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Old 1st March 2014, 07:30 AM   #521
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Originally Posted by pgwenthold View Post
Thia is something I have always thought.

If you went into a place where such homeopathic stuff is sold and asked them, "How can you show me that what you are selling is really what it is?" what could they say?

"Um....I can't. See, look at the label!"

"But how do you know the label is correct?"

So those selling homeopathic stuff can't actually promise that they are even selling you homeopathic stuff!
Yeah, that's a line I've tried once or twice with homeo-believers. "If I were supplying your retail homeopathic outlet with fake products, how would you know?".

The only answer is "The customers wouldn't get better" but then you get bogged down in details of experiments to test that and they'll tell you it has been successfully tested.

Faith is hard to shake.
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Old 1st March 2014, 07:38 AM   #522
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Faith is hard to shake.
The very opposite of hands!

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Old 1st March 2014, 08:04 AM   #523
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Originally Posted by pgwenthold View Post
Thia is something I have always thought.

If you went into a place where such homeopathic stuff is sold and asked them, "How can you show me that what you are selling is really what it is?" what could they say?

"Um....I can't. See, look at the label!"

"But how do you know the label is correct?"

So those selling homeopathic stuff can't actually promise that they are even selling you homeopathic stuff!

See also: Attention mes amis! Homeopathic emergency in France!
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Old 1st March 2014, 08:13 AM   #524
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There's a slight technical problem with that:

http://www.publications.parliament.u...66/7022105.htm

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Q538 Lord Broers: I have a simple, technical question about homeopathy and drugs. Is it possible to distinguish between homeopathic drugs after they have been diluted? Is there any means of distinguishing one from the other?

Ms Chatfield: Only by the label.
That is a quite remarkable admission. It is also remarkable that this answer was not followed up with further questions, such as whether mislabelled pills will have the effect of their new labels or their old labels.
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Old 1st March 2014, 08:51 AM   #525
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That is a quite remarkable admission. It is also remarkable that this answer was not followed up with further questions, such as whether mislabelled pills will have the effect of their new labels or their old labels.
Only if you peel and lick the glue on the old labels.
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Only if you peel and lick the glue on the old labels.
Some customers of homoeopathy have recognised that the magic is in the labels, and put the labels under their pillows instead. To skeptics, it is not surprising that the effect of this practice works just as well as ingesting the original remedy. For traditional homeopaths we are dealing with sacrilege.

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It's a little known fact that the label is as potent as the liquid. It saves money because the label never runs out. The more faded and brittle it becomes, the more potent the effect!


Crazy old world.
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Originally Posted by steenkh View Post
That is a quite remarkable admission. It is also remarkable that this answer was not followed up with further questions...

Res ipsa loquitur.
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It's a little known fact that the label is as potent as the liquid.

Look up "paper remedies".
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Originally Posted by Donn View Post
It's a little known fact that the label is as potent as the liquid. It saves money because the label never runs out. The more faded and brittle it becomes, the more potent the effect!

Crazy old world.
It is! If some wasteful idiot throws away a potent old label and I happen to walk near their rubbish sack I get cured accidentally.

I'm amazed there's any illness in the world at all
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Look up "paper remedies".
Aw, man! I was just spitballin', but it's actually a thing. A thing.

Can I reach another planet? A small moon? Anywhere but here!
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Aw, man! I was just spitballin', but it's actually a thing. A thing.

It's Poe's law. You can't come up with a parody of this stuff that isn't indistinguishable from the real thing.
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