It’s a while since I’ve put homeopathy in my sights.
Most of what I’ve written in the past have been general observations. Let’s look at an actual product I’ve seen sitting on the shelves in a New Zealand pharmacy.
Before looking at my chosen remedy, to recap on homeopathy briefly: repeatedly diluting the original ingredients eventually eliminates the ingredients. While the starting solution may have contained some herbs or other substances, if many repeated dilutions are applied, the final solution will have none. Describing the mixture by a dilution ratio is misleading, as this describes part (not all) of the process of the making of the mixture, not the amounts in the final mixture being sold.
Most stores I visited carried Naturo-Pharm’s range of homeopathic products.
In my earlier article I mention NaturoPharm’s ‘Wartoff’ product.
It isn’t the most startling product, but it’ll do to illustrate the point.
Like other products NaturoPharm offers, it’s claimed that it ’assists the body’s normal immune response and maintains the skin’s defences against warts.’
One of Alison’s articles addresses the issues of claims to ‘boost the immune system’; I’ll let her article cover that. Suffice to say here that that claim makes little sense.
But what about the claim to maintain ’the skin’s defences against warts’?