Bizarre 'remedies' containing BRAINS are being sold online for £20
Revealed: Bizarre ‘remedies’ advertised as containing BRAINS, hearts and livers are being sold online for £20
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Bizarre ‘remedies’ said to contain human body parts are being flogged to Brits, this website can reveal.
MailOnline uncovered dozens of strange homeopathic products sold by Perensis, an online retailer headquartered in Birmingham.
As well as claiming to have pills made of brain, heart and even wombs, it sells ones supposedly containing the fossilised bones of prehistoric reptiles and bleach.
Others even claim to contain phone radiation specifically collected from Heathrow airport.
All of the treatments listed are advertised as remedies, although any descriptions on their supposed health benefits are vague.
These are just some of the bizarre homeopathic treatments MailOnline uncovered being sold by the business Perensis
They cost in the region of £20 for a pot of pills or an oral solution.
Repeated scientific studies have found 200-year-old ‘treatment’ is no more effective than a placebo.
Homeopathy operates on a logic that ‘like cures like’, so a substance that effectively causes certain symptoms can be, in theory, used to treat similar conditions.
For example, a homeopath might recommend a hay fever sufferer who has itchy and watery eyes takes a treatment involving an onion solution as the vegetable provokes the same reaction in people when sliced.
But these so called ‘remedies’ are diluted with so much water there is often none, or barely any, of the original substance left.
WHAT ARE THE ORIGINS OF HOMEOPATHY?
Homeopathy was first coined in 1807 by German doctor Samuel Hahnemann, and focuses on three principles: like cures like, dilution, and ‘water remembers.’
Dr Hahnemann believed that medicine in his time was doing more harm than good, so he began to conduct experiments on volunteers and himself.
One such experiment included eating the bark of a cinchona tree, which was then used as a treatment for malaria. Scientists have since found that this bark contains quinine, an antimalarial drug.
After eating some of the bark, Hahnemann experienced symptoms which he likened to those of malaria, spawning the first principle ‘like cures like.’
The doctor thought that if a substance in large doses causes certain symptoms, it can be used in small doses to cure them.
According to the British Homeopathy Association, the remedies are used by over 200 million people worldwide to treat both acute and chronic conditions.
This dilution is a key part homeopathy, with proponents paradoxically claiming the less of an ingredient there is, the more powerful its supposed therapeutic powers.
But each mixture must also be physically shaken to activate its healing potential, advocates say.
Professor Edzard Ernst, a world-renowned expert in complementary medicine at the University of Exeter, said the examples uncovered by this website demonstrated the bizarre and even ‘dangerous’ world of homeopathy.
‘Most homeopathic pharmacies offer remedies that seem more than strange to non-homeopaths,’ he said.
‘They range from pieces of the Berlin wall, to a gonorrhoeic penis. Some are based on non-materials like vacuum, sunlight, or X-rays.’
He urged consumers to stay well-clear of businesses selling such mixtures and those who advised patients take them.
Professor Ernst added: ‘Some consumers may be alarmed or appalled by such weird or off-putting remedies.
‘In my view, they should be alarmed by homeopathy in general.
‘It is an ineffective and, therefore, dangerous therapy, regardless of whether the remedy is based on something well-known like Arnica or something revolting like dog excrement.’
None of the products listed as containing organ body parts explicitly state they are of human origin.
However, other sections of the Perensis store make it clear that treatments containing organs are harvested from specific animals like shark liver or horse testicles.
Other organs-based remedies listed for sale on the website include eye, lung, stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, kidney and gallbladder.
And other products listed on the website include mixtures made from pathogens, animals, and even fossils.
Some treatments on the website worrying list organs as their ‘active ingredient’ with ‘brian- frontal lobe’ one example
Other organ-based treatments on the website include those made from hearts and pancreases
And others listed eye and lung as their active ingredient
Liver and small intestines were also on the homeopathic menu
Other parts of the digestive system on offer include gallbladder and stomach
Even uterus was on offer, for just £12.49 and with express delivery available
Other organ based products on the website clearly state what animal they come from such as these sharks liver and equine testicle mixtures
Some featured coronaviruses and tuberculosis found in cattle, both animal and human versions of herpes, as well as bugs that can cause diarrhoea.
Mixtures made from snake venom, mongooses, jellyfish, and scorpions were also included for sale.
Even extinct animals aren’t safe, with Perensis offering to grind down fossils of prehistoric marine reptiles called ichthyosaurs, as well as Ice Age bison, as a form of treatment.
MailOnline approached Perensis for comment.
Remedies listing both human and animal viruses as ingredients are also included on the Perensis website
Mycobacterium Bovis is the bacteria that causes a disease called Bovine Tuberculosis, a serious respiratory infection that can strike both animals and people
Rotaviruses, a family of highly contagious pathogens that can cause is a very contagious virus that causes diarrhoea are listed an ingredient in some products
Fossils from the spine of ichthyosaur, a marine reptile which swam in prehistoric oceans in the time of the dinosaurs, are also being ground-down by Perensis to form homeopathic treatments
Some treatments also include material harvested from a species of mongoose, a type of mammal found in Africa and Asia famous for taking on snakes
Mixtures made from snake venom and a dangerous species of jellyfish were also on offer
Bleach used in hair treatments is just one of the household chemicals used in the Perensis remedies
Homeopathic treatment on the NHS was effectively banned about five years ago after it was ruled an ineffective use of taxpayer’s money.
But late last year this website highlighted how GPs in England have still prescribed nearly £150,000 of homeopathic items since 2018 – the first full year after the ruling.
King Charles has also been a fan of homeopathy with the monarch even attempting to get treatments on the NHS by lobbying ministers.
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