So a while ago I made this video on homeopathy in which I downed a “fatal” dose of homeopathic sleeping pills (spoiler alert: I lived. I didn’t even get drowsy).
So this weekend I made this video, but plot twist… the demo? A little different.
I have mentioned before that I’m a non-drinker, right?
To give you the longer back story, I found out quite accidentally that they had these remedies when poor Buddy had tapeworms and my vet told me over the phone which remedy to pick up at Petco. I was quite surprised that they had treatment at Petco, but it saved me a vet’s visit, it worked, and Buddy is feeling better. It was also right after the first homeopathy video hit big, so this really wasn’t my plan to become a one trick pony.
But I really thought that the homeopathic remedies were just for things like colds and insomnia and stuff that you were going to get over on your own. Then I saw a pet de-wormer and it broke my heart because this is for a suffering animal. This is not going to help the animal get better. The animal is just going to suffer for longer while the human thinks they’re helping by not subjecting their beloved pet to “evil chemicals.”
And eventually, they’ll end up buying the real stuff and they’ve wasted their money on the homeopathic treatment that didn’t work.
I did initially send back and forth- over the matter of several weeks- many emails with Petco. Eventually they shunted me over to Homeopet because they decided that they were just going to trust the company. Here is what Homeopet said:
Your post deserves a reply on a number of levels. As a chemist I’m sure you would wish to correct the inaccuracies in your Facebook post.
Firstly, Yvette you say incorrectly that all homeopathics have no chemical element. Not true, and definitely not true in the case of HomeoPet’s WRM Clear as it is a 3x – a dilution of 1:1000. What this achieves is reduce the toxicity of the active ingredients to very safe levels, you may be interested to know that hormones such as oxytocin and oestrogen are now realised to be biologically active at dilutions around 11x (1:100,000,000,000) to 12x in homoeopathic terms, dilutions which used to be considered impossible for biological activity! Even taking this aside Yvette you imply that homeopathics are dangerous, and have no effect above placebo, yet there is plenty of scientific research to refute this, you might consider broadening your research by looking at the 839 Veterinary Peer Reviewed, the 144 Veterinary related Invitro and the 490 Non-peer Reviewed Veterinary, as well many other papers at www.homeopathicvet.org showing definitively homeopathy has far more than a placebo effect. Much of this evidence does not find its way into main stream journals, who are fearful of sponsorship loss should they publish such evidence.
You point out that unlike others, “I’m fortunate enough that I know how to read these labels carefully when Buddy is sick, but not everyone is”. “These pets deserve better than sugar pills”. Might I respectfully point out that that HomeoPet WRM Clear is a liquid not a sugar pill.
There are many pets coming into my practise that have serious adverse reactions to chemical treatments, (please put in “adverse reactions to chemical wormers” into your research interface) from vomiting and diarrhoea to much more serious liver issues or obstruction from large numbers of chemically killed worms and these animals, more than any other, benefit hugely from a safe non toxic homeopathic medicine like HomeoPet WRM Clear. This does not mean that I am advocating against the use of chemical wormers (indeed I use both in my practice) – they are effective, but can come with side effects! This point you have failed to present in your attack on natural alternatives when saying pets deserve better! Have your readers been informed that many wormers that are on sale in the US have been banned in Europe due to side effects? That a base component in some of them has been directly connected to the declining population of bees?
As a chemist you will appreciate that the use of any drug, natural or otherwise, can effect patients differently. Should an animal not respond positively to a treatment then the sensible thing to do it to reassess the patient. You will kow that on all HomeoPet packaging (as you will have read on both box and bottle) it is clearly stated that should the patient not respond to treatment or if you are in any doubt you should contact your vet.
“Contact your vet should problem persist”. If this is perfectly acceptable for chemicals why not natural alternatives, surely the same rules apply?
Might I add that I have seen animals (and humans) dreadfully debilitated from chemical use, thankfully I have yet to experience a single example of the same attributed to the use of HomeoPet products. Indeed I have daily contact with many owners whose pets have benefited greatly from safe, gentle and effective homeopathic treatment.
Tom Farrington MVB MRCVS VetMFHom
Oh. It’s not a sugar pill because it’s water based. And the pills are bad because they kill worms.
I did try sending them some polite emails.
So when I prepped to make this video, I went to pick up the homeopathic dewormer and looked around to see what else there was. I was really shocked to find “Good Dog,” a treatment to calm down the dog. I was horrified that the “inactive” ingredient was 13% alcohol. Inactive? Don’t these people know that alcohol is a drug?
Then again, they don’t science very well.
One of the ingredients in the de-wormer, and in most of Homeopet’s products, is arsenicum alb, or arsenic. Now as with most homeopathic preparations, it is probably diluted to the point where there is no active ingredient left. However… we don’t know how much there is. Unlike regular medications we can’t look at the bottle and read the number of milligrams. And if it’s done via dilution, there’s a chance they can mess up. It’s happened before with disastrous results.
And that’s the point. All regular medications have to list the amount of the medication on the bottle in English for you to read it. Homeopathy lists their ingredients in Latin and lists it by the dilution. Why aren’t they listing them by the milligrams and in English? Don’t your animals- and you- deserve that?
I’m asking you, #shillarmy, for your support. Please forward this video onto Petco’s Facebook site and tweet them (Facebook.com/PETCO, and twitter @petco). Remember, #DemandTheDosage. Buddy the #ScienceDog and all of your pups deserve way better.