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Many scientists view homeopathic remedies as modern snake oil – ineffective but mostly harmless because the drugs in them are present in such tiny amounts.

But an Associated Press analysis of the Food and Drug Administration’s side effect reports found that more than 800 homeopathic ingredients were potentially implicated in health problems last year. Complaints ranged from vomiting to attempted suicide.

via News from The Associated Press.

I never understood how people keep insisting that “it is natural, so it has no side effects.”  That just didn’t make any scientific sense.  Many synthetic drugs are derivatives of natural substances that are modified to reduce or minimize side effects that would normally occur if taken “naturally.”

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