Today’s 10:23 event organised by the Merseyside Skeptics Society and reproduced across Britain, saw skeptics gather outside several Boots stores and pop “entire bottles” of homeopathic remedies.
The attempted mass overdose is aimed at puncturing the pseudo-science surrounding homeopathy, which often trades on ambiguities to make it sound as if various pills and solutions are chemically potent in a way which is kookily analogous to regular, tested and approved medicines.
Homeopaths have been quick to protest that they wouldn’t expect any overdose effect from their solutions. Nevertheless homeopathic products are often sold in a way which apes regular medicine. In a Youtube video from the Leicester overdose, on man proclaims as he reads from the pill box: “Maximum of twenty in a day – and I’ve just had eighty-four!”
Please note: You can overdose on water so do not take lots of homeopathic substances each diluted in vast quantities of water. Do not attempt to prove or disprove the efficacy of any unusual substance, prescription or over-the-counter drug by overdosing on it. Always know exactly what you are putting in your mouth!