Why do I care that my friends might be taking sugar pills? Read my previous article about my motivations for exchanging Angry Words With Friends.
TLDR: Homeopathy is a gateway placebo.
Check whatstheharm.net to find out more. The potential harm is that patients may be taking sugar pills to cure their cancer, this is not an exaggeration.
Raise your hand if you think water has memory? Good! I’m guessing you’ve simply never heard about homeopathy, which claims to violate the laws of chemistry by diluting a substance until there is no ‘active ingredient’ left in it. It’s not your fault that homeopathic remedies are sold in many U.S. drug stores, packaged in an identical manner and placed on shelves next to real medicine. Can you think of a situation that you might want fast-acting medicine? Choose poorly at your local WalMart and you might instead purchase a placebo treatment for your pink eye or yeast infection (it’ll hopefully clear up in a few days on it’s own) AND AT 50% MORE THAN REAL MEDICINE. Now that you know, you should be angry that people are intentionally marketing these shams.
Spotting the red flags of pseudoscience becomes a little easier over time. When you realize that it would be very simple and lucrative for a small mischievous company to create a fake product using the same gimmick, you start to look at gimmicky products more critically. Did you ever take Airborne? That’s exactly what this company did successfully, and admitted to doing, selling you a placebo cold remedy. Despite being found out, fined, and settling a class-action lawsuit, their products are still on shelves. This is why I care enough to tell my friends about it.
Not sure what words to look for during Infomercials? We made it a game:
Here's your tiny coffee, what'd you say to upset Wylona?
Just that the medicine she's taking is a placebo.
If it makes her feel better, why do you care?
Because it's not helping her get better!
But why take it away from her if she enjoys it?
Wouldn't you want to know that a certain birth control was fake?
That's not funny.