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Scientist gulps down 50 homeopathic ‘sleeping pills’ to prove a point

“I don’t know about you, but if I’ve just had an allergic reaction I don’t want the homeopathic version of epinephrine for my medication,” Yvette d’Entremont, better known as the “SciBabe,” explains. “If I’ve just had surgery, I don’t want the homeopathic version of morphine. I want the real shot.”

Millions of people still buy into the 18th century claim that says heavily diluted medicine helps the body fight its own illness. While it’s clear that this archaic form of quackery doesn’t hold up to what we now know about science, it’s still widely disseminated to the public, bringing millions of dollars to charlatans utilizing the cloak of “alternative healing.”

From Medical Daily:

Homeopathic remedies rely on the false scientific notion that water somehow has a “memory,” and the more you dilute a medicine, the stronger that memory gets and the more potent the medicine becomes. But in cutting the active ingredient in a particular medicine, all you do is remove the important stuff. Homeopathic medicine does that until the medicine disappears, and it does it on purpose.

In the video, d’Entremont aimed to expose this practice for the bullshit that it is — by gulping down 50 homeopathic sleeping pills. She’s also started a petition on Change.org calling for companies like CVS Health and Walgreens to take homeopathic medicine off their shelves.

“People will still buy products from your stores,” the petition states, “but instead they’ll buy products that actually work with proven claims.”

Watch the video below:

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79 Comments

79 Comments

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    Cat

    August 14, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    I never used homeopathic medicine and I am a little bit lazy to look for the research. The only valid prove would be if we will do the normal study – two groups, big enough to be representative group, one is taking the medicine, another doesn’t and see if there is an effect that exceeds placebo. Maybe the third group that is told that they take medicine while they don’t. I just want to note that taking a 50 homeopathic peels doesn’t prove or disprove anything. First of all they claim that correct dosage is important and exceeding the dosage decreases the effect. I don’t defend homeopathy. Simply if you want to prove something and call yourself “Science whatever”, then be a scientist and follow the scientific methods .

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    Patty

    August 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I dont know who you are and really don’t care. But before you put out their that all Homeopathic meds are bad. Get your facts straight. If you get them from a reputable company and from a Homeopathic Doctor them they are better then most drugs that have a ton of side affects. My sister who is fighting for her life is doing better now then what she was because of homeopathic meds. She was told 5 years ago to get her affairs in order and she is still here with us today with less cancer in her then before. So get you shit together before you start talking shit about something you dont know anything about.

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    Heiler

    August 15, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I got cured from chronic rhinitis with homeopathy, something regular medicine couldn’t do it. If she wants to prove something have to follow homeopathy rules. Those pills should had been taken with water, never with a cafeine beverage. Also, to get good results with homeopathy you should have a real heath issue and be treated with a good physician (someone with knowledge of traditional medicine and homeopathy). This is a “new” way of treatment that is not really OTC. Yes, it works very slow, it does not aim for the symptoms, it does it for the causes, believe it or not.

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    jasonb1382

    August 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    Okay…

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    John Zohn

    August 16, 2015 at 3:44 am

    If she wanted to prove that there are no benefits from any herbal supplements taking 50 herbal supplement pills, “Avena Sativa” for sleep is a pretty poor demonstration. There are hundreds of herbal supplements that have been studied clinically and demonstrated to have enormous benefits. Tumeric, for example has had hundreds to probably over a thousand clinical studies including being an anti inflamatory, used to treat arthritis, it’s a powerful anti-oxidant, It is also studied to help reduce heart disease and also associated with cancer prevention. Look at the clinical studies before you dismiss it as quackery. One place to start doing research is clinicaltrials.gov. There are thousands of studies on plant based supplements linked to this research database. They usually don’t post the results but you can find the results of the studies by copying and pasting the name of the research and scientific authors name into Google Scholar. The “scibabe” said that she wants scientific resources, she has thousands and thousands of them to dismiss and minimize if she wants to rule out the benefits of the healing properties of plants, seeds and roots.

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    Philip Schafer

    August 20, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I know a lot of people who swear by homeopathic medicine and I’ve had some interesting effects myself. Maybe it’s just a placebo effect stimulator. Good health depends a lot on the mind. At any rate, taking 50 homeopathic pills doesn’t prove anything since the theory revolves around minute doses.

