UPDATE, 9th Feb: Louise has responded to ask I make changes to this blogpost - which I have done - but no word yet on the £5000 bet.
UPDATE, 27th Feb: Almost a month since I made the bet, and there is still no reply from Louise. My offer is therefore withdrawn.
Today, her report from the demonstration appeared on the "Homeopathy Heals" website.
In her report, Louise notes:
"Of course homeopaths know that one dose of however many pills taken together in one go, is the equivalent of only one dose, because it is the time frame that counts. So if they had repeatedly taken a dose every hour for the rest of the day, the skeptics would most certainly have felt the effects. "
Well. I'm game, Louise. Here is my email to her.
In your interesting article at "Homeopathy Heals", you said...
"if they had repeatedly taken a dose every hour for the rest of the day, the skeptics would most certainly have felt the effects"
Well, that sounds like an interesting challenge. I, for one, am more than happy to take part in a 24-hour demonstration of homeopathy.
For a period of a day, I will take 30c homeopathic pillules, at a rate determined by you. Once an hour, or once every ten minutes, it's your choice.
The choice of remedy I leave up to you. Obviously, it would be pointless to take sleeping pills, since I already get tired once a day. So you'll need to choose something which will make me experience visible and obvious symptoms. Symptoms that I'm not capable of repressing or hiding. Perhaps something that makes me break out in spots, or makes me vomit uncontrollably.
Once we have agreed the number of doses, the type of treatment, and the expected symptoms, I will buy from Boots the necessary pillules.
At the end of the day, if I am displaying the expected symptoms, I will pay £5,000 to the DEC Haiti fund. Furthermore, I will announce to all the major sceptical websites that, as a former homeopathy sceptic, homeopathy has worked for me.
If I fail to display the expected symptoms, you will pay £5,000 to the DEC Haiti fund.
I know that £5,000 is a lot of money, but it's peanuts compared to the money we can make from the JREF Million Dollar Challenge if, despite the scientific evidence, homepathy actually works.
I have the money in the bank, and I'm ready to go. Are you interested?"