April’s Fool or just plain Fool?

By Siouxsie Wiles 01/04/2014 15


The number of people who have died in Guinea from Ebola virus infection is now at 78, and Médecins sans Frontières says the country faces an unprecedented epidemic. Two sisters have died in neighbouring Liberia, one of whom had recently returned from Guinea, and Senegal has closed its borders with the west African country.

Despite there being no treatment or vaccine against this highly lethal virus, according to Joette Calabrese there is hope. “Fortunately for us, homeopathy has great renown for its healing ability in epidemics” she tells us.

In her blog post “Bioterrorism and Epidemics: Knowing Homeopathy Can Help Make the World a Less Scary Place” she writes: “The symptoms of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers resemble those of malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and viral hepatitis. In homeopathy, remedies are often chosen based on the symptom picture, so the remedies most often used for Ebola will be the same as for these other diseases.” She goes on to list six homeopathic remedies which she says should be given every hour “…but as the severity of the symptoms decrease, frequency is reduced. If no improvement is seen after 6 doses, a new remedy ought to be considered”.

Reading Joette’s post on April 1st, I thought this must surely be a joke. But it seems not.

I’ll leave you with another useful product (AKA should be an April Fool’s gag), for those who are feeling a little run down and worried your diet might be lacking these core ingredients. One tablet daily is all you need, apparently.

Hat/tip to @zeno001, @cammerschooner and @nccomfort on twitter for these gems.

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15 Responses to “April’s Fool or just plain Fool?”

  • Just read more on that woo-filled page, Siouxsie, & found this gem among the list of suggested treatments:
    Echinacea 30C – For when there’s sepsis or blood poisoning, fetid smelling discharges and enlarged lymph nodes.
    – now there’s a sure way to condemn someone to a particularly nasty death 🙁

  • “The symptoms of Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers resemble those of malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and viral hepatitis. In homeopathy, remedies are often chosen based on the symptom picture, so the remedies most often used for Ebola will be the same as for these other diseases.”

    Which puts the lie to the CAM claim of treating the “underlying” cause of disease – they are literally treating the symptoms. Doesn’t matter what disease you have the symptoms are the same so the treatment is the same.

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  • Wow, that DNA supplement is actually for real, not an April Fools’ Day joke. I was sure it would be fake, I’d thought no one would seriously think that was real. Could it be that I’m still not cynical enough?

    It reminds me of a colloidal silver product being sold from a few New Zealand websites (e.g. http://www.donotlink.com/fRx). The description for the product states “Skybright Colloidal Silver has a positive charge on each ionic particle and when cells become infected with a bacteria they lose a positive electron and become negatively charged.”

    Surely no one would fall for that, right?

    …right?

  • Ah, I see now. She sells ‘courses’ on various things (approx. $40 each for such gems as “You too can protect from the flu”) and is planning one on epidemics. There you have it.

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  • Homeopathic remedies I have to admit I don’t know how that works when something is watered down so much. However maybe modern medicine just is not up to speed about it, example apparently a shark can sense a drop of blood in and Olympic size pool. Can modern medicine do the same , maybe the human body can sense something in the homeopathic remedy and use it , who knows.
    As I said before these patients would have no vitamin c or very little in their system .A blood test would conform this, there is plenty of info to say that it would help not hinder.