My science-defying strawberry milkshake - GODYEARS

My science-defying strawberry milkshake

February 11, 2017

This is a glass of strawberry milkshake.

strawberry milkshake homeopathy

A glass of strawberry milkshake is sweet. Remember that fact. It will be relevant later.

Now I'm going to pour it all out and fill the glass with water, shake it nicely and then pour the water out. And then I am going to fill it again with water. Shake it. Pour it out. Fill it again with water. Shake it. Pour it out. I will do this a few hundred times.

Now I will serve you the final glass of water. And I claim that it is really potent strawberry milkshake.

glass of water homeopathy allegory


You tell me that it is not... that this is a glass of water. I tell you you are wrong.

You see the water in the glass has its own memory.
This hundredth dilution remembers what the first dilution said the milkshake tasted like. The last few drops of the first batch of water which were clinging on to the glass passed on the memory to the next batch of water which in turn passed it on to the next batch of water which in turn... well, you understand.

You don't understand?
That's weird. Makes total sense to me. But okay, let me make you believe by showing you that its roots. This is an ancient INTERNATIONAL recipe that has been around for more than two centuries.
Yes, I agree that even in this day and age where we can see the mitochondria inside a cell in action, we still have not proven in 200 years that the drop of water 'remembers'. Yes, I also agree that scientists all over the world have proven the opposite in repeated studies - that it is not strawberry shake I am serving.

Allow me to be absolutely clear - repeated unbiased double-blind studies conducted in dozens of countries have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that the known laws of physics and chemistry do not change just for my glass of water. That the 100 times washed glass does not contain any trace of strawberry milkshake.

But I believe. In fact, I will go a step further.
I believe that the more diluted I made it, the stronger the effect of the milkshake became. Diluting it to a billionth degree of itself makes it more 'strawberry-ry' than diluting it to just a hundredth.

Who needs controlled studies across the world in scientific labs when I have the power of anecdotal evidence on my side? I have an aunt whose neighbor confirms that the strawberry milkshake does exactly what it was supposed to do (Oh, I'm getting to that and it's even juicier... no pun intended.)

Before that, let me just explain that there is a special way to serve it to ensure it works.
I take some cornflakes and I pour a few drops of the last glass of water on to it. Then I wait for even those drops to evaporate.
Now, I want you to take two flakes of corn twice daily for a hundred days.

bowl of cornflakes homeopathy allegory


And here's the coup de grace I was telling you about... are you ready for it?
Ingesting this evaporated, billionth-degree diluted drop of strawberry milkshake will act on your sweet-favoring senses and 'fix' those sweet senses. After that, if you ever come in contact with a strawberry milkshake, it will taste like Andhra's legendary fiery Guntur Sannam chilly to you.

Guntur Sannam chilly


Do you believe me?

If you do, I also own a Taj Mahal in Agra I would like to sell you.

Authors note -

Any resemblance - with stuff like 'water memory', 'vigorous shaking', 'dilution increases potency' & 'like cures like' - to the alternative 'science' called homeopathy is purely coincidental.
What is not funny is that everyday, thousands of sick patients do get harmed by these 'corn flakes' because it delays treatment of their disease till it is too late and significant damage has occurred.

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33 comments

  1. My head is completely spinning now. Or is it?

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    1. Depends. The less it is spinning, the stronger it is spinning apparently.

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  2. Scientists are an endangered species, at least in the United States. There are some therapies in what we in the United States call "alternative medicine" that I would accept, but homeopathic medicine is not one of them. The placebo effect is powerful medicine, on the other hand.

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    1. You have even odds with placebos and homeopathic pills. Gee, I wonder why?

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  3. Wait, dilution increases potency is a theory they have??? Never knew that. That doesn't make any sense, why would anyone believe it.

    People are always advocating homeopathic medicines but it never worked on me. Or for that matter, ayurveda. Some people swear by both, and I used to wonder if any of it really works or is it just in their heads. With this "dilution increases potency" theory, I'm sure it's not me, it's them.

    That said, I'll admit that as a kid, the little sugar pills did hold a certain charm, effectiveness be damned :P

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    1. This is the main problem. People just talk of others who had it and it worked. Nobody bothers to read the science behind it. Once that is done, it is hard to logically continue.

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  4. Let us not reason here.....:).....

