http://abcnews.go.com/sections/2020/GiveMeABreak/GMAB_homeopathy_040130-1.html http://tinyurl.com/232uv Homeopathy Can Water Really Remember? Commentary By John Stossel Jan. 30 - Americans are spending hundreds of millions of dollars a year on homeopathic remedies believed to relieve the flu, colds, allergies and more, but the effectiveness of many remains debatable. [...] "It's nonsense. Total nonsense. It's mythology," said James Randi, a former magician known as the "Amazing Randi," who now runs a foundation that specializes in debunking what he calls pseudo science. "Dilution is a term that they don't know the meaning of," said Randi. He said the process leaves them with "water." "If homeopathy can be shown to work, [I'll give you] a million dollars," said Randi. His foundation offers that sum to anyone who can demonstrate any paranormal or supernatural phenomenon works. He says that includes homeopathy. [...] To take the challenge, we checked with Ullman, who described a scientific process for testing the effectiveness of homeopathy. "One way to test it is by using different homeopathic doses of histamine and seeing its effects on a type of white blood cells," said Ullman. "Homeopathic doses of histamine would have a dramatic effect upon the white blood cells - these basophils," said Ullman. "And they would decrease in number." So we set it up, in Europe, where similar published tests claimed to find that kind of effect. Scientists at Guy's Hospital in London prepared samples of the type of histamines that Ullman said would relieve allergy symptoms. [...] And the Results Are . The test took a week. Three homeopaths were there to make sure the dilutions were done properly. When the results came in, the homeopathic preparations had no demonstrable effect. "[There's] no evidence at all that there's any difference between the tubes that started up with histamine and the tubes that started up with water," said Professor J. Martin Bland. "Mr. Stossel can kiss his million dollars goodbye."