Tag: Science

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.

Swine Flu: Overhyped Bullshit?

Posted by – May 26, 2009

Swine Flu Diagram

Swine Flu Diagram

The title of this one is so much like a Fox News headline it almost annoys me.  However I thought I’d post my thoughts on the swine flu, as I had ranted (at the  request of a friend) on my thoughts of the current swine flu “epidemic”.

This was written awhile ago, as I think most of the hype has worn off, but I still thought it relevant enough to post on it.  So here it is, mostly unedited except to make it a bit more cohesive in this setting:

I think the swine flu is an overblown threat and the only people that seem to have to fear it are those in third world countries or those without adequate health care services available to them.

Many people forget that yearly in the US 200,000 people tend to get sick and it kills 36,000 people. This is a substantial sum, and so far seems to be a lot more of a health-risk at this point than the swine flu.

However, since it makes good news, and causes people to buy papers or tune into TV programs who mention the outbreak it’s going to remain a hot-button topic until people realize that it’s not something worth freaking out about. For the meantime, my wife will continue to sell face masks like crazy from the pharmacy where she works (Been sold out for weeks). People are asking how many antibiotics they have, and whether they think they’re going to rush out, and whether they’ll dispense them without prescriptions. People are insane.

The fact is maybe this will act as a wake-up call and people will start to rethink just how much we use antibiotics both on ourselves for everyday things and how many drugs we feed livestock.

We feed crazy amounts of drugs to livestock, I’ve heard up to 70% of all antibiotics produced in the US go towards livestock feeds to cause them to get sick less, and grow fatter.  This eventually leads to drug immunities and crazy viruses such as this H1N1 flu.

People are also abusing antibiotics and the bacteria and germs are getting immunity way faster than we can produce more antibiotic drugs. We’re getting to the point where a flu epidemic could wipe out a significant portion of the planet, but in my opinion the swine flu isn’t it. It’s more than likely one of the warning signs people will write about and discuss after 3/4 of the planet dies from some plague a few decades (or longer) from now.

Of course this could possibly change if the virus mutates and becomes incredibly contagious and then congests hospitals etc.  But I’ve seen no evidence of this yet, and provided you have adequate health care as I’ve stated above, you’ll be fine.

For the most part, I really think I hit the nail on the head, but of course I do, it’s my words.  And despite all this time to see how things develop I still think it holds.

What do you guys think?  Am I being reasonable or am I not being cautious enough?

I Love PBS’s Nova TV Series

Posted by – November 13, 2008

For those of you who have never heard of the science-based show that airs on PBS, Nova is the end-all of all science shows.  I’ve known about it for years, and even watched several as a kid but didn’t start really appreciating it until about a year or two ago.

Nova's Logo

Nova's Logo: A Symbol for Quality Science Television

I think the reason why I’m drawn to it so much, is the fact that they give you a lot of information, perhaps too much at times, but they do so without a bias.  I think I really fell in love with Nova when I saw their episode on “Judgement Day: Intelligent Design on Trial“.  I had just started to really begin getting into Religious Studies, watching the Atheist Experience every Monday before work.  This episode was right up my alley, and was more than a great test for bias in ideaology, scientific method and investigation or dogma and ignorance.

When it first started, and they discussed Intelligent Design, they made it seem like Dogma (which is is) but they didn’t counter any of the arguments, although it would have been easy.  I began to question the nondiscriminatory unbiased nature of the show I had come to expect, but decided to stick it out as I was curious if maybe I was on the wrong side of the fence on the issue and could learn a thing or two (in case I was being the one who was bias).  In the end though after 30-45 minutes or so, they began to expose all the flaws that really broke the failed hypothesis of Intelligent Design (Most of which were in the courtroom as to remain on topic as you could devote a lifetime to debunking Intelligent Design and it’s genre of false science).  My ‘faith’ in the show was restored.

This was a serious turning point for me, as I started an automatic recording of the show on my DVR.  I’ve seen every episode since the November showing.  Everything from Fractal mathematics to Bose-Einstein Condensates.  I owe a lot to this show in just this small amount of time.  The best part being that it’s on PBS a Non-profit Broadcasting network, who accepts donations!  Unfortunately I haven’t had any spare cash to donate as of yet, mostly because my life is in a bit of a bind with me trying to figure out my overall goal in life, and trips to see my wife’s family but this is another story.

If you haven’t seen the show, or for whatever reason you haven’t been watching it as religiously as I have, I urge you to pick it up.  You can even watch their shows online if you can’t get them on TV and I’m sure you can get torrents of them (which I may do to see back-episodes).

There is so much about this show that I enjoy that I know I’m rambling quite chaotically.  For insatnce during the show on Hugh Everett‘s son called “Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives” they talk about how Mark Everett has all these boxes in his basement with his father’s things he’s never gone through.  They show them digging through some boxes, and on the bottom right, they invite you to view some original documents by visiting PBS.org which I’ve linked to here.

Nova is a great way to gain at least a basic knowledge of almost any topic.  They give you the tools and instructions to increase your knowledge on said topic, if you feel you want to, and its non-profit and seemingly unbiased.  I can’t think of anything better.  Good job guys, keep up the good work.

Also, don’t be afraid to search for Nova on Google Video, for some great stuff!