Episode Twenty One: Homeopathy, Lies About Magic Potions

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There is also the Commerce Commission, which deals with false and/or misleading claims made in regards to commercial products or services. But, in my country they tend to only investigate issues when enough people have complained.

I wonder if there are similar options in other regions of the world. It might be. And if you want to combat this kind of thing where you are, then this might be something you want to investigate.

We will return to what we should do about it in a little bit.

So, that is my experiences and some of what I figured out I need to do. I will hand it back to my lovely wife now.

Ashna: Here is the template he will use when he complains to the Pharmacy Council. It summarizes many of the key issues here.

Homeopathic products are typically packaged in a very misleading way. Often their packing is designed to suggest it is somehow equivalent to actual medicine. Or at least some viable alternative pharmaceutical medicine. Often the packaging presents the homeopathic product as a viable natural remedy.

No side effects you say? You mean no effects of any kind…

Sometimes it vaguely mentions “clinical trials”. Without mentioning that no valid trial or scientific study of homeopathic medicine has ever had positive results indicative of any efficacy of homeopathic products. And several have shown that they are no more effective than a placebo.

The product web pages and pamphlets are often more misleading. They are prone to allude to studies and trials too. But evade the reality that no such studies support their claims.

This is highly misleading and should be considered false advertising. Homeopathy is not a “natural medicine”. It is water which allegedly has magic powers. They are effectively packaging a magic healing potion and then trying to give the impression that it is equivalent to medicine.

It is equally misleading to refer to trials or studies as if they support their case. When no such things have ever existed when it comes to homeopathy. And given homeopathy is pseudoscience, we know that no such study or trial ever will.

In reality, homeopathy does not and cannot work. Except as a feel-good placebo.

Does the packaging say that? No. It talks about active ingredients. Which is a lie. The “active ingredients” are either not present in the product or present in such small quantities as to have no possible effect on the patient.

That is what it means to be homeopathic. Either the “ingredients” have been diluted to the point that they are not present, or it is not truly homeopathic.

So, which is it? Is this stuff homeopathic or does it contain the active ingredient? If it is homeopathic it does not contain the ingredient and it is a lie to call it an ingredient. If it contains the ingredient, then it is not homeopathic!

So, either way, the packaging is a lie.

It pretends that there are some magical means by which it can have any non-placebo effect. And then claims to have ingredients that it could not possibly have in any useful quantities if it is truly homeopathic!

Why is this allowed? It is fraud and should not be allowed.

But, if these products are to be sold, then the people selling them must be honest about them. And this includes pharmacies. They need to tell their customers what they are selling them. But this does not happen.

If you ask the staff at a pharmacy what “homeopathy” is, they will most likely say “oh, it is natural”. Well, no, it isn’t. It is a magic potion and magic does not work.

Even though the ingredient is not in the product, the water remembers that it was there. But that is not how reality works. We know this. We know water does not have memory.

If it did, it would remember all the poo, arsenic, lead, mud, deadly pathogens and other substances. Not just the stuff we claim treats ailments. And it would probably be highly unsafe to drink almost all the water on the planet!

If water did have memory, then all these arsenic trioxide dilutions you are giving people would have killed someone by now. If water has memory, then it will not remember only the healing properties you pretend arsenic trioxide has, but the deadly properties too. The fact that people do not seem to die after taking this stuff seems to suggest the memory effect is not real.

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If water had memory, then virtually all of it would be as deadly as this.

Either something has memory it does not. It cannot have selective memory for only the properties you want it to have. Water cannot remember only the useful properties of a substance, while failing to remember the toxic properties.

We know water has no properties which allow water memory. And water memory would violate almost everything we know about atomic physics and chemistry. It is entirely impossible.

Remember when I said that they use alcohol sometimes?  Well, alcohol does not have memory either. Nor does the sugar which makes up homeopathic pills. It does not matter what your treatments are made of, no substance has this magical power of memory. And we know it is not possible that any substance ever could.

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