Skeptics fail in homeopathy-based mass suicide attempt

January 30, 2010

Today many skeptical protesters gathered outside of Boots Pharmacies in the UK and Australia to take part in public mass overdoses of homeopathic remedies. This protest was organized by the 10:23 campaign, devoted to proving that there are no active ingredients in homeopathic products.

But unfortunately for homeopaths, not a single protester died or was in any way harmed by these actions, as they should have been if there were active ingredients in them:

The media response to this statement was scathing. Boots: We sell homeopathic remedies because they sell, not because they work was one headline. However they sugar it, you’re swallowing a delusion was another. An open letter to Boots from the Merseyside Skeptics followed…


Skeptics to commit mass homeopathic suicide on Jan. 30

January 17, 2010

I’ve blogged about the 10:23 Campaign before. This is the project devoted to exposing homeopathy for the scam that it is. The project’s slogan is “Homeopathy:  There’s Nothing In It.”

Well, for many years skeptics like James Randi and others have attempted to illustrate that there’s nothing in homeopathy by giving public demonstrations in which they down whole bottles of alleged homeopathic sleep aids, what should constitute as some kind of overdose.

In 2004, the Australian Skeptics even videotaped “The Great Skeptic Attempted Mass Suicide Using Homeopathic Crap”:

To date, all participants of the above homeopathic suicide attempt are still very much alive.

But now the 10:23 Campaign is organizing an even bigger demonstration:

At 10:23am on January 30th, more than three hundred homeopathy sceptics nationwide will be takifng part in a mass homeopathic ‘overdose’ in protest at Boots’ continued endorsement and sale of homeopathic remedies, and to raise public awareness about the fact that homeopathic remedies have nothing in them.

For those who are unaware of the Boots Pharmacy controversy, you can find my commentary on it along with incriminating video footage here.

Now an important note for those readers who might be interested in also participating in this event on their own:  do the research first. Some rare products actually do have something in them and are simply cashing in on the homeopathic name. And perhaps the best place to seek information on this is provided on the 10:23 Campaign website (don’t get thrown by their crazy British spellings of words):

If you want to get involved with the event, contact your nearest skeptics in the pub organisation. National press enquiries should be directed to Martin Robbins (press@1023.org.uk)


Scientists dismiss ‘detox myth’

January 5, 2009

Here’s a great article from the BBC about ‘detox’ claims:

There is no evidence that products widely promoted to help the body “detox” work, scientists warn.

Although this generally is old news, the story is justified by a recent review by the charitable trust Sense About Science that looked at 15 products, from bottled water to face scrub. The findings showed that many detox claims were “meaningless”. Here’s one example of the kind of pseudoscience being perpetuated by these companies:

One researcher investigated a Garnier face wash which claimed to detoxify the skin by removing toxins.

The “toxins” turned out to be the dirt, make-up and skin oils that any cleanser would be expected to remove, she said.

They concluded that at worst these products are dangerous and at best, they are a waste of money.  And here’s a great quote to end on:

“Your body is the best detox product you have” – Sense about Science