Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Hey Everyone! Homeopathic Remedies Can Hurt You!

Somehow it's escaping the press's notice that Zicam is a homeopathic remedy. Time to get rid of the silly idea that homeopathy can't hurt you - it does, both passively (in terms of people staying sick) and actively, as in this case. (Just like all-natural things can hurt you. Remember kava?). But Zicam hurt people, and Zicam is homeopathic. Zicam is homeopathic. Zicam is homeopathic. (Sorry, sometimes things bear repeating when people have trouble remembering.)

What now? Let's have an excuse anticipation party. Other popular times to have these are after an important gap-bridging fossil is discovered or a new study is published showing no link between vaccines and autism. What new and exciting excuses will homeopathic apologists make?

- Zicam has (too much zinc, too little zinc, synthetic ingredients, bad karma) in it, therefore it's not really homeopathic. In which case, you might ask them, at what point did you come to this sudden convenient realization? Five minutes after the Zicam story broke, or ten minutes after? Why only distance yourself now?

- It's a conspiracy. Those people's loss of smell came from (overhead powerlines, ibuprofen, bad chakras) and the (evil government, pharmaceutical industry, doctors, people with three-digit-IQs) are against us.

- There's no link proven; more studies are required. Wow! Just like HIV denialists and mass-polluters.

Can you think of any others? I'm sure the snake-oil salesmen at the Herbalifes and Elephant Pharmacies will!

2 comments:

Dan said...

http://simulatedcomicproduct.com/2009/06/02/null-hypothesis/

Michael Caton said...

NICE

Don't think it hasn't crossed my mind.

And unfortunately, by the time you find out the pills don't work well enough, you're in a much deeper hole than $8M. A single one of the studies I'm currently managing is budgeted at more than that.