21 December 2008

James Randi avoids homeopathic challenge for $1 million prize

I have long suspected that James Randi is ‘all mouth and trousers’.  It seems he has been avoiding Professor George Vithoulkas’s proposed experiment ‘to prove that there is a biological effect on human organism from the ultra high dilutions of homeopathic remedies beyond the Avogadro number’, for two years and claims on his website that the homeopaths have withdrawn.  Professor Vithoulkas states:

“In 2002 the BBC Horizon program presented a documentary that showed that the Benveniste experiment about homeopathy was a fake one and therefore… homeopathy was also fake! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2512105.stm

Mr.Vithoulkas had repeatedly stressed in many communications that the experiment was in any case a falsely conceived one from its very beginning (see the correspondence). The opponents of homeopathy basing in this false experiment by Benveniste their hypocritical arguments maintained that homeopathy was simply placebo effect.

Mr Randi after this false experiment (ignoring all other experiments that showed the effect of homeopathy) declared in his website (http://www.randi.org/) that whoever could prove the validity of the action of a homeopathically potentized remedy beyond the Avogadro number would be winning one million $ as a prize.

Mr Vithoulkas challenged this statement and with this idea a new experiment was conceived that would prove that the highly potentized remedies could actually have a biological effect upon the human organism.

The experiment was simple: An individualized remedy would be given to a number of patients in a double blind fashion and half of the patients would receive placebo the other half would get the real remedy. The Greek Homeopathic physicians that would participate in taking of the cases and prescribing the remedies should point out in the end of the experiment the ones that they had got the real remedy.

The protocol was structured by a group of internationally known scientists and the experiment had to take place in one of the hospitals in Athens.

What follows is the real story (with facts in correspondence that transpired) of how through several “tricks”, Mr.Randi refused to go through the experiment and rescued his million.

We sent the following statement to Mr. Randi in order to be posted to his website but he refused to post it. Read


  1. Another homeopathic challenge for the $1m that did not happen:


    Comment by homeopathy4health — 22 March 2010 @ 10:51 pm

  2. I’ve done an in depth look at Randi’s challenge here:

    Basically, this isn’t the only problem with it.

    Also, I ran into this article you might find of interest: It’s titled: The Mythology of Science based Medicine

    I hope this helps.

    Comment by craigweiler — 16 April 2010 @ 11:02 pm

  3. The Relentless Hypocrisy Of James Randi http://www.rense.com/general50/james.htm

    Comment by homeopathy4health — 13 August 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  4. I posted a challenge which has not been accepted or rejected, they just said they received my application. So I made a humoristic but serious video about it:

    a bit more about the claim:


    Comment by Pierre de Lasteyrie — 5 May 2012 @ 10:05 am

  5. James Randi is being sued over “bogus million dollar challenge”


    Comment by homeopathy4health — 28 June 2012 @ 9:18 pm

  6. Randi on the run from Homeopathy physical proof


    Comment by homeopathy4health — 30 July 2012 @ 6:38 pm

  7. “An example of the worst sort of skepticism comes from JREF, the James Randi Educational Foundation and its Million Dollar Challenge. The foundation supposedly offers a million dollars to any psychic person who can pass a scientific test proving their ability. It seems reasonable on the surface, numerous sources have pointed out such serious flaws that the challenge cannot be taken seriously by any scientifically minded person.”


    Comment by homeopathy4health — 17 December 2013 @ 11:18 pm

  8. Respected Sir,
    Thanks for the article !
    I am working on the mysteries of the homeopathic dilution along with Dr Md Ruhul Amin for more than 10 years.
    When the use of homeopathic remedies is often debated over on the argument of not having any molecule leading to a conclusion that it cannot provide any curative effect, we found there exist several contradictory explanations even within the Fundamentals of Science. So marking Homeopathic remedies as placebo on the plea of Avogadro’s number is not at all acceptable .
    The inconsistencies in Science are to be specifically highlighted in all spheres for the development of Homeopathic research.
    We have shown in our following publication /blog
    a) how Avogadro’s number does not limit efficacy of homeopathic remedies and
    b) how different contradictions in science (especially in respect of generation, conduction and retention of electrical energy in water, the main vehicle for homeopathic remedies) that remain unexplained so far can help explain mechanism of homeopathy.
    Kindly view our work at:
    1) “Avogadro’s number does not limit the efficacy of homeopathic remedies” published in hpathy Feb2015 (www.hpathy.com)
    2) “How and why Homeopathy is Scientific” (www.aminchakraborty.blogspot.com)
    Here only some of such contradictions are highlighted for the viewers
    i) how electrodes generates emf when placed in distilled water without any chemical reaction.
    ii) how electrodes generates emf in contact with human body without any chemical reaction.
    iii) how ions are conducted to even neutral electrodes
    iv) how water retains electrical charge.

    Now, I would request you /viewers kindly to spare some time for the said publication/blog and find all the serious contradictions that are yet to be reckoned instead Homeopathy is labelled unscientific.
    Please help to establish the scientific base of homeopathy.
    Thanking you.

    Biplab Chakraborty

    Comment by Biplab Chakraborty — 1 May 2015 @ 5:11 pm

  9. […] Psychic Challenge, that the Psychic Challenge is a valid offer for proof of psychic powers.), Professor George Vithoulkas’s homeopathy experiments similarly never got tested  and backed down from a challenge issued by Dr. Jule Eisenbud, who […]

    Pingback by Capitalism is a Death Cult and Science is a Whore | GODS & RADICALS — 28 October 2015 @ 4:01 am

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