Normally, I don’t bother responding to/trying to rebut stupidity that I read online. But Jezebel is a blog that I somewhat like and respect, and this is such a huge pile of bullshit with a dollop of incorrect science statements on top that I must write something angry.
Don’t click this link just yet. “A homeopathic pain reliever that actually works.” Do you see anything wrong with this statement? Without reading the article, if you have any science background and know what homeopathy claims to be, you will know that a homeopathic anything cannot work, at least not any better than a placebo, because homeopathy involves diluting something so much that it’s not even there.
Okay, now go read the article. Let’s look at all the other stupid in it together, shall we?
1. Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) and Advil (ibuprofen) are entirely different substances. If you’re allergic to Aspirin, you have no need to avoid Advil.
2. Ibuprofen, being an anti-inflammatory, probably would’ve helped with your muscle soreness.
3. If you develop all-over muscle pain (“totally crippled with muscle soreness”) after changing your exercise regimen, you’re probably not warming up or cooling down properly. Or you may have increased the intensity of your workout too much and too soon, and that pain is your body’s way of telling you to lay off.
4. As I said above, homeopathic pills do not work, because they do not contain any of the “active” ingredient. The pain relief you experienced can be attributed to the placebo effect, and possibly to your body beginning to acclimate to your recently changed exercise program.
5. Even if you’re all “well, the placebo effect works for me, and it’s not making things worse, so don’t tell me what to do”, why would you spend money on a placebo effect for a “strained or stiff muscle” when icing it is both cheaper and probably more beneficial?
And, since I’m a pedant: while I appreciate that you italicized the scientific name (Arnica montana), please remember that the genus name must be capitalized but the species name must not.