14
Sep
09

Oscillococcinum

Yea, a “natural flu medicine.” Let’s do the math.

For all intents and purposes, it’s sugar (85%) and lactose (15%)
Wait, 85+15=100…
I have some questions for these people:
From whence comes the effect?
How was this study done?
There is no methodology here; you don’t state in this “summary” how the study was done, what the patients were told, or, for that matter, whether the individuals being tested ACTUALLY had influenza. We have tests for this now, by the way. We can even tell you what type of influenza it is.
How were patients chosen?
It says it was a “double blind” study, but it doesn’t say it was randomized or the sample size. It also doesn’t say how the patients were treated. Usually, especially for influenza, it’s not just a “here, take this and feel better,” but a systematic set of precautions including a means to limit transmission and treat symptoms and disease. Additionally, it was not established as to whether or not the individuals actually HAD influenza.

In short, you’re making claims without substantiation. Make ALL of the evidence available with the methodology, procedures, and data, then we’ll talk.

Also of note, the “active ingredient” is a “200X” duck heart and liver extract. That’s about 1×10-400g or
0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001g

A single ATOM of HYDROGEN is
0.000000000000000000000000166g

I like medicine in my medicine…

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3 Responses to “Oscillococcinum”


  1. 1 Pliny-the-in-Between
    September 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Mary Poppins was apparently prescient – just a spoon full of sugar….

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    September 14, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    except there is no medicine, just sugar…

  3. 3 Harvey
    September 15, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Until about fifty years ago, there was still a Medical School, Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia, that taught Homeopathy, since its founder was a proponent of the theory “that which causes, cures”. This approach involved giving tiny amounts of various poisons or other toxic substances to “cure” corresponding diseases. To some degree, modern allergic desensitization is representative of this approach. Allergic desensitization works (at least some of the time), although there has never been any scientific proof that Homeopathy was really effective. The idea of using an infinitesimal quantity of Duck heart and liver extract to “cure” or prevent influenza seems to be a holdover (or “rediscovery”) of this idea. Needless to say, you will never see any supporting data, nor any carefully thought out or rigorous scientific proof of this claim.


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