Thursday, December 6, 2012

Save $1 on diluted duck innards goo

Noticed this ad for oscillococcinum with a "Save $1" coupon in the December 2 issue of Parade magazine.

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic non-remedy for the flu. Its "active" ingredient is water anas barbarae hepatis et cordis extractum, AKA duck liver and heart, that have been allowed to ripen for 40 days into a duck innards goo that's then diluted in water many times over so that the end result is one part duck goo in 102000 water molecules. In other words, the final product that is sold is water. And nothing but water. (So it probably, as advertised, has no side effects or drug interactions.)

The chances of water effectively treating flu is (I know some might find this hard to believe) none. Even if the water is packaged in tiny doses priced at about $1.50 - $2.00 per dose or $4.50 - $6.00 per day.

If you're going to pay that much for water that won't treat your flu, you might as well save $1.00 doing it.

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