10:23 Follow Up

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press appeared on Saturday about the successful 10:23 demonstration put on by The Winnipeg Skeptics, at which about a dozen people “overdosed” on homeopathic remedies.

Skeptics take overdoses of homeopathic remedies at demonstrations across Canada

WINNIPEG – Skeptics of homeopathic medicine have downed entire bottles of the remedies at demonstrations in several Canadian cities in an effort to prove the concoctions don’t work.

Gem Newman, who consumed a whole bottle of St. John’s Wort at an event in Winnipeg, says the capsules were mostly comprised of sugar and water and didn’t affect him.

According to the Homepathic Medical Council of Canada’s website, the active ingredients in homeopathic medications are taken in highly-diluted form to avoid toxicity.

But Newman says the product’s heath claims are unproven, and the doses are so small that they are useless.

Jonathan Abrams says about 40 people took part in a similar event in Ottawa.

Abrams says he consumed a bottle of a homeopathic medication that claimed it would help his sore throat, but he says his throat only felt worse.

The comments section provides a range of opinions;

You’d have to be pretty stupid to believe any of those “medications” work at all. Good on them to call them out publicly.


What an idiotic idea.

Some commenters confuse homeopathic remedies with herbal remedies, but this is part of the education campaign of 10:23.

So I will conclude with this note from a commenter.

Kudos to the skeptics!


4 thoughts on “10:23 Follow Up

  1. Just saw this comment in the FreeP article

    “IMO, the people who pulled this little media stunt are big pharma insiders out to discredit natural medicine. It’s all part of the plan to remove natural products from the shelves. ”

    Hmm, have you gotten your check yet Gem?

    1. Honestly, I was excited to finally be called a shill for Big Pharma, because that was one of the few spaces on my Ad Hominem BINGO card that hadn’t been stamped yet! (Frequently stamped spaces include my religious beliefs, my age, my occupation, and even my skin colour.)

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