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They define Hormesis as ‘providing stimulus by non toxic amounts of a toxic agent’.

Is it just me, or is biology appropriating a chunk of homeopathy? haha I suppose we should be flattered. I’m reminded of how physiotherapy has appropriated many of the manipulation techniques of osteopathy & chiropractic, all the while claiming their practitioners were quacks!

Here’s a great introductory link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2248601/

“Hormesis is a term used by toxicologists to refer to a biphasic dose response to an environmental agent characterized by a low dose stimulation or beneficial effect and a high dose inhibitory or toxic effect”

It’s a very pleasing idea that biology is finally waking up to this principle that homeopathy makes full use of.  Of course they haven’t made the leap to ultra-dilute yet (I’d guess they would be investigating in the X range of potencies at the moment), but I’m sure they will get there.

Now…this isn’t ‘true’ homeopathy…but bless them, it’s a start.

Regards,

Alan