You CAN’T overdose on homeopathic remedies folks…

Oh the hilarity (after the fact because it wasn’t really sleeping pills), though I suggest these kids get some counseling about the dangers of real pharmaceuticals. The parents need help regarding pretend meds.

10 Palm Beach Gardens middle school students take homeopathic… | www.palmbeachpost.com.

Three students at Watson B. Duncan Middle School were taken to hospitals as precaution after they took a homeopathic sleep-aid at school, according to Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue.

Chief Keith Bryer said 10 students at the middle school took the over-the-counter sleep aid. A bottle of Calms Forte was found with a student.

The company and poison control noted you can’t overdose. Why? Because there is no active ingredient in homeopathy remedies. There’s NOTHING in it (except filler). But three parents freaked and insisted they be checked out.

May I suggest you check THIS out.

Randi overdosing on homeopathic sleeping pills – YouTube.

Homeopathic Medicine Overdosers Survive Unscathed : Shots – Health News : NPR.

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  17 comments for “You CAN’T overdose on homeopathic remedies folks…

  1. Angela
    May 21, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Good thing they didn’t mess around with dihydrogen monoxide…. *nods head*

    What concerns me is why were they taking this during school hours? They must have thought it would do something. Trying to get a buzz without getting busted? Kinda failed there….

    • One Eyed Jack
      May 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Hydrous or anhydrous?

      I once stored some anhydrous dihydrogen monoxide in a desiccator. When I checked on it the next day, it was complete gone. It must be highly unstable.

      • August Pamplona
        May 22, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        I suffered a homeopathic death event one time but I got better.

  2. August Pamplona
    May 21, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Maybe you should read the label before suggesting, with a large headline, that you can’t overdose on something. Here it is:

    «Active Ingredients | Purposes:
    Avena Sativa HPUS 1X Double Strength: stress, nervousness
    Chamomilla HPUS 2X: nervous irritability
    Humulus Lupulus HPUS 1X Double Strength: occasional sleeplessness
    Passiflora HPUS 1X Triple Strength: restless sleep from exhaustion
    Biochemic Phosphates (Calc. Phos. HPUS 3X, Ferrum Phos. HPUS 3X, Kali Phos. HPUS 3X, Mag. Phos. HPUS 3X, Nat. Phos. HPUS 3X): enhances cellular function»

    As you can see, three of the ingredients use a tenfold dilution while one uses a hundredfold dilution. In other words, this is homeopathic in name only.

    The reason why these young folk should not worry about overdosing is because the ingredients are relatively harmless –except for hops, if you happen to be a greyhound (In which case it can kill you*). Besides hops, there’s oats, passion flower and chamomile (plus some traces of some salts, it looks like). Different ingredients at the same dilution levels could present a hazard (as was the case with the homeopathic zinc from Zycam a few years ago which allegedly caused a few unlucky people to lose their sense of smell).

    * And even then I doubt they packed enough into the whole bottle to present a hazard to genetically susceptible dogs.

    • May 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      Those ingredients, if they are accurate, mean that the substance in question wasn’t homeopathic, and therefore the headline is accurate.

      However, it could be misleading, as many people see no distinction between homeopathic, herbal, chinese, traditional and alternative medicine. To a lot of people, all those terms describe the same thing, but they don’t.

      If readers see that headline and don’t check out the actual article, it could be very misleading.

      • Ryan
        May 21, 2014 at 6:39 PM

        The #X indicates the level of homeopathic dilution used. Apparently the X denoted scale dilutes along of factor of 10 by volume. So the remedy is still homeopathic, and prepared using homeopathic methods. Its just far less diluted than we tend to see. As the actual numbers can’t really be confirmed, and these statements aren’t regulated, I don’t really see any reason to assume there’s much if anything in there. Avena Sativa is Oats, Humulus Lupulus is Hops, Passiflora refers to the genus that passion fruit comes from . None of these things are things one can typically “overdose” on even at full strength. So even if we assume they’re actually in there and accurately diluted by 10:1 its still harmless to eat the whole bottle.

  3. May 21, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Some products labeled as homeopathic actually have undiluted herbs and have potential toxicity.

    • May 21, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      I agree. I would never feel secure doing one of those 10^23 overdoses on unregulated stuff.

  4. Nick
    May 21, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    If this “law of infinitesimals” is taken at face value, wouldn’t you overdose by taking a fraction of a pill instead of multiple pills? The less you take the stronger it would be. This means that I am currently overdosing on homeopathic sleeping medicine by not taking any. Maybe that’s why I am so tired!

  5. August Pamplona
    May 21, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Thus the old joke about the patient who forgot to take his homeopathic medicine and died of an overdose.

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      *rimshot* Oldie but goodie.

  6. kompani101
    May 22, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    Why does this not surprise me;
    The CIA, why the world hates America.
    The NSA, why America is paranoid about the world.
    The FBI, why America is scared of Americans.
    The NRA, why Americans can kill Americans.
    Fox News, why America remains ignorant of the world.

    • May 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      This is the second time I’ve seen this ambiguous comment. I didn’t quite get its relevance the first time and continue to not get the relevance to the topic at hand.

  7. Paulo
    May 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Yes you can! There are reported cases of people who have died from drinking to much water! ;-)

  8. Paulo
    May 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    In those reported cases it wasn’t. But it proves that you can die if you take to much of a homeopathic “remedy”; and don’t tell me of the active ingredients because if it has one in it than it’s not homeopathy :-D

  9. May 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Thank you for the disclaimer about your comment policy. Would that more sites like you had such a policy. Well done!

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