Sunday, January 13, 2013

Thirsty for a cure.

Would you pay $423.64 for a 20oz bottle of water? Well I basically did, and many more have unknowingly done the equivalent as well. Let me explain... You see, my wife's ear had been bothering her, so we went to Target to get some ear drops. They only had one brand available, Hyland's Earache Drops,  so we grabbed a box, paid our $6.99 and were on our way. Flash to this morning... I'm watching the Manchester United v Liverpool match (Glory, glory, Man Utd) and I decide to take a closer look at the box. That's when I saw it; 'Homeopatic, made in USA'. Shit! The lettering was so small on the box, that I didn't notice that it was homeopathic while we were still at the store. Then I looked at the drug facts on the back of the carton to find the 'active' ingredient dosage. All four were listed with a potency of 30C. What's wrong with that, you may ask. How about the fact that homeopathy is bullshit! Allow me to explain. Homeopathy is the belief that the more diluted a medicine is, the stronger it becomes. Crazy, I know. A dosage of 30C tells you exactly how diluted it is. The 'C' in '30C' tells you that it's a 1:100 ratio. That means that for every one drop of the active ingredient there are 99 drops of water (or alcohol). They then shake that solution and take one drop of that and place it in a new batch of 99 drops of water. Shake, take a drop and add that to more water. Repeat that until you have diluted it thirty times, and you will have the 30C potency. So you start out with only 1% of the solution, and by the time you've diluted it thirty times, you're left without a single molecule of the original active ingredient. Ironically, the homeopathic potency of 1X is considered a much weaker potency than 30C, even though 1X translates into one part medicine diluted into nine parts water (or alcohol). So they have it backward! 30C contains only water, while 1X is 10% medicine, yet homeopaths claim 30C to actually be much stronger. You have got to be kidding me! So I ended up paying $6.99 for 0.33oz of water. Scale that up to your standard 20oz bottle of  Dasani, and that's an equivalent to paying $423.64 for a 20oz bottle of water. To put that into perspective, a bottle of water is usually around $1.00, and my tap water costs me $1.40 per 1,000 gallons. So $6.99 is a lot to spend for zero medicine.



Some people may wonder what the big deal is. Okay, I made a mistake and wasted $7. Just learn from the mistake and don't buy it again. The science quite simply tells us that it is bunk! Any claims of success are down to the placebo effect. How do they claim the solution can remember a tiny infinitesimal portion of medication, yet this water somehow doesn't remember all the times it's been urinated out or had poo in it.  But the problem is that many people don't know what homeopathy is, and will rely on this fake medication the heal real ills. Many people will waste money and time on nothing more than a tiny bottle of water. At times, this will lead to their condition worsening through non-treatment. Amazingly, one of the things these drops are supposed to treat is swimmers ear. That's right, they are prescribing the treatment on a condition that is caused my moisture in the ear canal, buy applying drops of water! That's like treating alcoholism with a beer. Speaking of alcohol, here's an experiment you can try at home. Take one glass of whiskey and another glass the same size filled with plain old tap water. Then mix one drop of whiskey into that water. Have you and a friend drink until one of you starts to feel a buzz (don't drink and drive). By the rules of homeopathy, the one with the glass of mostly water should get a buzz far before the one drinking straight whiskey. I think we all know that's not what's going to happen though. Homeopathy is a scam. Simple as that.

-BH


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