Indian Doctor Launches Nation’s First Homeopathy Magazine

You’ll all be thrilled to learn that one Dr. Mukesh Batra has launched a magazine called Homeopathy & You:

I can’t top Paul Fidalgo‘s take on it:

It will be made up of entirely blank paper, save for the possibility of one dot of ink hidden among the pages. Or perhaps just the essence of the ink, with a memory of journalism.

Somehow, the famed homeopath has found another way to bilk people out of their money.

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  • C Peterson

    I just think of it as evolution in action.

    • Mackinz

      Darwin awards all around?

  • Everette M

    sounds like it will have a lot of the same articles we already see in magazines and on Dr Oz. “Parsley the miracle herb? It will cure all your ills and freshen your breath!”

    • cryofly

      Aren’t we grateful to Oprah for imposing on us two quacks – Phil and Oz?

      • Holytape

        Now there is a thunderdome match I would like to see. Two men enter, one man leaves.

        • flyb

          Hopefully they would spear each other’s skulls simultaneously.

  • Holytape

    Also just as an aside, there are no plants that repel mosquitoes. There are some plants that mosquitoes avoid landing on, but unless you cover yourself head to toe in that plant, it doesn’t do jack. You can plant citronella grass all around your house, but all that will do is make the mosquito fly up and over the grass before it bites you.

    • C Peterson

      I think there are a few plant extracts that have been demonstrated, under controlled conditions, to have mild or short-lasting repellant activity against some insects, including mosquitoes. But compared to something really effective, like DEET, they are all very poor performers.

      Of course, efficacy aside, this is just some kind of herbology. If they were serious about homeopathy, they’d want to start with something that attracts mosquitoes- blood or sweat maybe? – and dilute it in water until nothing is left. Then use the water to repel mosquitoes.

      • Rationalist1

        Should be easy to test too, not that the homeopaths ever would.

      • Holytape

        Yeah, it’s just a pet peeve of mine. I see all of these products promising to repel mosquitoes. But basically, if it isn’t DEET or a pesticide you wash into your clothes, it does work well. Plant based one work for an hour at tops, and aren’t as effective. Planting plants or lighting candles just annoys mosquitoes because they have to fly around the obstacles. Worst are the sonic repellers. Female mosquitoes don’t have an auditory organs. Only males can hear, and they really can only hear the pitch produced by females wings. So the only sound that has any effect on mosquitoes attracts horny males.

        But I degrees, the point is the magazine is full of crap. Even when they are talking about something other than Homeopathy, which is inherently crap, they still spew crap. So there is a certain irony in the fact that a homeopathic magazine has such a high concentration of crap.

        • The Other Weirdo

          Isn’t it only the females that bite?

          • Holytape

            Yes. But still a swarm of horny males is annoying.

            (Also a distant side note, the mosquito they show in Jurassic Park trapped in amber is a Toxorhynchites which is one of the few non-blood feeding mosquitoes.)

            • randomfactor

              Maybe they’ll keep the females too busy to bite, though.

              • Anat

                The females bite to obtain nutrients they need to make their eggs. I’d guess the ones being kept busy by males bite more.

    • Jeff

      We might be arguing semantics here. There are plants, who’s scent, will overcome the mosquitoes ability to smell out CO2. CO2 is the main attractant for the mosquito to find prey (such as humans). So, having a plant that puts a scent in the air that would be more prevalent than the CO2 would act as a method of confusing the predator from the prey. Does that mean it REPELS the mosquito? Probably not. Does it mask your presence making it more difficult (or less likely, depending on your view) for the mosquito to bite your ass? Most testing shows yes.

      • Holytape

        Yeah, but the plants aren’t all that effective. At best, the plants reduce the biting rating. The most effective plants reduce the rate by 50%, which sounds good until you realize that it means instead of getting bit 20 a minute your getting bit 10 times a minute. You’re still getting bit. Most of the species sold reduce the biting rate less than 25%. So yes plants do help, but not as much as implied by the advertising.

        • Jeff

          Um, reference please. Nice numbers, but where did you get them.

    • suzeb1964

      Maybe someone could make an outfit comprised entirely of Venus Fly Traps. They could then eat the mosquitoes. I bet Lady Gaga would wear it for her next video.

