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?