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24 November 2010 @ 06:49 pm
Bella Donna  
Important notice for those with munchkins of your own or those you care for - Hyland's Teething Tablets have been recalled for potentially hazardous levels of belladonna. (Details here.) This is a prime example about why I hate homeopathic products with such fervor. At best, they are expensive placebos, most are unregulated and manufactured under questionable conditions, and at worst they are contaminated with hazardous ingredients, toxic chemicals, and/or dangerous undeclared pharmaceuticals.Grrr... Bitey. I'm particularly annoyed since I SAW someone administer this crap to their kid and immediately asked to see the bottle because the effect was Just Not Right, but there was nothing immediately suspicious about the label and the mother was unlikely to listen to my anti-homeopathy screed, so I just let it go. Ugh. At least it's been pulled and I hope they are fined within an inch of their lives. Ideally an inch past the life of the company.

By a strange coincidence, I also went to the eye doctor today and had my eyes dilated. While they no longer do it with a belladonna solution, the effect is still the same.

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berzerker_prime: White Faceberzerker_prime on November 25th, 2010 01:11 am (UTC)
Completely unrelated...

Those pictures are win and you should wear your hair like that more often. Pretty! :-)
eithni: greeneithni on November 25th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks!
jtdiiijtdiii on November 25th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Lovely pictures.

I just hope you didn't have to drive like that...

eithni: peekabooeithni on November 25th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Just about a mile, then I waited at home until it wore off.
Sweet Ol' Berwyn: Caffeinebaron_berwyn on November 25th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
My, what big eyes you have. And the subject line is definitely appropriate to the photographs.

Edited at 2010-11-25 02:47 am (UTC)
eithni: darkladyeithni on November 25th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
Thanks. :)
birdkillerladybirdkiller on November 25th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Gah. In the garbage as soon as I gat home. I was hesitant to use them but all my mommy friends said they worked and I didn't see anything scary on the label.
eithni: berserkiereithni on November 25th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Of course they worked. Stoned babies don't cry a whole lot.

And of course there was nothing scary on the label - homeopathics are practically unregulated and don't need to prove their contents but can make health claims. They could paste on a label from M&Ms and say they treated six different diseases and still probably get away with it.

whymcwhymc on November 25th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
That looks awesome! I'm sure there's a way to do this for clubbing...
eithni: PharmDeithni on November 25th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Sure - the dilation doesn't really hurt you any. There are several medications that will do it, but the trick would be getting the prescription from your doctor, since eyedrops are not something you'd want to try to make.
akitrom: playingakitrom on November 25th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
What do they use to dilate eyes these days?
eithni: PharmDeithni on November 25th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
You know, I read the bottle because I wanted to know too but then just did not retain the chemical name. It's a strong anticholinergic with limited sting/irritation, so same action, just a different chemical.
Albredaalbreda on November 29th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
And here I hated homeopathic 'medications' for just being a useless waste of money targetted at folks who could ill-afford it and should have been getting REAL medicines.

"Grrrr...." doesn't quite cut it, does it?