Lets face it, incompetence and mediocrity exist in every profession and I, my friends and my family have also experienced it from the medical profession on more than one occasion. But, and this is a big BUT, you cannot judge an entire science by its incompetent practitioners. Not only that, but it's quite irrelevant when judging the efficacy of homeopathic remedies; which have been proven time and again to be just smoke and mirrors.
Actually, I find it quite amusing that there is so much talk of incompetent doctors on these forums but when a homeopath also happens to be an MD then they are praised and held in high regard; seriously people, these are some of the most incompetent doctors you could possibly meet and it boggles my mind that they managed to pass their medical exams.
And yes, I know that there is heaps of anecdotal evidence that says homeopathy works but anecdotal evidence is not at all useful for determining efficacy due to all sorts of issues including confirmation and expectation biases.
As for the cold remedies; of course they don't cure the cold and none of them claim to but they can alleviate some of the symptoms which is a lot more than any homeopathic remedy can lay claim to.
Anyway, my initial post was not intended to start a flame war or even to convert the faithful as that's almost always impossible; it was however meant to raise a red flag of warning to those that haven't already been drawn in to the silliness; to those I say this, do not be fooled. Do some research first. Read the article that I originally posted, (here it is again http://www.badscience.net/2007/11/a-kind-of-magic/) and read the links that are referenced within that or if that article is too cutting for you try the more objective sounding wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathy.
Now as Mr Gump once said, that's all I have to say about that.