Posted by: Rob T | September 13, 2009

Watch a homeopathic remedy be made

Crispian Jago has posted on his blog a 7-minute video where he creates a homeopathic remedy for his own urine.  The starting point is some of his own freshly acquired urine (we assume – he discreetly closes the doors while he gets the sample), and the end result is a “30-C” homeopathic remedy, which he promptly drinks.

If you’d like to see it — and it’s very educational for anyone unclear on exactly what homeopathy is — head over to Crispian’s blog at http://crispian-jago.blogspot.com/2009/09/if-homeopathy-works-ill-drink-my-own.html

To save you some time, though, what he does (and what the homeopaths do) is to dilute the solution 1:100 with each “C”, so by the end of the experiment, the urine-to-water ratio would be:

1 : 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,…

…000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 10^60 – I had to wrap the line to not mess up the style of the blog.)

To give some perspective to that ridiculously large number, there are roughly 10^50 atoms on (and in) the earth.  So if you drank 10^10 (or 10,000,000,000) Earths of water (not just the water on those 10 billion earths, but convert everything – crust, core, everything – to water and drink it all), you would drink ONLY ONE ATOM of urine*

* – I know, we should be doing one MOLECULE, since there’s no such thing as an “atom” of urine, but that’s not the point…  Even just to get one of the atoms that was in the original urine, you’d need to drink 10-billions earthfulls of water.

Put another way (if all my math is right)…  You’d need a giant ball, roughly 17,000,000 miles in diameter, full of water, for there to be one atom from the original urine.

A 30-C toast to Phil Plait and Skepticality‘s Derek Colanduno for the tip.

..Rob T.

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Responses

  1. This is Great! I think it would be hard to outdo such a demonstration, unless one used a poison to an efficient dilution.

  2. Actually it’s neither one atom nor one molecule of urine because urine’s not a pure substance but a mixture of inorganic salts, proteins, hormones, … which of course makes the homeopaths’ theory of potentisation even less plausible as a lot of the original substances they use are mixtures, too.


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