Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Speaking of Homeopathic Dilution on SBM - My 2011-01-12 Comment

here, I repeat what I said in comment to Dr. Novella's "1023 2011" (2011-01-12) [particularly because I want a place to add to later concerning that Nelson bladder-water-molecule source]:

"Speaking of dilution, for some reason I’m reminded of the Nelson-homeopathy link — from UK circles.

There is a homeo. remedy maker in the UK called Nelsons (see http://www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com/en-gb/uk/our-brands/nelsons-homeopathy/ ) [of course it's all called "natural"], but that’s not what I mean, though it has been reported that a Nelson’s pharmacy [apparently] recommended homeo. remedies instead of actual malaria prophylaxis in 2006 (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/jul/14/medicineandhealth.lifeandhealth ).

My memory was of a snarky quote, maybe by Richard Dawkins, something like:

you are more likely to drink today in one of your beverages a molecule of water that has passed through Admiral Nelson’s bladder [he is known to have peed into the sea at least once!] than to find a molecule of original substance in a homeopathic remedy.

Since Admiral Nelson was shot by a French marksman, and your unavoidable Nelson-remedy is likely in everything you drink, we’re all protected from SIMILAR [!!!] 19th century marksman rifle-fire. In fact, I know NO BODY who has been so accosted. I’d like someone to provide subjects that refute proof of this protection!

Anyway, I’ve looked on-line, but can’t find the source / origination — the internet has diluted it.

Or, perhaps I dreamed it. So I’ll borrow [!] and reiterate:

I’m more likely to shovel a molecule of water in the snow on my walk this afternoon that has passed through Admiral Nelson’s bladder than to find a molecule of original substance in a homeopathic remedy from the dispensary of the naturopathic college down the street.


-r.c.
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