Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Four Out of Four Pharmacists Didn't Know!

Over the past few months I posed the following question to four pharmacists.
"What is homeopathy?"
The response from all four were almost word for word the same. "You know, it has to do with natural ingredients and herbs."
Of course nothing could be further from the truth. Briefly, homeopathy was dreamed up about 200 years ago (go to whikipedia and take a look). The two principles, if you will, are that like cures like and the more you dilute something the stonger it gets. (I'll let you folks look-up the like cures like.) Now, let me repeat that, "The more you dilute something the stronger it gets."
Though I don't know it to be true, I think that Oscillococcinum is one of the best sellers. Take a look here:

OK, here's how it works. They take the ingredient, duck liver, and dilute it. Remember, the more you dilute it the stronger it becomes. If you look at the back of the box, this is what you'll see:

"Active Ingredient: Anas Barbariae Hepatis et Cordis Extractum (200CK HPUS). Inactive Ingredients: Sucrose, Lactose."

That long funny name, I guess is the ducks' parts, and of course we know what sucrose and lactose are. So, here's the good part, the 200CK HPUS. Now, they really wanted to make this remedy? strong so they diluted it 200 times. How, does that work?
OK, take 100 parts water, add a drop of the active ingredient (the duck stuff), and shake. Actually, these homeopathic folks have a magic way of shaking (if you do any reading on this you'll find out the secret and magic way they do it).
Now, take the diluted solution, take one drop of that and put in 100 drops of water. So, you are getting the idea, now. Yep, you do this 200 times. I don't think you need to know a lot of physics or chemistry to know that there is absolutely nothing left, no active ingredient. Nothing. No, I'm not implying that the active ingredient would do anything.
I will say that some of what's on the box is true and honest to a fault.
"No side effects, non-drowsy, no drug interactions."

Here's what CVS's Website says:
"Homeopathic Medicine. Reduces duration and severity of flu symptoms. Symptoms of Flu: Fever, chills, body aches and pains. No side effects. No drug interactions. Non-drowsy. Take Oscillo at the first sign of flu! Oscillococcinum (o-sill-o-cox-see-num) is safe, natural and easy to take. Oscillo is used by millions of people and recommended by doctors around the world. Contains 1g of sugar per dose. Nature's No. 1 flu medicine. Made in France."

Folks, you've been warned.

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