Yes, you heard me right. So states the newsletter from Australia’s “Homeopathy Plus” online store, flagrantly exploiting the fear surrounding Japan’s nuclear accident to con people out of money. I feel comfortable using the word “con” because even an honest homeopath (albeit misguided) knows that an X-ray cannot be diluted with water (as it does not consist of matter), so they’re selling something that they know does not exist. Probably, they read an article online that compared microsieverts of radiation with what you’d get from an X-ray, and decided that therefore an X-ray is a scary enough sounding “toxin” that it might as well be tacked onto the list of evil compounds that homeopathy’s “law of similars” says will cure you of its real-world effects. Anyway, here’s the text of the newsletter (the original may be available here for a limited time):
Radiation Sickness and Poisoning
Guidelines for Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment
In the wake of the major earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, an explosion has just occurred at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
It was reported that radiation had already leaked from the plant prior to the explosion and Japanese officials now fear a meltdown with further contamination has now taken place.
People are being evacuated from surrounding areas as engineers scramble to contain the damage.
Should the situation worsen, radioactive material carried by wind and air currents may spread contaminated material to neighbouring islands and countries.
For all concerned, there are protective steps that can be taken with homeopathy.
Key remedies that have been used either in research or historically to prevent or treat radiation poisoning include the following:
- Cadmium iodide
If at risk of radiation exposure, any one of the above remedies may be taken as an emergency response, three times a day in a 30C potency. Do not exceed 6 doses without guidance from your homeopath. If radiation sickness has developed, your homeopath can also advise on treatment dosages.
The following was written for the treatment and prevention of radiotherapy and chemotherapy side-effects but the information and references it contains are just as useful and relevant to accidental radiation exposure.
May be taken as an emergency response. They are actually telling people that hocus-pocus is helpful in the face of an actual medical emergency. I like the “Do not exceed 6 doses without guidance from your homeopath” as if the stupid sugar pills are so powerful that they require professional guidance. And if radiation sickness has developed? If you’ve actually absorbed more than one full sievert of radiation? Take a sugar pill; that’s sure to reverse the extensive chromosomal damage and organ shutdown.
This newsletter is bursting at the seams with claims that are untrue and illegal — and moreover, morally reprehensible in the face of the tens of thousands of Japanese killed in the tsunami that caused the Fukushima Daiichi mess. Australia’s law enforcement does not take kindly to this, and neither should any other decent human being.
If anyone from “Homeopathy Plus” would care to defend any of the illegal and immoral claims in this newsletter, I invite you to do so. I will be glad to address your points. In the meantime, I encourage Australians, Japanese, other hominids, and Australian regulators to send the contents of this newsletter to the Australian HCCC (Health Care Complaints Commission). You can do so here.
Yes, exploiting the deaths of thousands of innocents for financial gain pisses me off.
Update: A reader did contact the HCCC and was referred to the Office of Fair Trading as the appropriate place to report this type of violation. They are at:
NSW Fair Trading
PO Box 972
Parramatta NSW 2124