Not-so-safe homeopathic ingredients

So, after the Zicam fiasco a few months ago, I started reading homeopathic remedy formulations and did I come up with a winner, and by winner, I mean potentially toxic.
It’s called “Smile’s PRID” and it’s sold as a topical ointment which “Aids In Relieving The Discomfort of Minor Skin Irritations, Superficial Cuts, Scratches and Wounds”–no, I’m not making this up. It contains:

Acidum Carbolicum 2X Hpus, Ichthammol 2X Hpus, Arnica Mont 3X Hpus, Calendula Off 3X Hpus, Echinacea Ang 3X Hpus, Sulphur 12X Hpus, Hepar Sulph 12X Hpus, Silicea 12X Hpus, Rosin, Beeswax, Petrolatum, Stearyl Alcohol, Methyl & Propyl Paraben

Let’s see what these ingredients are:

“Acidum Carbolicum 2x” which in English translates to 1% Phenol.

“Ichtammol 2x” which, again in English, translates to ammonium bituminosulfonate at, again, a 1% solution. (At least this one isn’t a KNOWN carcinogen…)

“Arnica Mont 3x Hpus”–This is a little less straight forward, it’s actually Arnica montana and they don’t specify what part of the plant; some parts are useful, but not at a 0.1% concentration of the plant and it’s certainly not useful for bruising and also not useful for pain or swelling. It does reduce blood loss, but that could be because of swelling.

“Calendula Off 3X Hpus” Marigolds? Fucking marigolds? You’re telling me a 0.1% concentration of marigold extract does anything? This company is, but they aren’t.

“Echinacea Ang 3X Hpus”  Echinacea angustifolia, 0.1%, got nothin.

“Sulphur 12x”–just sulphur, 0.0000000001%

“Hepar sulphuris 12x” also known as calcium sulfide…

Do you get the idea?

22 Responses to “Not-so-safe homeopathic ingredients”

  1. 1 Anonymous
    August 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    it’s obvious you’re not a homeopath.

  2. 2 daddyran
    July 30, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    do a bit more research ya twit…i’ve been using this stuff for years with no adverse consequences.

  3. 3 jaredcormier
    July 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    You accuse me of not doing “research,” yet you clearly have neither read what’s in it nor taken the time to review the research surrounding those products at said concentrations. I find your “insult” amusing.

    Also if this is your best retort, I fear the neurotoxic effects of the phenol have already done some damage.

  4. 4 Kristini
    October 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Take a look at this report published by the CDC…it specifically states that, “There is no evidence that phenol causes cancer in humans.” I read about the compound itself and find no evidence that in the quantities used in Prid, it will have any harmful side effects. You really should do some more research before you insist that something is toxic.

    Click to access tp115.pdf

  5. 5 jay
    November 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    “memory in the water content” Really? Really????

  6. 6 jay
    November 30, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    “…not just dilution as these are succussed”. From Wikipedia: “Homeopathic remedies are prepared by repeatedly diluting a chosen substance in alcohol or distilled water, followed by forceful striking on an elastic body, called succussion”. So they are not just diluted, they are diluted and then struck forcefully on an elastic body. Well, there ya go. All the difference in the world.
    As for ‘quantum physics’, homeo-adherents start spouting about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, entanglement, etc, etc, etc. which only a very very very few folks can really understand. And I would bet that none of those folks would waste a dime on any these homeopathic remedies. Well, perhaps some high purity ethanol, derived from fermentation of organic potatoes, collected by frolicking Nordic women under the full moon, succussed and purified repeatedly with spring water to a nominal ethanol content of approximately 40%ABV, then succussed again with the solidified spring water product, and served in a chilled crystal chalice, garnished with one or more fruit of the Oleaceae (Olea europaea) which has brined for an indeterminate period.

  7. December 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    homeopathy may be the biggest medical scam ever. it is laughable, except to those taken in by it.

  8. October 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Personally I believe the author of this little review has or is part of an agenda to try and discredit homeopathic / naturopathic remedies and medicine. And my suggestion to him/her would be to just keep enjoying his allopathic symptomatic treatments and drugs. They are so good for you. Just keep it up. As for the rest of us, we know the truth and anyone with any small amount of intelligence will see the light given a few facts. There is a reason why we spend more tnan any other country (the U.S.) on healthcare yet every major disease is up 100s if not 1000s of percentage points in just the past 30 to 40 years. Pediatric cancer up 10,000%! So, yea I think mabey we should go back and take a look at what worked fine for centuries before we came out with all our “advancements”. Homeopathy is about getting the body to heal itself with tiny, tiny doses of different compounds to stimulate the immune and other body systems.

