Something to sneeze at

You probably already know what I think about homeopathy:

To test [it] yourself, dump a teaspoon of the stuff into Lake Itasca, at the headwaters of the Mississippi River, and then wait for it to show up in New Orleans.

Target is apparently selling a homeopathic asthma remedy for $16; it looks like an emergency inhaler, but of course it isn’t. I haven’t seen this at my local store, but then I tend to stay away from aisles containing weird-looking products: rice cakes, kitchen accessories, Barbie.

It’s not illegal to sell this stuff, and I’m not about to urge that it should be; but I suggest a minor rebranding. Target should continue to sell it, in a variant of its current packaging — as a specific treatment for use when the inside of your nose is on fire. This is admittedly a highly specialized use, but hey, how often are you going to have to spend $16 for that?

(Roberta X posted a link to this on her Facebook wall; Tam expressed the hope that “they don’t charge more for the dehydrated form.”)


  1. Charles Pergiel »

    17 January 2014 · 1:27 pm

    Oh, ye of little faith. BELIEVE and you will be HEALED! Isn’t that how it goes?

  2. CGHill »

    17 January 2014 · 2:36 pm

    That’s how the placebo effect works, anyway.

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