Training kit for charlatans, quacks and fraudsters

Homeopathy is a complete fraud…the belief that you can make medicine stronger by diluting it is deluded quackery…but still there are some loons who beleive in it.

Now you can get a kit to help train your delusions…and maybe even start an¬†entrepreneurial¬†business into duping people:

homeopathy

Homeopathy is based on the principle of diluting an herb with water until none of the substance remains, then selling the water for $10‚ÄĒor $100. Inert powders are also used as the dilutant, with the same results.

Take, for example, the¬†“HomeoFamily Kit”, which is a big drawer full of tubes. Most of the ingredients listed are “30C”, which, in homeopathy jargon, means that an extract of that ingredient was diluted 100 times, thirty times in succession. This means that it’s so dilute there would be perhaps one molecule of the active ingredient remaining in a sphere of “medicine” 131 light years in diameter.

The manufacturer helpfully notes that it has “no side effects.” Since these are literally sugar pills, a mix of sucrose and lactose, this is what you’d expect.

“Wait! HomeoFAMILY?¬†Are they suggesting you give placebos to children instead of medicine?” That’s¬†exactlywhat they’re marketing. Check out¬†“Homeopathic Medicine for Children and Infants”¬†for another example. This book recommends you give your kids homeopathic medicine as an alternative to real medicine for Rubella, bone fractures, asthma, head injuries, and Measles.

Would it blow your mind if I told you that the author of this book developed her own line of homeopathic medicine? The price of bottled water has not been diluted to the thirtieth power; annual sales of homeopathic remedies in the US alone are nearly a billion dollars ($870 million in 2009, according to the Chicago Tribune).

Homeopathy is a complete fraud preying on the fears of desperate people….but wait there is Homeopathy for cats and dogs too:

You can also buy¬†“Cats: Homeopathic Remedies”, which is a book, or¬†Newton Homeopathic Eye Care For Dogs and Cats, or¬†“Storm Stress” tablets¬†to make your dog calm down during thunderstorms.

  • Ronnie Chow

    Our tap water must be an incredibly complex homeopathic soup if 1 molecule in their regular remedies makes them potent .
    Snopes.com : False.

  • Lion_ess

    Homeopathy works wonders for hypochondriacs. Thousands of differently named bottles of water to choose from, all with exotic names for non-existent conditions. Fortunately the hypochondriacs never get any better – nor any worse. Should anyone so much as mention “squirting cucumber, muscovy duck liver, fox-glove or woody nightshade”, give them your best faux apologies and run.

    • Travis Poulson

      Fan-fuckin’-tatic Lion_ess.

      “squirting cucumber, muscovy duck liver, fox-glove or woody nightshade”

      Sounds like a complete dvd box set found in the raid of the fat german’s mansion.

      • Lion_ess

        Someone’s got a dose of the down buttons for you tonight Trav, that’s what happens when you’re a “knob-face”. lol…..

        • Travis Poulson

          Oh stop it :)

          • Lion_ess

            I think you’ve got yourself a real live stalker. Don’t be shy, wear it as a badge of honour

          • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

            I’ve traced his ip…found this photo in “Pictures of Me” on his hard drive

      • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

        Much more than that found at the mansion…Fat German isn;t being honest about the FBI interest in his little business.

  • Rodger T

    I`m thinking of selling franchises ,get in quick,

    http://bulkhomeopathy.com/
    Send me your bank acc no. and I`ll dilute it for you.

    • Lion_ess

      I’d be keen to be a partner in this one – diluting bank accounts is a tried and true business model – the banks have proven this already. Late payments, early payments, not enough, too much – hello – we ‘re here to help. Gulp.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I am thinking of talking to Deputy PM and Finance Minister Museli Norman tomorrow morning. How about starting a Government funded Homoeopathy industry? Fits well with the “green jobs” scheme. Could give work to lot of dirty green hippies of the Green party……

    • Lion_ess

      It’s likely to be profitable – so would be a no-goer I’m afraid.

    • peterwn

      The Deputy PM’s wife will tell him not to be so silly.

  • Jimmie

    As a farm manager some 15 years ago I got sent on a homeopathic day course by my boss who wanted to save some $$ on traditional cow medicine.

    I was pretty sceptical when I went and got more so as the day went on. I read in their manual how the dilution (life force??!) could work with all sorts of substances including rotten meat, cocaine, weed, weird herbs etc.

    I grew into a blatant heretic when the so called practitioner stated that the less of the substance used the more powerful it became to the animals.

    But the thing that really nailed it home was when she said that if you put several drops in a river it would help heal/protect any animal that drank the water – both upstream and downstream.

    After that statement I just laughed shook my head and decided it was the modern version of the snake oil quakery of yesteryear.

    • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz Whaleoil

      Fuck me Cyril…”upstream and downstream”…oh FFS

  • Jane

    By far the worst peddler of homeopathy in NZ is Ricky Gorringe of Hamilton.

    He was struck off the Medical Registrar and fined over $104.000 in 2003 after being found guilty of disgraceful conduct.

    He now operates a “health clinic” in Hamilton selling homeopathic “remedies” to people desperate for a cure to illnesses that mainstream medicine are honest enough to say they do not have a cure for – http://www.waikatohealthclinic.co.nz/Who+we+are.html

    It’s a disgrace that he is allowed to continue exploiting the public with his bogus treatments.

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