Thursday, December 20, 2007

An Ethical Homeopathic Puzzle (Otherwise Known As Butt-Ugly Duck Quackery) Diluted

"Oscillococcinum is a remarkable substance. It’s a homeopathic remedy which fights the Oscillococcus bacterium. Now some skeptics will balk at that and ask how a homeopathic medicine can fight anything. That’s not a problem in this case as Oscillococcus probably doesn’t exist. That’s a distraction. What’s interesting is Oscillococcinum itself.

Oscillococcinum is made from the extract of heart and liver of a Muscovy duck. This is diluted to 200CK. The K refers to the method of dilution. You fill a glass with a solution and then empty it. Then you refill the still damp glass with 100ml of fresh pure water. This method assumes you’ve just diluted your solution by one part in a hundred. The C is the bit that tells you it’s one part in a hundred. So in this case 1ml of heart and liver extract is diluted in 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 litres of water. If you took a drop of heart and liver extract and mixed it with all the water in all the oceans on the Earth, it still wouldn’t be anywhere near as diluted as Oscillococcinum.

Once I saw that one question lodged in my mind: “Is it suitable for vegetarians?”


- From Clioaudio, which covers Ancient History, Archaeology and Archaeoastronomy through a Skeptic’s Eyes

Look at those zeros, people, and then explain to me how Homeopathy can "work" - or what those fools in the white lab coats think they're doing. It's shameful that the FDA and major media can allow this nonsense to be sold as medicine - or pretend there's a controversy about it's effectiveness - even touting it as a cure to be used on children. The believers are cultists and nothing more; delusional fools with a mental block as thick as The Great Wall Of China. Or as wide as Africa.

Vegetarians? Well, they're just rude.

I gotta go,...