I’m taking on homeopathy again and explaining what’s so bad about “natural remedies.”
I have a major problem with the way ingredients are listed, it’s as though they are intentionally trying to be vague.
Hypothetical remedy contains:
1X table salt (10%)
4x dihydrogen monoxide
5x Sodium bisulfate
10x Anourosorex squamipes baculum
Now, they add all these ingredients together, right? How much of each do they add, or is this the final concentration of their product? Is it 10% table salt, or is it a 10% solution added to a 1% solution (salt) added to a 0.1% solution (capsicum) added to a 0.01% solution (DHMO) added to a 0.001% solution NaHSO4 added to a 0.0001% solution of shrew penis?
For the second option, what we are left with is the question: how much of these substances is actually IN the product itself after it is prepared? Additionally, a 1x solution, so far as I can tell, isn’t even labeled with a potency by THEIR standards. It should be labeled as “not in compliance with homeopathic practice” for the FDA and thus no longer falls under that lovely little homeopathic protection we have in our legal code. Anything marketed to “treat” or “cure” a disease, disorder, or medical issue should be required by law to demonstrate effectiveness of these claims. The FDA even took Cheerios to task for saying it can help lower cholesterol (which diets high in soluble fiber do, in fact, tend to do).
Stop the marketing of “homeopathic remedies” which violate even homeopathic guidelines; in fact, I think anything with above about a 24x dilution may contain some active ingredients, this means they may no longer be harmless. (24x dilutions are beyond the molar limit) When something is alleged to have medical effects, the regulating body of medicine should step in and be allowed to regulate it.
If I make a 0.0001% solution of arsenic trioxide and claim it will treat your insomnia (it will, but the method is death) after taking it three times a day for 3 months, then the FDA would be all over me.
If I make a 6x dilution of Arsenicum album and claim it will treat your insomnia after taking it three times a day for 3 months, the FDA can’t touch me because it’s a homeopathic remedy!
*note, arsenic trioxide=Arsenicum album