    I was a pharmacist for 42 years and, as marvelous as modern medicine is, it is in many ways a sham and money making scam.

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    Diane

    August 20, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Scibabe: Your ignorance is showing. You obviously know nothing about energy medicine. It doesn’t have anything to do with chemicals. Homeopathy is amazing. Some work better than others, and some people are resistant, because of their ignorance.

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    Michal Rosa

    August 20, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Sir, you are a moron. So what you are saying is that she would have been at more risk if she actually diluted a single pill in a bucket of water? Awesome. And you were a pharmacist.. hope you didn’t kill anyone!

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    Lee Rowan

    August 20, 2015 at 3:12 am

    All she proves is that homeopathic pills have no negative side-effects. Homeopathic meds work on my pets; my vet sometimes suggests them as low-impact treatment for non-critical problems. This gal is just pimping for the pharmaceutical industry. She clearly doesn’t know the difference between homeopathic and narcotic.

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    Becky Waldenberg

    August 20, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Why did she pick sleeping tablets?

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    Inea Atenveldt

    August 20, 2015 at 8:14 am

    to prove there was no medicine in them. The FDA does NOT REQUIRE “homeopathic” or “alternative” medicine to PROVE it’s claims. 99% of ALL “alternative” medicine is pure and simple BS. The companies don’t have to test them, they don’t have to study them, and they don’t have to prove they work. They only have to bottle them, put them on the shelves, advertise to the stupid, and wait for the money to come rolling in.

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    Elizabeth Archerd

    August 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Homeopathy is great for its placebo effect, (which also works with active pharmaceuticals, BTW). Why not use homeopathic pills for the GOMERs and hypochondriacs who plug up ERs and take up too much time at doctors’ offices? Why put them at risk of adverse effects from real drugs? I used homeopathic pills for my little boy when he had minor discomforts. They always “worked” for his leg cramps after soccer practice.

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    Sherry

    August 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    She states that to be effective- one must take small doses but then downs 50? I don’t know anyone who has said homeopathic replaces allopathic. I use it with good results but I still use herbs, vitamins, great food, and sometimes allopathic…it’s a wonderful feast of healing…

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    Rick St Thomas

    August 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    snake oil still sells.

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    Damselfish

    August 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm

    This is bs! Who is this woman? Forensics??? specialist?
    I’ve had amazing results with homeopathic treatments and allergic reactions (and side effects) with traditional meds! Try arnica if you’ve ever had any aches, pains, bruising etc.

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    laurelarockefeller

    August 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm

    Homoeopathic also includes herbs and vitamins — which DO work. When FOUR YEARS of a very strong prescription medicine (topomax at 400mg) failed to help with my severe chronic daily migraine, I got a second opinion with a different migraine doctor who then prescribed for me a specific dose of B2 and Feverfew. Four years after switching therapies, it’s the homoeopathic therapy that controls my migraine when the prescription failed.

    I’m following doctor instructions precisely and it’s worked! But it’s not a prescription medicine — it’s alternative therapy.

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    jonnymidford

    August 21, 2015 at 7:47 am

    This proves nothing and is is a fundamental misunderstanding of how homeopathy works. Homeopathy works through electromagnetic resonance not via simple biochemistry.

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    Elizabeth Lawrence

    August 21, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Alternative medicine is not necessarily homeopathic

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    SkepticGeek

    August 21, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    As a pharmacist I would expect you to understand the science behind why this is hogwash and why what she did proves it. You anecdotal experiences are meaningless, and your claims to authority are fallacious.

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    James L Willis III

    August 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Funny thing Avena Sativa has been used as a sleep aid for centuries, although not clinically proven.
    Hops, chamomile and passion flower have all been clinically proven to aid in sleep. Maybe the sci-babe should of researched the science of the ingredients first.

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    Adam G

    August 21, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    There was an interesting study not long ago on the effects of chiropractic adjustments on pain associated with a particular kind of cancer. In the study, 50 people got the adjustments and 50 people got a placebo maneuver that they were told was the adjustment? How many of the 100 people reported an improvement in their pain?

    All 100.

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    Diane Moffatt

    August 22, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Tell that to a diabetic.

