Win $1 million if you can prove homeopathy works

A possible pharmacy homeopathy label suggested by Le Canard Noir

This weekend has seen the “10-23 challenge” occur, where science advocates worldwide are “overdosing” on homeopathic products, to demonstrate that they contain no active ingredients and have no therapeutic effects. This builds on last year’s event in the UK and Australia, which was a success: absolutely nothing happened to any participant. This year, overdoses have taken place across Canada and around the world. As part of the challenge, this weekend James Randi reiterated a promise to pay $1 million to anyone that can prove homeopathy works. Here’s some excerpts from that announcement, where he points to pharmacies as being part of the problem:

Most homeopathic remedies have no active ingredients whatsoever. Even though they’re sold by major pharmacies, right alongside real medicines, every reputable medical study of these fake drugs has shown them to have no more effect than sugar pills or pure water. Homeopathy is one of the biggest health scams in America, and it’s a problem around the world.

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Pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS, and a lot of other major retailers are silent accomplices in this scam, profiting by keeping unsuspecting customers in the dark. They sell these fake pills right alongside real medicines with no warning or information about the bogus ideas behind homeopathy. They simply don’t care. But consumers know the facts about homeopathic products, they can avoid them. But ever day, parents of sick children are coming home from their pharmacy with fake medicine, and leaving their children in distress, because these manufacturers and these stores don’t want consumers to know the truth.

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Customers are paying real money for fake medicine that leaves innocent people sick and suffering. This has to stop. Today, the James Randi Educational Foundation is issuing a challenge to the manufacturers and a challenge to the retail stores that make money hawking these products.

First, to the manufacturers and practitioners, we challenge you to prove your claims. Prove the scientific studies are wrong. Win back your reputation, and while you’re at it, win $1 million dollars, for you or the charity of your choice. Submit your product for a double-blind, scientifically controlled test and show that a so-called high potency homeopathy remedy, diluted in water until there’s no more of the active ingredient present, is any better at treating any health problem, than just plain water that it’s based on. The scientific protocol will be designed by you and supervised by reputable scientists, all of which you approve of. And if you can prove your remedy works according to homeopathic principles, the James Randi Educational Foundation will give you $1 million dollars.

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Second, to the pharmacies and retail stores like CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Target, and Wal-Mart, we challenge you to label it for what it really is. Your consumers have the right to know what they’re buying. No customer of yours should ever walk out the door with a homeopathic product without knowing these basic facts:

  1. There is no evidence this product does what it says it does
  2. There is not one bit, not a single atom, of the claimed “active ingredient” in this package
  3. No U.S. health agency has ever tested or approved this product

The full announcement is here:

Most readers of SBP will know that the regulatory situation is slightly different in Canada, where Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate does approve homeopathic products for sale.  I’ve described the differences in the regulatory frameworks for homeopathy previously, and the implications for consumers and health professionals.The challenge has no borders, however, so since approved homeopathic products are deemed “safe and effective” by Health Canada, perhaps someone from Health Canada will step forward to claim Randi’s million dollars.

11 thoughts on “Win $1 million if you can prove homeopathy works

  1. venkatesh says:

    HELLO,

    I , MYSELF IS A HOMOEOPATHY PRACTITIONER AT BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA.
    I CHALLENGE YOU THAT HOMOEOPATHY IS MOST RFFECTIVE HOLISTIC NATURAL TREATMENT WITHOUT ANY SIDE EFFECTS WHAT SO EVER.
    MY FATHER IS 86 YRS OLD,DIABETIC & HEART PATIENT SINCE 30YRS. HE WAS SUFFERING FROM SEVERE ASTHAMA AND WAS TO BE HOSPITALISED IN EVERY WINTER DUE TO SEVERE COUGH & COLD & BREATHING DIFFICULTY. HE WAS RELUCTENT TO TRY HOMOEOPATHY, THINKING HIS IS SERIOUS HEALTH CONDITION , EVEN HOMOEOPATHY ALSO CAN NOT HELP HIM. HOWEVER , I CONVINCED HIM AND MYSELF TREATED HIM WITH HOMOEO MEDICINES CONTINIUOSLY FOR 3 YRS , NOW EVEN AT THIS AGE HE IS FREE FROM ASTHAMA AND HIS DIABETES ALSO UNDER CONTROL. HE IS VERY HAPPY AND INSIST FOR ONLY HOMOEO MEDICINES.

    LIKE THIS I HAVE MANY CASES TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT MANY CASES LIKE SINUSITIS, THROAT PAIN, TONSILITIS, ULCER, GAS , R A , BP IS TREATED AND 90% CASES CURED EVEN !

    HOW HOMOEOPATHY WORKS?

    TO TEST PLEASE FOLLOW STRICTLY THE FOLLOWING PROCEEDURES :-
    PERSON WHO IS DISEASED – SHOULD FIRST KEEP HIM FROM TOTAL ALCHOHAL FREE, NO SMOKING, NO ALCHOHOL DRINKS, LIMITED NON-VEG CONSUMPTION, NO COFFEE AND FIRST HE OR SHE SHOULD BE CLEANSED HIS/HER BODY FROM TOXIINES AND FEW MORE DESCIPLINARY MEASURES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED BEFORE ADMINISTERING HOMOEO MEDICINES.

