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Bet you can’t guess how this turns out.
Warning: This video contains instances of language that may be NSFW.
The U.S. homeopathy industry enjoyed sales of more than $6 billion in 2013—which is pretty astonishing given that homeopathic medicines do nothing. Literally nothing. Using the pseudoscientific notion of “water memory,” the remedies are diluted to the point where none of the original active ingredient remains.
Homeopathic remedies are, despite their claims, sugar pills in all but name—as Yvette from YouTube channel Science Babe TV proved by attempting to “overdose” on a homeopathic sleeping aid in a new video. “I want to remind you that there’s more actual drug in the form of caffeine in the diet coke I’m drinking than there is in this bottle [of medicine],” Yvette says as she downs 50 or so of the pills.
Lo and behold: Nothing happens. Ninety minutes later, Yvette is still awake, albeit bored.
The video is trying to promote a petition pressuring pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid to stop stocking homeopathic remedies alongside products supported by the mainstream scientific establishment. Because, as Yvette exclaims time and time again, homeopathy’s convoluted explanations and fancy ingredient lists translate into one simple thing: “No fucking medicine.”
Screengrab via Science Babe TV/YouTube | Remix by Rob Price
Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.