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    SB

    August 22, 2015 at 8:06 am

    “At any rate, taking 50 homeopathic pills doesn’t prove anything since the theory revolves around minute doses.”

    Could you explain that to me? I understand the theory of homeopathy but how taking less of it makes it work more strongly and if you take more of it it has less effect doesn’t make sense to me. Why would they sell more than one dose then?

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    David

    August 22, 2015 at 9:50 am

    “…the theory revolves around…”

    I don’t think that word means what you think it means.

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    Steve King

    August 22, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    As a pharmacist you probably have enough scientific background to read the literature and see that there is no good evidence that homeopathic anything actually works. In fact, well designed studies continually disprove it.

    Modern medicine has many flaws but that is not a good reason to turn to obvious SCAMs (Supplements, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine)

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    William Wyatt (@quadruple_u)

    August 22, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The real danger here was that the Science Babe may have picked something out that said ‘Homeopathic’ on the label but wasn’t actually homeopathic. Companies put homeopathic on labels as a synonym for organic or all natural, because people are stupid.

    PS I realize there was no actual danger because SciBabe knows her shit. Just editorializing.

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    Mermaid

    August 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    One brand, one experiment – super great evidence to reject ALL homeopathic remedies.

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    Matt Gorman

    August 23, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Homeopathy pills of any form might help with hypoglycemia…

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    gwbohn

    August 23, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    50 x 0 = 0
    You can’t get much more minute than that.

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    eqfan592

    August 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    42 years? And in all that time you still came out about as willfully ignorant as can be on some very basic aspects of your field? Amazing.

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    MrFurious

    August 23, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    She took 50 homeopathic sleeping pills and didn’t fall asleep thereby showing that the pills have zero effect.

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    Heather Hutcherson

    August 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    If you don’t believe in it, great, don’t use it. Simple. Homeopathic works for some, even if it’s placebo, so be it, good for them!

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    Delana

    August 23, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    I’m open to homeopathic medicine being bull but try

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    Angel

    August 23, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Mate, that doesn’t make any sense. The more you have of something, the stronger it’s effects are. And besides, at those dilutions none of the original treatment would really be present anyway.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeopathic_dilutions

    Now, sometimes the effects get to be so strong that they aren’t useful anymore. For example, sometimes burning down an area is a good thing, but an out of control fire isn’t.

    Regardless, if you don’t understand it, try taking actual medicine for insomnia at these doses (don’t actually do this, you’ll die). I guarantee you wouldn’t reach half of this dosage before you passed out.

    I mean, by this logic, you could knock out anyone by diluting chloroform in water at these doses and then just letting them breathe it in! By this logic, any water you drink has millions of years of animal feces “memorized” into it’s structure, so you’d be getting poisoned from simply drinking water.

    Again, it’s not magic. We can test these treatments, and they really are just water. So, unless you want to argue magic, it really does just seem silly to say that this genuinely works.

    I will agree though, the placebo effect very likely could explain why so many people swear by them.

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    parameciumkid

    August 23, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Um… I’m 100% on these people’s team regarding homeopathic scams, but did she just confess to drinking caffeine immediately prior to taking a sleeping pill?
    It sort of undermines your argument when you try to prove a sleep aid doesn’t work right after ingesting a chemical that makes you unable to sleep.

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    ScottyB

    August 23, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    If they were real sleeping pills she would have killed herself thereby underscoring the uselessness of the pills that she took in their contrast to the real thing.

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    Ricky Ray Dumbass

    August 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Minute doses? By your logic, she could overdose on .000000001mg Then again, there isn’t even that much in it. There is NONE in it. A pharmacist would know this. Try again.

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    Vincent Venetti

    August 23, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    So she’s doing what james randi has done for years

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    Jeremy

    August 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Can I see her 2+ hours later?

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    Cuneyt Baris

    August 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Pharmacist for 42 years, takes homeopathic drugs. I call bullshit.

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    Katod

    August 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    Ok..now take 50 pharmaceuticals.. and see what happens..lol dumbasses

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    Nancy Fralick

    August 23, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Always thought homeopathic melds were a scam now I know for sure!! Thank you!!