    PLEASE NOTE – NATURE IS GOD , GOD IS NATURE. RESPECT THE NATURE AND HAVE FULL FAITH IN NATURE CURE AND THEN TAKE NATURAL REMEDIES. THEN SEE HOW MIRACLES HAPPENS! POLLUTING YOUR BODY FROM ALL SORTS OF TOXIC MEDICINES AND JUNK FOODS, BAD LIFE STYLE, HOW YOU CAN EXPECT NATURE CAN HELP YOU?

    SCIENCE IS NOTHING BUT HIIDEN KNOWLEDGE IN UNIVERSAL POWER, WHICH HUMAN HAVE EXPLORED. UNVERSE ITSELF IS DIVINE POWER.

    YOUR SCIENTIFIC MEDICINES , CAN IT CURE EVEN ORDINERY COLD, ASTHAMA? CAN IT PREVENT HEAR ATTACK? SCIENCE CANNOT CURE TYPE-1 DIABETES !

    YES SCIENCE IS GOOD TO KNOW WHAT IS WHAT, BUT NOT PANECEA FOR ALL. ONE SHOULD SURRENDER , RESPECT AND HAVE STRONG FAITH N GOD AND UNIVERSAL POWER, THEN ONLY YOU WILL BE BLESSED.

    LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST – ANY DISEASE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED TO PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND CAUSEL ASPECTS OF ALL HUMAN’S. THAT MEANS HOLISTIC NATURAL APPROACH, SURELY ANYONE WILL BE REWARDED WITH GOOD HEALTH.

    TEST AS PER MY ADVICE AND PLEASE TELL ME WETHER HOMOEOPATHY IS EFFECTIVE OR NOT?

    VENKATESH,
    BANGALORE
    INDIA

  2. Sunil says:

    Hello, If you want to challenge with some disease to cure by Homoeopathy let me know what are your problems. Take Homoeopahty treatment from me. I assure you definately I will cure you by homoeopahtic medicines.

  3. loudsnorer says:

    Thank you so much for writing this. I am a pharmacist (and pharmacologist) who used to work under those big banner stores. I feel ashamed that these products are allowed to be sold in pharmacies at all. Unfortunately, many of the decisions on selecting product lines are made by misinformed, profit-driven business person who don’t even have science background. The least we can do as pharmacists, is not to recommend these products and whenever possible, discourage their use.

    When evidence-based medicine is becoming increasingly important, the efficacies and benefits of many “mainstream” drugs are being questioned/re-evaluated. I think homeopathic products should be subject to the same scrutiny (Why not?) Evidence for their use should not be based on testimonies. I think if a product is claimed to be effective, it should at least work in the majority of people, not just a small number of patients treated by specific practitioners.

    Having said that, I think consumers should be given the choice of using these products if they so desire, as long as they are informed about the evidence. Is it based on testimony? is it based on practitioner’s experience? Is it based on principle/lab experience/hypothesis rather than clinical practice? Also, beware of those products that quarantee success.

  4. venkatesh says:

    what type of evidence you need?
    if any patient got rid-off his health problem , that itself is more authentic proof.

    in spite-off scientific advancement , medical science could not prevent diabetes epedimic menace, can not save human life, present treatment is full of side effects ! still you want scientific proof of natural medicines capability? people were not healthy about 60 yrs back? was there hi-fi hospitals, so much qualificatins requirements?

    obey the law of nature, nature is god, god is nature. nature will protect you if you obey and respect it.

    do not bend upon scientific evidence for all nature cure actions. thanks

  5. Saptarshi Bandopadhyya says:

    I am a homoeopathic practioner of West Bengal .
    It pains me when i see so many peoples are blunderring with intelligence…. Science is not out of the world …. science is not out of the nature ….. that is science which helps us to understand our environments and every phenomena in the nature better and better and better …. but it never completes….. it just getting better.

    in crude sense … i earn by bread for my family through homoeopathy ….. my life is not a campaign of few months or years to prove homoeopathy right or wrong…….. this type of similar propaganda in websites also poluted my mind in my student days …. i was 1st year student …… i asked my Materia Professor ….. and he sent me to prove drugs ….. i went through bland diet , i went through simple and calm life for drug prooving ….. and the result was remarkable ….. i showed up symptoms ….Drug Prooving officer wrote down the symptoms and told me to discontinue the medicine and all symptoms disappeared within 3 days …. and after that i proved more drugs in my college ……. it makes me feel proud …. Hahnemann proved 90 drugs alone !! i am only 3 ….. still this is the only system of Medicine in which we test the curative property of the drug by proving on healthy human beings … NOT ON RATS .

    i do not need 1Million Dollar ….. homoeopathy also tought me to live simpler…. and i also do not dare to convince you people about the effectiveness of Homoeopathy …….. because Homoeopathy also tought me prejudiction is the most solid form of ignorance ….. and when intelligent peoples are prejudiced …… they are pathetic.