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  5. Okay, what was this? :D

    Dilution increases potency? Wow, after reading this post Dr. Watsa will be getting quite a lot of queries I must say :P

    Homeopathy/Ayurveda nothing works for me. The good old "English" medicine is what I turn to always. Although I loved the white lil beads of homeopathy and diligently had them for years in the hope of curing migraine, all that it did for me is give me an allergic reaction to anything sweet :/

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    1. It is not just normal dilution. It is dilution to a billionth and trillionth degree... that makes it more potent and effective apparently. Logic!

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  6. It took me a while to get what you're coming to! Well, I've always relied on good old allopathy so wouldn't really know the difference.

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    1. Unfortunately, so many patients we get come after the disease (cancer, liver, kidney ailments) has progressed to a terrible stage. And noone points fingers at these quacks. No science, no nothing.

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  7. It took me a while to get what you're coming to! Well, I've always relied on good old allopathy so wouldn't really know the difference.

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  8. Hmmm...what if i filled the glasses with banana milkshake or better semiya payasam and then do the 100 glasses of water task??? 🤔🤔 my head is spinning too btw

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    1. Well, you'd be cured of banana milkshake and Semiya Payasam if you did so Congrats :)

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  9. I never could make sense of homeopathy and the logic behind it but yes I have used homeopathy medicine on my kids and they did work. It's not that I solely rely on homeopathy but I do give it once in a while. Modern medicine has cured incurable diseases but we've to also understand that common illnesses like allergies have no cure in allopathy. I've experienced it first hand. So yes, despite its great achievements, modern medicine is not without flaw.

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    1. Modern medicine definitely has its flaws but it atleast makes an effort to improve and evolve. Homeopathy is not a science. What you describe is the placebo effect or worse, stuff that is adulterated with actual allopathic drugs (plenty of documented cases by Homeopathic doctors in India, itself)
      To say 'modern medicine' does not have all the answers is not a free pass to allow 'absurd lack of science and logic' to enter through the back door.
      By that logic, people marrying their children to banyan trees also theoretically works because some of them do have successful marriages later. Doesn't make it a scientific or logical fact.
      What I've described is the EXACT PRINCIPLES of homeopathy,just simplified. This has been researched over and over again and repeatedly debunked for over 200 of its 220 year reign. Plain and simple - homeopathy doesn't work. Just as marrying a woman to a banyan tree does not work.

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  10. I have to admit I've taken homeopathic medicine for me as well as for the kids and, if I may say so, I felt we've benefitted too. I had no clue about the science behind homeopathy. That sounds weird. And now I'm not so sure at all.

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    1. Many have taken Homeopathic medicines. There is no doubting that. And you may attribute your recovery to it for reasons I mentioned in the above comment. But once the science behind it is clear, it really cannot be logically carried forward. It does not hold up. Most importantly, Homeopathic results do not consistently perform the same in any study which any real drug would.

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  11. ahhhh that Eureka moment when I read the last para and understood why you went crazy over strawberry milk.
    You know there's an alternate medicine that can cure breast cancer - a baba blessed leaf with ointment and stuff, to be rubbed in the infected area. True Story!! Thankfully, the rest of the family members were wise enough to go to the hospital before any major harm was done.

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    1. We get to hear so many descriptions of such alternative science from patients who eventually come to us for therapy after the condition worsens :)

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  12. Thanks for the chuckle, Roshan. Really needed it this morning!

    P.S. : P..lease don't make me prove I'm not a robot in order to make a comment, my brain gets diluted at the end of it, and I already don't have all that much :D.

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    1. Hehe... I don't think this blog comment section has all that stuff.

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  13. Haha. I didn't understand anything until the last para. Strawberry milkshake and dilution increases potency? Phew! I never had homeopathy medicines even when I knew they were sweet. :P

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    1. They are sweet because the pills are literally sugar!

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  14. For a little while there I was wondering why you're bent on proving strawberry milkshake dilution was a real thing! I agree. homeopathy simply doesn't work for me - though I do know of people who know people who did homeopathy and it worked (although when you dig a bit deeper, most of them also took "normal" medicines on the side) ;-)

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    1. Trust me. They work as well as voodoo and howling at the moon. Seen enough of the complications.

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  15. You are so full of 'alternative truths/facts' these days, Doc. :P

    *Chuckles*

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    1. Well, its a weird world. Gotta adapt and evolve, right?

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  16. I bow to you Doc! For a few moments I wasn't sure where you were headed and then.....someone told my husband to drink water soaked with coriander seeds for a clear bone on bone knee replacement case!! Oh all those Neem Hakeems of the world.

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    1. In hindsight, probably should have had the 'homeopathy' disclaimer at the starting, huh? :)

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