Multiple Hospitalized Following Homeopathic Conference
Homeopathic Conference Attendees “Suffered Multiple Overdose”
Police in Handeloh are saying that 29 women and men who attended a Homeopathic Conference last Friday may have overdosed on the hallucinogenic drug 2C-E, an illegal substance which saw dozens reportedly hospitalized.
Individuals were “staggering around, rolling in a meadow, talking gibberish, suffering severe cramps, and having convulsions,” according to one local reporter.
2C-E, also known as ‘aquarust’ belonging to the phenethylamine-family of substances has been banned in Germany since 2014 for its pharmacodynamic properties which mimic LSD.
So far no one knows whether or not the hospitalized conference attendees partook of the substance intentionally or accidentally, though police are investigating the possibility of foul play.
Over 150 emergency services personnel arrived on the scene to treat patients with symptoms ranging from delusions to respiratory and cardiac complaints. Some were in serious condition, though all are reported now to be in recovery.
Controversy of Homeopathic Practice
Homeopathy is the controversial belief that the greater a substance is diluted in water, the more it is allegedly effective as a ‘medicine’, as it is believed that water ‘remembers’ what was in it previously, called “the law of infinitesimals.”
To better explain, “Taking a single drop of caffeine and diluting in ninety-nine drops of water creates what is known to homeopaths as one ‘centesimal’. One drop of this centesimal added to another ninety-nine drops of water produces a two-centesimal, written as 2C. This 2C caffeine potion is 99.99% water and just 0.01% caffeine. At 3C the dilution is 0.0001% caffeine, at 4C it’s 0.000001% caffeine, and so on. Homeopathic remedies are commonly sold at 6C (0.000 000 000 1%) and even 30C (0.000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 1%) dilutions, which homeopaths will often drip onto balls of sugar.”
Homeopaths have been criticized and parodied for decades for the practice of using pure water to treat severe illnesses. A study published in The Lancet details that those clinical few who derive benefits from homeopathy seem to also have high responses to the placebo effect which in itself, should not be discredited as a benefit. While it was grandfathered into early FDA regulations, no viable evidence exists of the practical efficacy of homeopathy in complimentary alternative medicine.
The Association of German Healing Practitioners were quick to distance themselves from the event, after homeopaths were forced to resort to ‘allopathic’ or ‘western medicine’ for relief during the emergency. One spokesperson revealed, “Unfortunately, the conference in Handeloh has severely damaged the image of the alternative medicine profession…and we have clarified that such acts are not in the spirit of natural therapy, and contradict our values both morally and legally.”
Police say that if the conference attendees partook of the drug intentionally, they could face misdemeanor charges and be fined up to tens of thousands of Euros to cover costs of the rescue operation.
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