In the blog "Homeopathy Kills", (http://is.gd/PuZV) Phil Plait makes an astounding series of errors. His first words in the Blog define homeopathy as the: "antiscientific belief that infinitely diluted medicine in water can cure various ailments". First, homeopathy is not antiscientific in and of itself. Much of the homopathic material is pseudoscience, and some is antiscience. On the other hand, one may notice that it began with the empirical observation of problems in available medicine and a desire to improve on the horrific conditions at the time. Empirical results, especially the effectiveness of cinchona in treating malaria advanced its development. Clearly, the "vital life force imbalances" that were considered to cause disease are a poor guide to treatment by modern standards – a point on which there can be no serious argument.
Today however, the primary claims of homeopathy are that it provides a better sense of wellbeing than traditional medicine, and that it has no adverse side effects. Unfortunately, Plait chooses to ignore these claims, patient satisfaction with treatment, and other psychological benefits. Instead, he chooses to show great outrage, with a stream of fallacies and what might be generously called "mischaracterizations" regarding the horrible and unnecessary death of a baby in Australia.
It is easy to condemn others for their failings, but is the death of this child through misguided neglect detectable against the hundreds of thousands of children killed, poisoned, maimed, and raped as a direct result of the drive to increase corporate profits? Where is a blog venting his outrage over economic institutions that produce much greater harm, are intrinsically based on dominance, often on violence, and in which he participates and could actually do something?
We all have perceptual filters, especially when it comes to what we associate with personal safety, like what we do for a living. Small independent quacks resposible for tragedies make easy, safe targets, but one might hope blogs claiming to be scientific to show better objectivity.