I recently watched a debate between Ben Goldacre and Peter Fischer on homeopathy. During the course of the debate, an audience member asked, "If water has a memory, how come you're not sick every time you drink water out of the tap?.
A homeopathic practitioner answered (paraphrased) that boiling the water resets the memory and that homeopathic remedies are only effective when using boiled water. He makes another comment implying that if a remedy were prepared with tap water, it wouldn't be effective.
I realize the above related question ("Does water have a memory...?") is nearly identical. I'm trying to ask it another way as it's possible to persist with the water memory concept despite the other question's answer. One could simply say (my hypothetical response),
"Well, we don't know how it works and perhaps it isn't by the known mechanism of how water behaves... but trials indicate that it works, nonetheless and that's all I need."
Since the audience member in the video indicated tangible predictions, I'm interested if they've ever been put to the test. Thus, my question is:
Has a trial ever been conducted in which homeopathic remedies prepared from both unboiled and boiled water were compared against one another in terms of patient response?
If there is another way to answer this question please go for it.
P.S. Even better, I would find it fascinating if a double blind trial used three groups:
- Homeopathic remedy prepared from boiled water
- Homeopathic remedy prepared from boiled water, then reboiled prior to giving to patient