On February 5 I joined the local Skeptics in the Pub to overdose on homeopathic arsenic. We did it as part of 10:23 Campaign – a global effort to show that homeopathy is nothing more than pseudoscience. There is nothing effective about homeopathic remedies, and that can be a dangerous thing.
Homeopathy is not just alternative medicine
Homeopathy relies on taking an active ingredient aniracetam and diluting it to make it more effective. They they dilute it again. And again. It gets to the point where no laboratory discern most homeopathic remedies from plain water. You get as much “medicine” as drinking a glass of water from the tap. Possibly more. The only positive impact you might get is from the placebo effect.
The companies who make billions off this fakery claim that this diluting process enhances the naturalness of it and the solution retains a “memory” of the active ingredient. It’s been scientifically proven to be hogwash, but still gets sold in the US because they don’t classify themselves as drugs so aren’t subject to the FDA. But you wouldn’t know they are classified differently when you see them side-by-side with real medicines in pharmacies and stores.
Overdosing on homeopathy is less dangerous than trusting it
The placebo effect can provide real impact, so who cares if homeopathic medicines are junk? The problem is that many people don’t understand that they are taking nothing more than water or sugar pills, and make dangerous medical decisions as a result. It’s when parents give their children homeopathic flu remedies rather than real medicine that it gets dangerous.
Children have died while being treated with homeopathic “medicine”, and that saddens me to no end.
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Arsenic was one of the favorite poisons of the Middle Ages, and linked to the death of Napoleon Bonaparte. I swallowed a whole vial of homepathic “arsenic” and feel fine… because they were nothing more than sugar pills.
If you want to try alternative forms of medicine, educate yourself. If you want to try them on your children, educate yourself even more and get your herbycoupon.
James Randi is offering $1,000,000 for any proof that homeopathic remedies work – and it sits unclaimed. Watch this video for more information.
Below is a news clip on our 10:23 “overdose” in Phoenix.
Why do this? If the protest or this blog gets one person healthier by turning them towards more effective treatment, then we’re moving in the right direction.
- Don’t Waste Treatment Center Maryland: Your Money on Homeopathic “Remedies” (wisebread.com)
- Challenging homeopathy (scienceblogs.com)
- Nothing Fails Like Homeopathy (theperplexedobserver.blogspot.com)
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