Homeopathy won’t cure Flint’s Lead Poisoning problem.
In an undated post from January, 2016 Jerry Kantor wrote that homeopathy can help treat the victims of Flint Michigan’s lead polluted water, stating:
A small number of remedies are at hand that on an emergency basis and on a public health scale, can beneficially be prescribed for the children of Flint. Compelling among these would be Alumina, Causticum and a “like to cure like” dilution of the self-same toxic agent, namely lead. This produces the remedy, Plumbum. When given early enough on (and when the picture fits) Plumbum prompts the body’s immune system to repudiate neurological damage.
Needless to say this is pure rubbish. Using lead, even a dilute amount of lead, to cure the symptoms of lead poisoning is a bad, dangerous and unethical idea.
Suffice it to say that homeopathy can’t treat lead poisoning.
Kantor promoted his idea on Twitter, which is how it came to me. Thankfully Kantor only has a handful of followers, which makes me vaguely worried that by writing this blog post I’d give him more exposure, but in the end I feel that this dangerous idea needs to be addressed. His tweet:
— Jerry Kantor (@medintegration) February 2, 2016
Note that you have to actually follow the link and read the article to see that he’s recommending lead be used to treat lead poisoning.
Let’s be clear here. Homeopathy doesn’t work. The only thing it could treat is dehydration. Homeopathy works by taking a substance and diluting it in water, usually to such a degree that there is a very low probability that a single atom of the original curative substance is present in the final dose of water.
The “like cures like” hypothesis works like this: a substance in large quantities causes a medical condition. That same substance, when diluted in water, will cure that solution. The actual mechanism by which this occurs has eluded scientists and homeopaths alike for centuries which should be an indication of how scientifically ludicrous it is.
Therefore using the homeopathy remedy of plumbum (which is itself the latin word for lead) would be giving an individual who has lead poisoning a solution that, depending on how much it is diluted, either no lead or a very minimal amount of lead with the hope of curing the toxic effects of lead exposure.
This is in direct opposition to the CDC who states that quite frankly there is no safe level of lead. Even at homeopathic levels (assuming a single lead atom is present), there is no safe level of lead.
Don’t feed your child lead. Ever.
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