Somewhat related to the last post, but this time about the “alternative” or “homeopathic” remedies… I’m tired of seeing parents being taken advantage of by companies running a multi-BILLION dollar industry selling “homeopathic” remedies that are very well-known to simply be at-best sugar-pills or water, and at worst potentially very harmful. This news story (Homeopathic remedies recalled for containing real medicine) is just the latest of many demonstrating how people who don’t know better are being taken advantage of…
From the linked story:
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled homeopathic remedies made by a company called Terra-Medica because they may contain actual medicine — possibly penicillin or derivatives of the antibiotic.
“In patients who are allergic to beta-lactam antibiotics, even at low levels, exposure to penicillin can result in a range of allergic reactions from mild rashes to severe and life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.”
“People are often persuaded to try homeopathy by claims that homeopathic remedies have no side effects — and that’s true, albeit because they also have no beneficial effects. These so-called medicines are simply drops of water, put onto sugar pills, and no more than that.”
This is not the first time that the FDA has had to recall homeopathic remedies for containing actual medicines. In 2009, it recalled the Zicam Cold Remedy products because they were causing people to lose their sense of smell — some 130 people reported long-lasting loss of their sense of smell to the FDA, while 800 more people complained to Zicam. Zicam’s parent company Matrixx ended up recalling all of the products — the problem seemed to be caused by taking zinc intranasally.
There’s more in the linked article. On a side-note. My dad also completely lost his sense of smell from Zicam…