Friday, January 11, 2013

The Problem with Selling the Homeopathic Product Oscillococcinum

A group of skeptics have banded together to sue Shoppers Drug Mart for selling the homeopathic product Oscillococcinum. Watch the video on Think Again! TV produced by Centre for Inquiry, Canada. This is a class action lawsuit and anyone who has purchased Oscillococcinum from Shoppers Drug Mart may join the plaintiffs.

CFI is not a plaintiff but it has agreed to provide the court with "accurate scientific data on the efficacy and substance of the product."



12 comments :

  1. Some macerated duck liver and heart diluted by a factor of 10^(-400)? I hope they have only killed one duck to make it: it should last the producers till the end of time and longer, even if they fill all the observable Universe with their "medicinal compound". Come to think of it, if one fills a glass with tap water, there's much more duck-derived stuff in it than in an ocean of Oscillococcinum. How the hell do they get rid of it so that it doesn't interfere with their homeopathic effects?

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  2. No no Piotr, you don't understand. You see, when you dilute it, you must bang the little bottle on the edge of a table the precise number of times at each dilution step. That's why homeopathic remedies cost so much. All the knocking. Don't you know cutting-edge science?

    Once I couldn't find any cough medicines for my kid when he was 2; there was just one available. Paid $8. Later I notice the tiny word "homeopathic" on it.

    The gov't should force them to write "DOES NOTHING" in big letters on ever package.

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    1. Maybe even LESS THAN NOTHING, as the dilution is a few hundred orders of magnitude below the level of what counts as "nothing" in the physical Universe.

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    2. I once bought something homeopathic by accident for my child. Once I realized I took it back to the pharmacy and got a refund--even though I had used some of the stuff. I've been bugging them to get rid of their homeopathic stuff ever since (or at least have them put in a separate area with a big disclaimer!).

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    3. I'd be satisfied if purveyers of homeopathic "remedies" were compelled to accept vials of water whose molecules contain the "memory" of cash in lieu of money as a form of payment.

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    4. They could store the homeopathic "remedies" in the same area reserved for tobacco products with the same warnings.

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  3. If a commercial chemical producer claimed that a certain substance in their catalogue was free of a certain contaminant (for the sake of argument let's say duck liver) to a proportion of 1 part in 10^400 they would be sued for false advertising.

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  4. Does anyone want to bet me $100 that BornAgain77 or Kairosfocus use homeopathic remedies and have written a 2,800 word thesis explaining how homeopathy is a foundational principle of science explained by quantum entanglement, the Logos of John 1:1, and the Shroud of Turin, their references being YouTube videos?

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  5. you people kill me. You all have no problem taking pharmaceuticals though right? SMH The proof is in the pudding, so if it works for me and causes no bad side effects, then why shouldn't I take it??? Bunch of sheeple!!!

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    1. No problem. If you want to waste your money go right ahead. There's one like you born every minute.

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  6. Diogenes, for the first time I agree with you. Can you believe it?"

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