB: I just realised it was a taste of the homeopathy medicine, not their own medicine so WORDPLAY FALSE ALERT WORDPLAY FALSE ALERT!