While this story has some humour in it, it’s also a serious matter for a few reasons. For one, this young woman had attempted to commit suicide and potentially thought she was going to die. Second of all, some people actually “believe” (as it’s more along the lines of faith healing than medicine) that homeopath works, and could forgo real treatment for drinking water.
The “medication” in question was Traumeel, which is a joint pain medication. For those of you unaware of what homeopathy is, this would mean that they’d find a drug that CAUSES joint pain, then put it in HUGE quantities of water till it’s so diluted that none of the said drug remains, and then they usually put it on sugar-pills to dry, then package and sell it. So what’s contained is just sugar. The idea of homeopathy is like cures like, and the more diluted it is, the more potent it is.
So, knowing this how could she overdose on homeopathic medicine? Probably by drinking too much water, becoming over-hydrated and dieing of water intoxication. This is the ONLY way homeopathy can kill you (well, besides ignoring actual treatments for things and using this instead).
If she wanted to kill herself using “homeopathic logic” then she should have taken only 1/100th of a pill. Because that would mean it’s more potent. Or perhaps, she shouldn’t have taken any at all if she wanted to overdose, imagine how potent that would be!
If you had a headache, and it was mild, you might take one pain killer. If it’s severe you may take two or more depending on the strength and drug. However with homeopathy it’s the opposite, if it’s mild, you take two or more, and the more severe the headache is, the less you take. So the most potent dose is not taking any at all.
The logic is retarded, and I’m sure it’s got to be a test to see if you even have the basic ability to form thoughts. It defies logic on so many levels is almost makes my brain feel numb.
On the plus side, luckily Alexa Ray Joel will live to see another day. Unfortunately there are still people out there that forgo actual treatment and drink water instead.
P.S. I imagine that the homeopathic community will say the reason she didn’t die is because she took too many pills, thus there was “too much” drug, which made it less potent.
I also wonder what the doctor did when he heard she OD’d on homeopathic medicine, wheeled her into the hallway? Or would he do a procedure just to make her feel better. Psychic surgery perhaps?