From Esther Inglis-Arkell:
Homeopathy claims water can cure you, because it once held medicine. That's like saying you can eat off an empty plate because it once held food. Cut it out, people!
Homeopathic products are remarkably common in health food and supplement stores. And who hasn’t bought something on a lark at one of those places, right?
If you don’t know what homeopathy means, here goes: you start out with some presumably active compound mixed with water, then you dilute it with more water … ridiculously more water* … with the idea being that the more diluted it is the better it works.
Yeah … right … ‘cause that worked so well when my mom would try and stretch the Kool Aid when I was a kid.
And it’s New Year’s Eve … I really need to mix a cocktail for someone tonight following that logic.
This is from an io9 piece entitled “10 Pseudo-Science Theories We’d Like to See Retired Forever”. Read the whole thing.
* Many homeopathic medications have labels right on them suggesting that, if you know Avogadro’s number, that the bottle is likely to contain one or less molecules of the active ingredient.