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Homeopaths Admit Expensive Concoctions Just Water

Posted in News by Skepdude on February 1, 2010

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Homeopaths Admit Expensive Concoctions Just Water

A public mass overdose of homeopathic remedies has forced the New Zealand Council of Homeopaths to admit openly that their products do not contain any “material substances”. Council spokeswoman Mary Glaisyer admitted publicly that “there´s not one molecule of the original substance remaining” in the diluted remedies that form the basis of this multi-million-dollar industry.

The NZ Skeptics, in conjunction with 10:23, Skeptics in the Pub and other groups nationally and around the world, held the mass overdose in Christchurch on Saturday to highlight the fact that homeopathic products are simply very expensive water drops or sugar/lactose pills. A further aim was to question the ethical issues of pharmacies, in particular, stocking and promoting sham products

“You´re paying $10 for a teaspoon of water that even the homeopaths say has no material substance in it,” says Skeptics Chair Vicki Hyde. “Yet a recent survey showed that 94% of New Zealanders using homeopathic products aren´t aware of this basic fact – their homeopath or health professional hasn´t disclosed this. The customers believe they are paying for the substances listed on the box, but those were only in the water once upon a time before the massive dilution process began – along with everything else that the water once had in it — the chlorine, the beer, the urine….”

Hyde notes that one of the homeopathic products downed by the 40 or so people in the mass overdose had a label saying it contained chamomilia, humulus lupulus, ignatia, kali brom, nux vomica and zinc val. But those substances were actually in homeopathic dilutions, meaning that the kali brom, for example, was present in a proportion comparable to 1 pinch of sugar in the Atlantic Ocean – that is, not actually present at all.

“People don´t know that they are paying through the nose for just water – they believe the label implies there are active ingredients in there, just like you´d expect from a reputable health product. And you have to ask, at what point does it shift from being an issue of informed consent to become an issue of fraud?”

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10:23 campaign in video

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on January 30, 2010

We start off with a British TV show discussion. There’s one skeptic in there; I only wish he’d objected to the host’s use of the word “cynic” when referring to him.

Let us being our video coverage with our dear Australian friend, Richard Saunders and a few of his friends. They each consumed 40 tablets of homeopathic sleep medicine. I regret to inform you that none of them fell asleep until later that night (it’s already Sunday in Australia due to time difference)!

Next, we move on to our Leicester brethren and sister….thren something something. I don’t know exactly what they were taking, but whatever homeopathic “medicine” there was on those bottles it didn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever.

Moving on to this homemade 10:23 experiment. We may have to disqualify the young girl because she spit some pills. Obviously she was cheating the test!

Next up: Southampton

I have to stop now. There’s too many videos coming in on YouTube. Just do a search yourself you lazy bum!

And to close it off, here is the super secret, Deleted Video!