Physicist Tommaso Dorigo reports on a study in the Italian press about how homeopathy is on the decline there: a usage reduction in about 15% in just five years. Unless Italians are chronically dehydrated, this is surely good news, even if Mr. Dorigo does offer some reasons to doubt that it reflects any actual public disillusionment with dilution. Of course, this could potentially be good news for homeopathy as well: perhaps the less people who use homeopathy, the more effective it becomes!
More seriously though, Mr. Dorigo also highlights the somewhat troubling finding that homeopathy seems especially popular amongst those with more than just a fraction of high-school education. While this might in part just reflect the prohibitively high costs of alternative medicine as practiced by the higher-end homeo-healers of Europe, there’s definitely something to the idea that alternative treatments seem to appeal more to the white-collar than blue-collar crowd. Well, at least in the West, where many of these treatments are billed as relatively recent doses of savvy counter-cultural wisdom instead of having been a widely accepted local norm.