25
Aug
09

Another installment

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%)
2X capsicum
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.

Example:

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

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7 Responses to “Another installment”


  1. August 25, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I am just trying to get past the shrew penis harvesting. That would qualify for Dirty Jobs, I should think. Are they sold by volume or by weight? Probably a bit expensive.

    Mike

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    August 26, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Definitely by weight, and they are VERY expensive; let me know if you find one…

    *note: don’t go killing millions of shrews, they don’t have baculums, that’s why I used it as my 10x hypothetical ingredient; there would be none left anyway…

    For an illustration:
    A 10x solution is 0.00000001% or about .0001 ppm (part per million) or .1 ppb (part per billion) or 100 ppt (parts per trillion) or about like five drops of water in a swimming pool. Also could be considered like one second in 3,170 years. Yes, a 10x concentration is really that low. If there is a dilution of cyanide done to a 10x concentration according to homeopathic specifications, I could drink half a liter of it and probably not get a SINGLE MOLECULE.


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