Here are the results from last week’s poll.
- Hepa's Wort: Ayurvedic remedy for liver imbalances. (69%, 68 Votes)
- Vomitusheel: Homeopathic preparation to help treat nausea and vomiting. (31%, 30 Votes)Loading ...
Seems most of you found fact stranger than fiction, because the correct answer is Vomitusheel, Natural Health Product Number 80014075. Vomitusheel is a six ingredient cocktail at “low” homeopathic dilution, meaning the ingredients are only diluted by a factor of either 10,000 (“4D”) or 1,000,000 (“6D”). Taking into account the recommended 10 drop dose (~0.5 ml), and hoping that my math skills hold, that means that each dose contains at most 1/20th of a milligram of each ingredient — and as little as 1/60th of a milligram. Granted we haven’t hit Avogadro’s number yet, but even at so-called low dilutions, there’s barely any actual ingredient in a dose.
Even if there were, it’s hard to see what those ingredients would do to stave off nausea, unless you buy into the magical homeopathic belief that “like cures like.” Indeed, this cocktail would undoubtedly induce nausea in higher doses: ipecacuanha is the basis of Ipecac Syrup, an emetic. There’s also an alkaloid of morphine and several poisons, such as nux vomica and ignatia, both of which contain strychnine. Similarly, aethusa cynapium is also known as “poison parsley” or “garden hemlock” and colchicum autumnale is a poisonous crocus. So I guess we should be thankful it’s diluted beyond any therapeutic value!
My favorite part about this product — other than the BEST. NAME. EVER. — is that the recommended dose for children is half the adult dose. Applying the homeopathic “Less is More” principle, this means that they’re actually recommending a higher dose to kids! I’d love an explanation for that one.
We’ve talked a lot about homeopathy in the past. Not only does it completely lack prior plausibility, but it just doesn’t stand up against the evidence. For Health Canada to say it does betrays the trust Canadians put in our government.
But enough editorializing — time for this week’s question. Remember, the real product “has been assessed by Health Canada and has been found to be safe, effective and of high quality under its recommended conditions of use.”
- Homeoslim: Homeopathic remedy that helps weight loss. (54%, 21 Votes)
- The Mighty Qi: Tonifies and vitalizes The Seven Qi's for complete alignment. (46%, 18 Votes)Loading ...
Answers next week…naturally!
 Despite its toxicity, colchicum autumnale is used therapeutically as a treatment for gout and familial Mediterranean fever — albeit at more than 50 times the dose found here.