Once upon a time, I was a kid. And I loved to have fun. In fact, almost every week-end I would get a ride from my mom to my cousin’s house and we would play all day and have nothing but a good time.
My cousin’s dad (whom I love and is awesome) was big into homeopathy. He had probably hundreds of books on the topic and more homeopathic remedies than I could count. So, any time me or my cousin would show symptoms of being “under the weather”, my uncle would come along and give the affected one a few balls of homeopathic goodness.
I say goodness because those tiny white balls were tasty. They were like letting small sugar cubes melt under your tongue. And what kid doesn’t like sugar? I know I craved that sh*t.
But what about cold sores?
When I was a kid I also did get occasional cold sore outbreaks. And whenever I had one in the presence of my uncle, he’d take me by the arm and give me some homeopathic candy. Did they do any good? I never noticed any difference in healing times or symptom severity. I just liked the sweet taste and was otherwise too busy playing superheroes with my cousin to keep track.
As the adult I am now, I know that those little sugar pills didn’t do anything. And when I was researching remedies at the height of my recurrent outbreaks, I found that there are a heck of a lot of companies out there that sell them anyway, despite not having any supporting proof.
There are many, many reasons why homeopathy is BS. Just search around on google a bit and you’ll easily find well argued, scientifically backed articles that demonstrate not only that homeopathy is a hoax, but that a lot of the so called “research” that supports it is flawed and conveniently twists facts. Like Homeopathy and plausibility.
But there are two things about homeopathy that get to me. Two reasons that are baffling and make me wonder why anyone would choose it over clinically tested, scientifically proven remedies.
Number one: It defies many laws of physics and chemistry
Now I’m not an expert on homeopathy, I’ve got better things to do with my time. But from what I understand (and what many more informed individuals report), it’s based on the idea of water memory which essentially states that water can remember the shape of any molecule and retain its properties (a concept that has been disproven many times over).
So, what homeopathic companies do is take a small amount of healing compound and dilute it in water. After that, they dilute it to 1 percent of its original concentration. Then they do it again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And… you get the idea.
By the end, they’ve diluted it anywhere from 5 to one hundred times and that point, the laws that govern chemistry dictate that there is pretty much no active compound left in the dilution. And yet, we’re supposed to believe that this kind of remedy becomes more potent with each dilution? In other words, the less active compound is actually in the water, the more effective it is as a remedy?
Here’s a question: what’s wrong with just using the active compound? Why go through all the trouble of diluting it by multiple factors when you could just USE THE ACTIVE COMPOUND! It’s like saying that if you dim the lights really really really low at night, you’ll be able to see better. It’s stupid and not even a child will believe you, much less any credible scientist.
Number 2: It’s expensive as hell
But the worst part is that one month supply of homeopathic cold sore remedies can cost upward of 200$, depending on the company you buy it from. That’s like 10 tubes of Abreva, a product which by the way has been scientifically proven to work (unlike anything homeopathic).
There are so many better things you could be doing with that money to cure or prevent cold sores. Heck, spend that money on a day at the spa, that will reduce some stress and be a hell of a lot more enjoyable.
Homeopathy is the equivalent of pouring a bottle of beer in a lake and expecting that drinking the water in the lake will get you drunker than downing a 40oz bottle of Jack Daniels. Oh, and that “water” will cost you up to 10 times as much.
So please, please don’t fall for this crap. Start by getting a handle on your eating habits and getting your body in cold sore fighting shape. It’ll be a heck of a lot more effective and will cost you much less money.
Chris “the Cold Sore Killer” Mueller