  9. 9 jaredcormier
    October 8, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Nope, no agenda; these aren’t tiny doses, these are nonexistant doses or high doses of things which studies have demonstrated are dangerous or ineffective.

  10. 10 jaredcormier
    October 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Peek at the MSDSs

  11. February 26, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    If the active ingredients—carbolic acid (phenol) and ammonium bituminosulfate—are included in the amounts you state (which I’m taking your word for), then it doesn’t really qualify as “homeopathic” since they exist in the finished product in fairly high levels (and yeah, 1% is high for homeopathy, to my understanding)—-this is just a plain old-fashioned salve with effective ingredients the safety of which is disputable. As for the arnica and all that . . . yeah, that’s a load of flower-woo. For those not scared off by the phenol content (which I’m not–I’m an embalmer, it’ll have to work pretty fast if it wants to catch up with the formaldehyde I’m exposed to ;), this salve is actually pretty good for the stated purposes of topical treatment of boils. It’s effective at destroying gram-positive bacteria like staphylococcus aurei, which is on our skin all the time but under certain conditions can cause lesions such as boils and acne. I dunno so much about how it’s supposed to go about the “drawing,” but as a strong antibacterial which will stick around for a while even on wet tissue or a lesion which is draining, this stuff is the real deal. Too bad they go flinging the H-word around, or I might have tried it sooner 😉

  12. 12 AD
    May 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I randomly put this stuff on an allergic reaction I was having to a subcutaneous injection (tried hydrocortisone first and it was itching like you would not believe still). This stuff worked within about 5 minutes. Swelling was still there but no more itching until the next day. I found this site googling the ingredients because I was curious how it worked.

  13. 13 Anonymous
    May 20, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    put some on an inflamed splinter. Ended up with a disgusting looking sore on the back of my hand. No more for this kid. Phenols = not good for skin.

  14. 14 Constance Muhammad (CDM)
    July 29, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I put some on for about 2 weeks for plantar warts, didn’t change for the better, didn’t draw them out like I was told. I did get high blood pressure readings off the chain that I have had before. So I believe that first ingredient is not good for me. Thanks for the info, a lot to think about.

  15. 15 Alexis
    October 17, 2014 at 12:31 am

    You totally lost all credibility by using the “f” word.

  16. 16 Michael
    November 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Flowers, yes, considering over 50% of medications are derived by plants, it makes sense and works. If it didn’t the Phamacology Empire, wouldn’t extract the active ingredients, and put it into pill form, like “Marinol” or Aspirin (from the Willow Bark), “Digitalis, heart stimulant, from the plant of the same name, commonly called “Foxglove.” Everything has a toxic and therapeutic dose, same as radiation, which in small doses kills cancer, and larger doses gives it. All the medications that are banned from the FDA, were at one time “safe and effective.”

  17. 17 Calvin
    December 22, 2014 at 2:54 am

    To all those who believe in the art of homeopathy. I ask you this: Why does it cost so much if the end result is basically just a few cents of water. Heck I could bottle junk like this in my house and say it helps with burns and price it at $10 a tube or whatever the going rate is.

    There is a big difference between using natural products UNDILUTED vs all of this homeopathic nonsense. If I need painkillers for a serious injury I sure as hell would not be grabbing the bottle of homeopathic stuff. I’d just get some morphine or pop some asprin. Not like I am going to die any sooner using some generic asprin.

  18. 18 nosalot sometimes
    January 13, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Well you misspelled Ichthammol “Ichtammol” so it does not bode well for your argumennt. If you cannot spell, what does it say about your research? If you miss a simple thing it stands to reason you stop looking when evidence lands in a place that suits your predisposition. I predisposition used it for cat abscesses. If something is going to be toxic it will show up in a cat first. In your argumennt you do not acknowledge that many “toxic” or cancer causing agents are fine in small amounts.
    If you search on Amazon Smile’s Prid, you will see a lot of people who speak of a product that has worked where nothing else has. They talk about their grandparent using it. I say a product that can save a visit to the Dr. is well worth it or better yet a product that heals when the professionals cannot.

  19. January 26, 2017 at 2:03 am

    First of all I would like to say awesome blog! I had a quick question which I’d like to
    ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself
    and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had a tough
    time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.
    I do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10
    to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints?
    Many thanks!

  20. 20 Brooke
    March 11, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    In my opinion you should do more research on products you are commenting on. Arnica Montana is a very effective herb for muscle pain, bruising and inflammation. It’s careless to make statements and claims that have not been fully investigated.

  21. 21 Anonymous
    June 4, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Thus product work as a great drawing salve for infections. Personal experience is all i have to go off of.

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