Do homeopathic remedies work?

‘Science Babe’ Takes Fifty Sleeping Pills; Petitions CVS To Pull Homeopathic Remedies From Shelves [Video]

How effective are homeopathic remedies? In a bid to prove they aren’t remedies at all, a YouTube personality, self-styled as the “Science Babe,” took an entire bottle of homeopathic sleeping pills, and proceeded to show the results.

You can see the video below, but be warned it may not be safe for work and may be offensive to some viewers, as it does contain a small amount of strong language.

The Science Babe asserts that by selling these homeopathic remedies, stores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS send a false message that they are effective remedies, and a reasonable alternative to mainstream medicines. Homeopathic treatments, the Science Babe warns, are not alternatives to real medicine, and may be costing customers money while preventing them from selecting remedies that will actually improve their condition.

So what happens when Science Babe downs an entire bottle of CVS brand homeopathic sleeping pills? She plays with her dog, uses her phone, and exhibits no signs of drowsiness whatsoever until hours later, when she has been awake for over 20 hours and can likely assume that her sleepiness isn’t related to the pills.

Taking 50 times the recommended dosage of most remedies would result in an overdose. Science Babe warns not to try this with Benadryl, Melatonin, or other remedies commonly used for sleep, because “those actually work, because they have real medicine.”

In fact, the FDA appears to agree with the YouTuber: On their website, they express their stance on homeopathic remedies.

In addition, FDA is not aware of scientific evidence to support homeopathy as effective.

James “The Amazing” Randi has done similar demonstrations many times, taking full bottles of similar homeopathic remedies in front of audiences, and has issued similar calls for pharmacies to cease selling these remedies, calling the companies “silent accomplices.”

According to NPR, hundreds of skeptics followed his example in 2011, with none falling ill — or asleep — in an attempt to show the ineffectiveness of homeopathic medicines. Randi also offered $1 million to any homeopathic medicine peddler who could prove their remedies work.

The Science Babe, to the same goal, is circulating a petition. She hopes that if it gains enough signatures, it will spread awareness about how homeopathic remedies really (don’t) work, and make pharmacies re-think the decision to keep them on the shelves next to conventional medicines.

If the Science Babe’s petition is successful, CVS may send their homeopathic remedies in the same direction they recently sent cigarettes.

[photo credit: {Guerrilla Futures | Jason Tester}]

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