Every once in awhile I get something wrong, and I have no problem admitting it.
I have written many times about the absurdity of homeopathy, including a Science 2.0 piece on the possible existence of homeopathic cows.
Without going into the "science" for the umpteenth time, homeopathic "treatments" are nothing but water, while possibly containing a few molecules of... does it matter? It is based on 18th century alternative medicine and probably should have been left in the 18th century.
Here's what I got wrong: It turns out that, thanks to CVS, there finally is a homeopathic treatment that does contain something other than water and/or sugar! But, it is what is in there that is nothing short of hilarious.
Some genius at CVS decided that it would be great for business to hop on to the "homeopathy bandwagon" since a bottle of "water" can fetch 10 bucks. It would be hard to get off to a worse start.
Man, did they screw this one up...
Yep, CVS is selling a homeopathic remedy that the company erroneously thinks will cure constipation. Dropping 10 bucks on what you would expect to be a one ounce bottle of water will not fix constipation. But not this time. This homeopathic remedy has something special: booze! And your 10-year-old can walk in and buy it.
However, should you be really constipated and decide to try 6 bottles: do not be surprised if you somehow wake up the next day in a dumpster behind a Taco Bell wearing a mauve disco suit, a parakeet on your head, nursing the hangover from hell.
There is only one way that CVS could screw this up worse, and not even the soon-to-be-unemployed corporate product manager could have thought of this: sell the stuff as a homeopathic cure for alcoholism. 'Nuff said.