Homeopathy Unrefuted? – Synopsis

Despite the homeopathic doctors studying medicine, they treat their patients against the basis of scientific knowledge. Allegations of fraud surround the topic. In the film, homeopaths embark on adventurous explanations of their popular belief system.
Not an easy task with drugs like ‘North Pole‘ or ‘Laser‘, which are administered in the form of globules. Homeopathy, which is often confused with naturopathy, is “one of the most popular medical systems worldwide”. This is how Jens Behnke of the Carstens Foundation puts it. After investing about 30 million euros in research, pressure is increasing to prove that homeopathic drugs are more than just placebos. MD Christine Laschkolnig prefers to trust the positive feedback from her patients: “Children throw themselves on the floor and scream for their globules. They clearly feel this in their bodies.” Her colleague MD Maria-Lucia Kaut says: “What you observe is true. Period!“ But if all homeopaths make different observations and believe they are true, then critics are no longer needed to make the discussion exciting.
‘Homeopathy Unrefuted?‘ is an argumentative piece without an opponent. In any case, the protagonists are armed for defense. Too much is at stake, their own profession and how they view the world.

Cast

Hans Baitinger
Cornelia Bajic
Jens Behnke
Micha Bitschnau
Martin Dinges
Dieter Elendt
Heiner Frei
Karl-Heinz Gebhardt
Friedrich P. Graf
Heinrich Hümmer
Martina-Lucia Kaut
Carl Rudolf Klinkenberg
Christine Laschkolnig
Beate Latour
Elisabeth Lazcano
Anne Medam
Alexander Tournier
Harald Walach
Evemarie Wolkenstein

Director: Erik Lemke
Runtime: 85min36sec
Language: German, English
Subtitles: English

Director’s Statement

‘Homeopathy Unrefuted?’ is a rare glimpse into homeopathic doubt by some of the world leading doctors who practice the controversial method. It provides a safe space where no skeptics are allowed to comment.
What remains of homeopathy when it’s robbed of its beautiful imagery, when suddenly the documentary focuses strictly on the language and expression of it’s protagonists? Exploration of the sometimes disturbing comments by old Hahnemann’s more orthodox disciples becomes compulsory. But also it allows us to cherish those who show a willingness of honest self-reflection.
In the end, what is left is the evidence that us humans, as thinking beings, can recognize deception, even if our gut feeling wants to succumb to it.