I've been hearing commercials on the radio here in Tampa for an ear ache drop called Similasan. The commercial mentions that Similasan is a homeopathic drug, which kicked off my alarm bells. When I found the website, Similasan is the name of the line of homeopathic 'drugs' marketed at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Target, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid pharmacy, Eckerd, Safeway, Kroger, Albertsons, Longs Drugs, OscoDrug, Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats Natural Marketplace. Before I e-mail these companies, my local politicians and the Florida Department of Health, I wanted to run my math by you guys and gals to see if I did it right. (Anything copied from their website has only had the formatting changed for readibility in this post.)
On this page the Similasan Earache Relief, has the following active ingredients.
Here is what they say about these ingredients.Drug Facts
Active Ingredients - Purpose
Chamomilla 10x - calmative, pain reliever
Mercurius solubilis 15x - anti-inflammatory
Sulphur 12x - pain reliever, anti-itch
Chamomilla is found in Similasan Earache Relief ear drops. Relieves ear pain while calming and soothing. Works especially well for patients who appear anxious and frantic, and who complain their ears feel clogged. (plant-based)Sulphur (elemental sulphur) is found in Similasan Earache Relief ear drops. Indicated for pain, itching, and ringing in the ear. Elemental sulphur—a mineral found in nature—represents about 0.25% of the human body weight and is not considered allergenic. This ingredient should not be confused with common allergens such as sulfonamides and sulfites found in many prescription drugs and other products.The pdf on Mercurius Solubilis referred above, which should tip off people that this is not an effective cure.Mercurius Solubilis (also known as Quicksilver or Mercurius Vivus) is found in Similasan Earache Relief ear drops, and addresses inflammation and pain of the inner ear. This form of mercurius is non-toxic. Click here to read more information about homeopathic Mercurius solubilis. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required.)
Similasan Products & Diluted Mercury as Active Ingredient
Similasan Dry Eye Relief and Similasan Earache Relief do contain an extremely safe
microdilution of inorganic mercury.
- Homeopathic dosages are highly diluted and applied “topically”. The remedies are
not swallowed or inhaled, which are the primary means of toxic build up.
- Homeopathy is regulated by the FDA, unlike herbal products. This means these
Similasan products have been determined “safe and effective” by the FDA.
- Mercurius solubilis (found in Earache Relief @ 15X) Mercurius Sublimatus (found in
Dry Eye Relief @ 6X) are inorganic forms of mercury and the safest of the three
types of mercury, which are listed below:
- Inorganic (used in the two Similasan products) = least ability to cause
toxicity or build up, because it is poorly absorbed by human skin and
- Organic = found in fish and can accumulate in the body. Usually spread in
the atmosphere by power plants. This ingestion or inhalation is the primary
cause of mercury poisoning in the U.S.
- Elemental Mercury = Slippery metallic material we see in thermometers.
Passes through the body if ingested.
- The inorganic mercury found in Similasan products is so miniscule that it would be
virtually impossible to build up to toxic levels in the body, even with regular use:
- You would have to apply 512 billion doses* of Similasan Earache Relief ear
drops to equal the amount of organic mercury in an average 4oz tuna steak.
- You would have to apply 857 doses** of Similasan Dry Eye Relief to equal
the amount of organic mercury found in an average 4oz tuna steak.
- Remember, the forms of mercury used in Similasan products is inorganic and
a highly diluted dose.
- Earache Relief inorganic mercury dosage = 0.0000000003 ppm. You’d have to
apply 6.4 billion doses* Similasan Earache Relief to equal the amount of mercury the
EPA allows in every 8oz glass of water.
- Dry Eye Relief inorganic mercury dosage = 0.224 ppm. You would need to apply
more than 10 doses** to equal the amount of mercury the EPA allows in every 8oz
glass of water.
- FDA’s allowable level of organic mercury in fish is 1.0 ppm
- NO KNOWN SIDE EFFECTS FOR ANY SIMILASAN PRODUCTS = SAFE AND
* Assumes one dose = 5 drops in affected ear
** Assumes one dose = 2 drops in both eyes
This page, http://www.healthyrelief.com/hopw.cfm, gave me the information on what they mean by the 10x, 12x, and the 15x.
As I understand it, this is the standard homeopathic mantra.Similasan products stimulate the body to heal itself by utilizing "microdilutions" of the active ingredients. This system of medicine is know as homeopathy.
In the production of Similasan homeopathic medicines, all active ingredients (originating from mineral, plant or animal) undergo the process of serial dilution. The result is a microdiluted concentration of the ingredient, and its dilution level is often represented by an "X." For example, an ingredient diluted to the level of 6X contains 0.0000001% of the active ingredient—just enough to jump start the immune system. This homeopathic mode of action is similar in theory to a conventional allergy or flu shot, yet the active ingredients in homeopathic products are much more dilute, and are therefore safe for all ages without known side effects.
You may ask why the ingredients, such as apis (honey bee), belladonna and mercurius are used as active ingredients? After all, those substances can trigger various symptoms when used in heavy concentrations. This is true. In homeopathy, however, the dosages are not concentrated enough to poison the body. In fact, the dosage level is only enough to cause the body to detect the presence of the ingredient and then react to it. The body then reacts by triggering the immune system to heal the underlying problem. For example, a microdilution of honey bee will trigger the body to fight symptoms such as burning, stinging and swelling. In many cases, the cause of such symptoms is an allergy, therefore the ingredient apis (honey bee) is used to treat allergies.
In summary, homeopathy is a completely unique way of treating ailments. Rather than imposing a chemical drug on the body with the hope of temporarily masking symptoms, homeopathic active ingredients attempt to stimulate a physiological reaction of the body's healing mechanisms. In other words, homeopathy encourages the body to maintain proper health by imposing a gentle stimulus.
At Similasan, we call this "Healthy Relief via Active Response Formulas.®"
Now, onto the math.
So if there is 10x Chamomilla, 12x Sulphur and 15x Mercurius solubilis, then the concentrations for a 10ml bottle of Similasan Earache Relief should be as follows;
10x Chamomilla = .0000000001 ml Chamomilla per 10 ml or 1x10^-10 ml or 100 picoliters per 10 ml
12x Sulphur = .000000000001 ml Sulphur per 10 ml or 1x10^-12 ml or 1 picoliter per 10 ml
15x Mercurius solubilis = .000000000000001 ml Mercurius solubilis per 10 ml or 1x10^-15 ml or 1 femtoliters per 10 ml
Now here is where I get fuzzy.
Dioxin has a LD50 of 20 micrograms/kilogram or 2x10^-7g/kg according to chemistry.org. (http://www.chemistry.org/portal/a/c/...6a17245d830100)
So would that be 2x10^-11g per gram? And could you use that as a comparison to the active ingredients above?
BTW, does anyone know how many atoms of Mercurius solubilis would even be in a femtoliter?
P.S. The FAQ for Similasan admits it doesn't work!! (Bolding and italics mine)
What if I choose the wrong product?
If you use the wrong remedy, it will not harm or help you. It will do nothing at all. To know which Similasan formula is best for you, choose the one that most closely matches your symptoms. Use for a period of time, and if relief is not evident, you may want to visit a physician.