The Beginning

A year ago I was living in Scarborough, England. While there I lived with a young man from Idaho who was heavily into homeopathic remedies. I walked our study room to find my friend at his desk with a small vial. I asked him what it was, I could see in small letters the word “doTerra”, as he replied “It’s peppermint oil.” I was extremely confused as to why one would need to smell peppermint oil at eight in the morning. “This helps me wake up and be more alert for the day.” I have never really bought into homeopathy but that is why I have this blog; I want to learn about it. This will bring my opinions and the opinions of experts and see if homeopathy is legit or just a big dream. 

Scarborough Beach

Science Based Medicine

I walked into the study room to find my friend at his desk with a small vial. I asked him what it was, I could see in small letters the word “doTerra”, as he replied “It’s peppermint oil.” I was extremely confused as to why one would need, or even want to smell peppermint oil at eight in the morning. “This helps me wake up and be more alert for the day.” That morning I really wondered if essential oils and other homeopathic remedies were realistic when it came to medical help.

The US National Library of Medicine conducted a study showing that “Complementary and alternative medicine services in the United States are an approximately $9 billion market each year, equal to 3 percent of national ambulatory health care expenditures” (Health Affairs (Project Hope)). The doTERRA company reached over 1 billion in sales alone in 2015. What does this mean? Are these new, legitimate ways of healthcare, or just a play on your brain and do they have the numbers to back up what they’re saying?

Joseph Albietz has some ideas in his article on entitled “Homeopathy – Failing Randomized Controlled Trials Since 1835” which is on “sciencebasedmedicine.org.” Joseph Albietz M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Colorado, Denver at the Children’s Hospital, Doctor Albietz also writes for “sciencebasedmedicine.org.” In Doctor Albietz report he goes through the history of the founding of homeopathy and discusses the results of some randomized tests that they ran to see if they could get any answers concerning the legitimacy of the products and that kind of medicine. Albietz uses ethos and logos heavily to try to persuade his readers to “move on” from homeopathic remedies and to return to science based medicine.