  • islandbrewer

    …with a memory of journalism.

    OMG! I think I can explain modern mainstream news media, now!

  • Ron

    It will be made up of entirely blank paper, save for the possibility of one dot of ink hidden among the pages. Or perhaps just the essence of the ink, with a memory of journalism.

    Paul… Paul… Paul… Paul, you don’t even… you’re glib… you don’t even know what confirmation bias is. </cruise-ism>

    However, your prediction seems spot on (at least momentarily) for the electronic version of the magazine.

  • cryofly

    Why is that lady on the cover? She does not appear to be balding! Perhaps just to attract a population of men who are addicted to getting cheated. Shouldn’t we start a magazine called Placebo. Placebo might actually work in some cases, while homeopathy pills might fail when compared to roach feces.
    Unfortunately, that Tarla Dalal, who is a cook/cookbook publisher, whose article seems to be featured in that issue, died a couple of days back.

    • Jane Chiarello

      That “lady” on the cover is our very own Cheryl Cole. Ex-W.AG and “singer” in Girls Aloud. She was briefly a judge on X Factor US until she was booted off after a show or two I think. You may have to excuse me if I lack facts but I haven’t the energy to look up “vacuous bints” on the interweb. She is currently a L’Oreal spokesperson on UK TV for hair colouring and make-up. She’s a very pretty girl but was in court in 2003 for racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was found not guilty of that but found her guilty of an alternative charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. OK maybe not relevant now but I wouldn’t have her as a spokesperson for anything I cared for.

      • Jane Chiarello

        She also caught malaria in 2010 despite a shit load of prescription drugs before she went off. I dread to think of the outcome if she’d stuck to sugar pills and water !!!! Also I doubt whether it was the Homeopathic Hospital treating her and it was probably the NHS

        • Itarion

          Maybe she diluted the drugs first? That would do it.

  • kenofken

    This outrage cannot go unanswered! The solution, of course, is for a Pakistani doctor to write a bigger homeopathy magazine! :)

    • trj

      Wouldn’t it be great if wars were homeopathic?

      • Matt Eggler

        Homeopathic weaponry: take bandages, dilute them in water, fill your squirt gun and attack.

    • rtanen

      The solution is to write a smaller homeopathy magazine. Then it will be more potent. Even better, make a tiny copy of an article debunking homeopathy.

  • Mick

    I wonder how many of the readers will die prematurely because they followed the advice contained in this magazine?

    • David McNerney

      Or worse… drown.

  • m6wg4bxw

    The cover price should be water from a wishing well.

  • Timmah

    My balding pate? What the heck is a PATE? I don’t even know what that is how do I know if that part is already missing hair or not???

    • Itarion

      Scalp, but pate sounds more archaic, so more impressive.

      • Artor

        Especially when you’re talking about goose-liver pate.

        • Itarion

          That sounds almost like a serious condition! Have I got it?! *worry

  • Cousin Ricky

    Paul Fidalgo’s second sentence is more accurate. One dot is way too much ink.

  • Don Gwinn

    I’m intrigued by this homeopathic approach to weight control. A “treadmill,” you say? Marvelous!

  • Robster

    There’s probably a lab somewhere, staffed with official medical looking types in white coats with stethoscopes working on a homeopathic mosquito repellent. Using their usual methods at least as I understand it, what they need to do is catch a mozzie, cut a sliver off and dilute it in the Pacific Ocean. Then distil the water to get the salt out and bingo! Something to sell in a medicine looking package at an over the top price to the gullible public. No gardening needed.

  • JimAido

    Why am I not surprised? Indian Government promotes all sorts of “alternate” medical practices. There are Homeopathic medical colleges all around, and they can legally practice their craft.

    This is from Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare web site (Department of AYUSH):

    “Department of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homoeopathy (ISM&H) was created in March,1995 and re-named as Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in November, 2003 with a view to providing focused attention to development of Education & Research in Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy systems.”

    Good luck with that!

  • anonentity

    I just saw the cover so that will give me more benefit than reading the whole magazine right? Saves me a few buck of buying it!

  • Kir (Politicoid)

    Given that study after study finds homeopathics to be no more effective than placebo, I can’t imagine what would be in the magazine besides ads.