    Then why i am commenting !! yes …that is for Drea Mr. Venkatesh …. as he said …he is also a practitioner i can feel how much he has been hurt…….. for him ….. i must say … Pranam …. friend … we have Baryta Carb for fools ….. but no remedy of IGNORANCE ……. LET GOD BLESS THEM….. that is the only cure.

  6. Irfan Shabooti says:

    I am a pharmacist since 11 years ago / i start study homeopathic medicine in 2008 , have family history with homeopathy ( the science of future) you need or no all wordwide after third war they dealing with this scienc you only stay soon .
    If you have any patient suffer from ( M.I. . Angina Pect. , slipe disc, H.Zoster, pralysis any case, cerebral stroke) i am can cure them if need challenge me , i can prove to you how homeopathic its true scienc.
    My E-mail : dr.irfanhomeopath @yahoo.com
    E-mail : homeopath.irfan@gmail.com
    Mobile : 00967734584731

    • VENKATESH CS says:

      kudos to mr irfan,

      i agree with you. there is no disease it cannot be cured, it is only man cannot be cured, because disease is not created by god, it is man who acquired it by his faulty living, against law of nature. hence he is punished by the nature.
      since ancient time natural herbal extracts are used as medicines, it is more than 5000 years old, there are records and evidences about it. your manmade science was not in existance earlier, now only you are exploring what our ancient saints / rishis already practiced. even your modern medicines, more than 30% , are made from plant kingdom, pharmicist claim it as scientific , but same way natural medicines prepared under homoeopathy phylosophy, you say it is unscientific ! and u want proof of its efficacy.
      your scientific medicines you are well aware it has dangerous side effects and killed many patients, and it cannot cure asthama, leucoderma, cannot prevent heart attack, cancer, diabetes,

      where as homoeopathy absolutely have no such side-effects, if you follow strictly homoeopaths advice and with full faith you can get cured many diseases.

      EXAMPLE – MY FATHER IS 88 YRS NOW, HAVE HEART PROBLEM, DIABETES. ABOUT 2 MONTHS BACK HE WAS ADMITTED TO HI-FI HOSPITAL DUE TO SEVERE RESPIRATORY
      INFECTION, HIS HEART IS WEAK HAD 3 HEART ATTACKS. THIS TIME HE WAS IN I C U , SPECIALIST DOCTORS DECLARED HIS HEART IS NOT FUNCTIONING, NO USE IN KEEPING IN HOSPITAL THEY SAID AND DISCHARGED HIM BY KEEPING FOR 3 DAYS.

      HE HAS TREMEDROUS FAITH ON OUR HOMOE MEDICINES AND I GAVE HIM HOMOEO MEDICINES FOR SEVERE INFECTION, HE RECOVERED ! DOCTORS SAID IT IS ONLY QUESTION OF ONE OR 2 DAYS FOR HIS SURVIVEL , BUT NOW 3 MONTHS OVER , HE IS TAKING HOMOEO MEDICINES ALONG WITH VERY LIMITED VERY ESSENTIAL ALLOPATHIC MEDINE , HE IS FEELING BETTER AND OVERCAME THAT ANXIOUS MOMENTS.

      WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT IT?
      HATS-OFF TO HOMOEOPTHY.

      TRUST, FAITH , BELIEF, HONESTY IS MORE IMPORTANT PANACEA FOR CURE.

      THOSE IMMERSED IN GREED AND COMMERCIAL GAINS DO NOT BELIEVE. BY HOOK OR CROOK MAKE MONEY AT THE COST OF HUMAN LIFE IS THE PRESENT TREND.

      NUMEROUS EVIDENCES YOU WILL FIND IF YOU EXPLORE IT.

      IS IT NOT TRUE?

      VENKATESH CS
      HOMOEOPATH
      BANGALORE

  7. Percy Bauri says:

    I agree with Venkatesh CS of Bangalore, India, that Homeopathy medication can cure most of the illinesses that we have. I am also agree with him that one has to celeanse oneself of certain impurites of life such as: alcohol, tabacco, drugs etc before being treated with Homeopathy medications.

    Venkatesh, I would like to communicate with you on certain Homeopathy matters. I would appreciate if will write to me on my e-mail address at: pbauri@rogers.com
    Percy Bauri

    • VENKATESH CS says:

      Thanks percy bauri,

      for your information i am not taking allopathic medicines for each and every health problems wether it is accute or chronic cases. i am getting rid-off any complications by using natural alternative holistic medicines. not only that who are all have trust and faith on natural medicines and following my advice, are also able to reduce their dependency on powerful toxic scientific medicines.

      modern medicines no doubt useful for emergencies and to save life instantly, but can not cure any disease.

      recently in my family , my close relatives who are all develeped type-2 diabetes and were completely dependent on modern medicines and scientific treatments alone, died ! where as myself with type-2 diabetes since 6 yrs , able to control very well without powerful allopathy and able to take almost all food of my choice.
      natural medicines are very good and helping me very much without any side effects.

      cs venkatesh

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