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    Katey

    August 24, 2015 at 1:14 am

    If she had taken 50 real sleeping tablets, she would be dead. It’s a pretty clear way to prove the point she’s trying to make

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    Susan

    August 24, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Science girl should educate herself a little bit on the principles behind homeopathy before trying to “expose” it. Everyone who knows homeopathy knows what a sham this particular post is. It’s not about dosage at all because it doesn’t work chemically. But it most certainly does work IF you do the work to choose the right remedy by matching it against very nuanced symptoms. I’ve had great results with homeopathy over some VERY expensive pharmaceuticals. And before you scream “placebo effect,” you should know that the pharmaceuticals failed before I discovered homeopathy. Given their expense, I should have placebo-effected myself healthy just based on what they cost and my very high expectations. Homeopathy worked (very quickly, weeks later) where pharmaceuticals did not. Sorry, I’ll go with the Europeans on this one. I wonder why their healthcare outcomes are so much better than ours? Maybe, just maybe, homeopathy is one reason.

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    Laura

    August 24, 2015 at 1:31 am

    The only thing this video proves is that homeopathic medicine is safe to take in any dosage, which is one reason many people choose to use homeopathic medicines – completely safe, no side effects, and no interactions with other medications. If she wanted to demonstrate that they didn’t work then she could have followed the directions on the back, since she’s so great at reading labels, and taken it as directed – with water and an hour before actually trying to fall asleep.

    I’m not necessarily arguing for or against the effectiveness of homeopathy, but this video doesn’t support her point at all.

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    Travis

    August 24, 2015 at 1:42 am

    I can’t tell if this a joke or not.
    But if it is not, then this woman has completely misunderstood the most fundamental premises of homeopathic medicine, and has not proven a thing, except that she doesn’t understand it.

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    Roberto A. Bonaldi

    August 24, 2015 at 2:57 am

    That is true and in no way contradicts the fact that homeopathy is BS. The bad in the pharmaceutical industry doesn’t make the impossible real.

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    brandon

    August 24, 2015 at 4:09 am

    u were a pharmacist for 42 years and u say homeopathic medicine is good, thus u should have lost ur license a long time ago.

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    chelay2014

    August 24, 2015 at 4:35 am

    They’re still in the Medical Science mode. .  
    Homeopathy works on low frequency. It also helps to activate the body to do it’s own healing.
    They’re trying to test something they haven’t a clue on. And they’re not trying to prove it works, they trying to prove it doesn’t work. Children in grown up bodies. Poor dears. 🙂

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    Jason Zane Smith

    August 24, 2015 at 5:25 am

    So how do you know which medicines are which? I never even heard of this practice!

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    Tony

    August 24, 2015 at 6:08 am

    If she knows so much about science why does she let her dog lick her face?

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    Gary Hall

    August 24, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Real sleeping pills used in this manner result in a fatality and are a common method of suicide.

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    confused

    August 24, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Yes but hang on, homeopathic remedies don’t increase effect when you take them all at once,it’s when you take them repetitively. I’d like to see her repeat the experiment taking 1 every 15 minutes. Also, isn’t the premise being debunked the same premise that supports vaccines?

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    Robert Miller

    August 24, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Hell 99% of medical science including all of cancer treatments have been proven to be quackery

    The AMA is the biggest form of quackery there is

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    Robert Miller

    August 24, 2015 at 9:04 am

    OK fat girl is so smart why is she drinking diet coke which proves she is an idiot diet coke is proven to have very harmful affects do not believe this quack

    The ama and drug companies wants lifetime customers, there medicine is designed to keep you a customer, milking you for every cent till you are dead

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    Robert

    August 24, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I am no supporter of homeopathic medicine but this was not an objective experiment. By her own admission, she took a dose of caffeine in the form of Coke which would counteract any sleeping pill effect. Why did she not wash the pills down with plain water? – perhaps to ensure they would have no effect.and support her obvious prejudice. Most unprofessional. I would like to see her take pharmaceutical sleeping pills washed down with copious amounts of stimulant as a comparative test.

