Category: Science/Mathematics

Rehash: Billy Joel’s Daughter Tries to Overdose On Homepathic Medicine

Posted by – January 19, 2010

The Stupid, It Burns!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.

Why Placebos Didn’t Kill Alexa Ray Joel

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?

I Finally Got My H1N1 Immunization!

Posted by – December 3, 2009

How immunizations work.

How immunizations work.

I just got my H1N1 immunization yesterday, and wanted to remind people that’s it’s probably a pretty good idea to get it.  I still think it’s likely to be Overhyped Bullshit, but it’s always best to err on the side of caution.  And I have a feeling that it’s likely to get into the yearly rotation of influenza (joining the common strain H3N2) so it’s best to get some immunity to it so you wont be bedridden for a week if you get it.

I also feel the need to clarify myself a bit too.  The reason why I say that the H1N1 is overhyped is because a lot of media were treating it as if AIDS went airbourne or something and we were all going to die, when in fact the statistics show that at this current time, it’s far less lethal than the seasonal influenza.

The big thing about H1N1 is it hasn’t been around since the 70’s so anyone born after that doesn’t have any immunity to it.  This is why your immunization is important, to get some defense against it in case you do happen to get it.  It’s not going to kill you, but you’ll make your suffering a lot shorter (hopefully) by getting immunized.

But I think I’m probably preaching to the choir though.

.999… Equals 1

Posted by – October 15, 2009

While I’ve heard this before in many places, I’ve never had the interest in actually seeking out why or infact IF this was true.  At face value it really does seem to be wrong, because .9 repeating is just every so slightly less than 1.  However I’ve now been thouroughly convinced this is not true.

This made the whole argument click for me.

This made the whole argument click for me.

This was the most convincing proof for me, is located on the left.  However I strongly urge any nerds out there to read the small blog post I’ve linked to below as he goes over the problem in several ways that might help prove it to you too.

The concept of HOW it could equal one is still mind boggling but at least now I can confidently state that it in fact DOES.

I think this might also be a neat trick to freak people out, but then again maybe I’m nerding-out thinking people would be impressed by a mathematical proof.  Or maybe I’m just hanging out with all the right people.  I’ll take the latter.

Read the full post here