Sugar pill claims
The reasoning behind dilution, 'potentiation' and the memory of water is known to me, and there are several good arguments to be made against those 'theories'. But I can't really use them if somebody comes up to me with a sugar pill supposed to contain a homeopathic remedy.
What is the homeopathic justification for those pills? The water, holding the cure in its supposed memory, is not there anymore, so what is the claim?
- Do they claim that sugar has memory too? And if so, how do you get the water-memory into the sugar? Do you have to bang it against a book?
- Do they claim something else? Is there some residue (for lack of a better word) that stays between the various sugar molecules
- Any other strange arguments?
I have never seen anyone make these claims, they are just examples. There must be a - be it faulty - reasoning behind it, just as the memory explanation for water.
How a sugar pill is made
It seems the method is to just dip a pellet into the solution. From there you can just put other pellets/pills in the same jar as that one, and you have lots of pills. The only claim there seems to be is that the remedy water may leave, but the remedy stays behind. I have not found any claim of how this supposed memory is transferred to the sugar.
To make a pill, from this article on ukskeptics:
Once the remedy has been obtained in the required potency, sugar pills are dipped in the remedy and allowed to dry. The essence of the original mother tincture is now believed to have been transferred to the pill. If a pill with the essence of the remedy is allowed to come into contact with other sugar pills (such as placing them all together in a jar), it is believed that the other pills will also acquire the essence of the mother tincture. This process is known as 'grafting'.
A lot of times it is necessary to explain to someone using a homeopathic dilution that there is a difference between (for instance) "natural remedies" they claim to use, and this bottle of water they're holding. After explaining what is claimed by the homeopath you can then add your own response, and maybe come to the shared conclusion that it is not a real remedy.