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    Derpface

    August 24, 2015 at 11:39 am

    What do you call alternative medicine that works? Medicine. (Tim Minchin)

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    Me

    August 24, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Could allow it and call it social darwinism

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    Mike Windrim

    August 24, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Ooops, SciBabe took the “medication” improperly – should be disolved under the tongue and without being handled. She is also taking them with Coke which contains caffein. You also have to consider that the Coke, which is 99.9% water, also has a memoty from all the crap that was in the water as the Coke was being made. You might think by this comment that I support homeopathy. Nope. I am trying to convince my local drug store to stop selling homeopathic drugs as they contain NO drugs. Sure, many “drugs” are just a bunch of hooey too but homeopathy is always hooey.

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    R.

    August 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Tell that to an Asthmatic

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    Sean Gerow

    August 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    If the sleeping tablets worked at all, there would have been an immediate, observable effect. A couple real sleeping pills will make you pretty drowsy. An entire bottle of homeopathic ones did nothing.

    It’s an expensive bottle of candy.

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    Sean Gerow

    August 24, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    How small should I shave the pill down to have the best effect? A half pill? Quarter? Just a few grains shaved off of it? Give it a few taps over a liter of water?

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    James Williams

    August 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You said “didn’t fall asleep”, I think you meant “didn’t die” 🙂

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    Ken Knott

    August 24, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Technically she should have taken fewer than 1 pill to get an ‘increased’ effect from a homeopathic sleeping pill. 50 times less than one pill and she would be DEAD.

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    Patricia Stewart

    August 24, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Wow so why to people buy homeopathic medicine???

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    Geets Romo

    August 24, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Haha… This story brought to you by big pharma…

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    Rob

    August 24, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Philip, just because lots of people ‘swear by something’ does not make it true. In fact on its own, popularity is no indication of accuracy.

    Homeopathy has been debunked by science to the point that there is definitive data to show that these ‘treatments’ do absolutely nothing at all. It’s not even a question anymore, nor something that any attention should be given to in the name of (false) balance as trumpeted by the alternative medicine brigade.

    In my opinion selling/recommending homeopathic products that are known to be a placebo as a treatment for anything is at best disrespectful and at worst fraudulent, as the potential for misinformation and potential harm from lack of effective treatment is very real.

    Also, it seems more than I thought must have changed in the 40 or so years between when you and I studied it.

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    Chris

    August 24, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Homeopathic remedies are meant to be hand made not ran along a conveyor belt maybe so many people think it doesn’t work because those pills are made of fillers and sanatized herbs leaving them useless maybe if she made her own remedies the way witch doctors in tribes do she would have realized that science and nature don’t go hand in hand homeopathy doesn’t work huh.. Canabis, Salvia, Acacia, garlic, lemon, ginger, St Johns wort, holy basil, rosemary, grapefruit, and many more are PROVEN TO HEAL the body and mind there is a reason those pills don’t work and science babe is not a reliable source just like food babe they are PAID ADVOCATES

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    Chris Williamson

    August 24, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I’ve used sleeping pills and am currently using melatonin as a sleep aid, something that is safe and effective is not a sham nor a scam. And your appeal to authority fallacy does not hold any ground, if you think being a pharmacist makes your personal opinion fact then you’re an idiot.

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    Lola

    August 25, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Homeopathic rememdies don’t work in the same way as your pharmaceutical drug. Homeopathy is not a drug and it is impossible to overdose on it. http://www.naturalnews.com/031297_homeopathy_overdose.html

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    Paul Allen (@JayPaulNW)

    August 25, 2015 at 5:32 am

    This video put me to sleep, therefore the homeopathic pills work.

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    Sean Gerow

    August 25, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Watching a video is an extremely low concentration.

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    Ferny

    August 25, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Not only would she fall asleep quickly if they were real sleeping pills, an overdose like that can induce a coma

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    Adam James Fletcher

    August 26, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I’m curious… I know there’s no medicine, and homeopathic crap to me is just a way for companies to marginalize.. however, you DID just take 50 pills, yes, but you took them with Diet Coke and (In your words) there’s a lot more stimulant in that than relaxant in the pills. I can foresee people also using the argument of taking pills with something like Coke causing issues with absorption over time and so on due to carbonation and acidity. Is there a reason you used Coke over water? Thanks!

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    V

    September 4, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I´ve never taken homeopathic medicine but I agree that the logic behind her experiment is flawed. She only proved that at least it wont kill you.

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    Rajesh Kher

    September 15, 2015 at 9:21 am

    James Randi always did in the show

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