So why does quackery get a free ride?
Well IMHO the major problem is that especially in the USA, drug companies are allowed to flog non-OTC (over the counter) medications to customers. Quackery is basically doing the same thing.
Now there are two ways to classify quack medicine.
1. It doesn’t work and either does nothing or makes things worse. Homeopathy and things like Lupron would be in this category.
2. It works but not for the reasons given with wild embellishments of efficacy.
The common component of these things is the often wild embellishments of efficacy. Who’s going to check? These aren’t doctors. There is no veracity behind the claims. Let’s take this article from Columbia.
Nasopure is in the latter category. Nasal lavage is a real thing and it’s mainly to clear hardened crusts, thick mucous and help with the healing of sinusitis.
It doesn’t however “cleanse allergens out of your nose”, especially not for any jobs a 10 year old kid does. Unless your child works in agriculture or down a coal mine. You literally have to snort the allergen of your choice like it were cocaine and you are Tony Montana.
It is not an alternative to ANYTHING. It is a real medical treatment being flogged incorrectly.
An Expo like this is perfect for flogging bullshit.
“The idea of doing this wellness program is to give awareness to the people about alternative medicine. Because modern medicine has too many toxins, people are sick of them, and they’re very expensive,” said Ravi Puri, the expo’s creator. Puri, who has a doctorate degree in pharmaceutical sciences, said the biggest benefit of alternative medications is that they are less toxic and have fewer and less severe side effects.
Too Many Toxins is the battlecry of alt. med. because we fear toxins.
I can kill you with oxygen. Toxins are just molecules which have effects on our bodies. Ask a diabetic what glucose (something we need to live) does to his body. Toxins are just molecules that don’t do what we want when we want them to.
And the problem with alternative medicine is that they don’t keep any real statistics on efficacy or indeed “fatalities”. They often piggy back onto real medicine (If you rub your tummy while eating my Asprin you will increase it’s effectiveness!) and take credit for the achievements of medicine. My particular favourite was someone flogging homeopathic medication for reducing her vomiting sensation during chemotherapy to other patients. Her chart said she was getting Ondansetron (A medical anti-emetic), her homeopath just tacked this harmless water onto her list and charged her for MORE money than the Ondansetron.
Okay? Let’s stick to Nasopure. Well Nasopure is a saline (Special no less) lavage.
Jennifer and Michael Griffith, the parents of Matthew as well as his younger sisters, 7-year-old Rachel, 4-year-old Allie and 5-month-old Caroline, have all been using the Nasopure system as an alternative to taking antihistamines.
Unless you can wash out your nose every few minutes it won’t actually do anything because chances are whatever is triggering your allergy is still in the air.
Also? Lavage is contraindicated in children under 5 months. Doctors won’t use lavage because the chance for aspiration and choking is high since babies do not have well developed control of reflexes.
“Studies prove 80 percent of sinus infections won’t require an antibiotic if you just wash,” Hana Solomon, president of Nasopure, said.
Bad bad bad science.
80% of sinus infections are not caused by bacteria. But by viruses. In fact a SINGLE one. This is precisely what I am talking about. 80% of sinus infections get better spontaneously. All the wash is doing is clearing mucous which makes you feel “better”. Inhaling steam does that too but you cannot really make money out of inhaling steam like you can do for this product.
The Rhinovirus to be precise. AKA The Common Cold. Taking an antibiotic for that is like throwing rice at a tank. It won’t do anything apart from waste rice.
Roughly 20% of sinusitis are called by bacterial sinusitis and treatment with an antibiotic is recommended (Even Hana wouldn’t dream of not recommending an Antibiotic there) because the bacteria that cause sinusitis and throat infections also cause a lot more serious infection.
Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease are linked to the systemic transfer of these bacteria. It is in our interest to use antibiotics to clear bacterial sinusitis.
It is why when you first come to the doctor they ask you “how long has it been” if it is more than 2 weeks of sinusitis then they start antibiotics. If it is less than 2 weeks they tell you to take some rest and come if it gets worse. The MAJORITY of patients never come back after that. Why? Common Cold only lasts 5 to 10 days. This is a simple yet effective way of differentiating between bacterial and viral sinusitis. You COULD take a smear but honestly by the time it comes back you would have wasted good money to find out exactly the same answer.
Against bacterial infections? Lavage is quite likely to spread it around. Do not do it.
Matthew said he uses the system once a day during allergy season and it works so well that the family has become a demonstration team to spread the word about the product.?
Again. This clears any mucous in your nose.
You see horrible mucous falling out (Clean mucous is still dirty green) and think “Oh man! My insides feel so much better now! Look at all those toxins!”. When you have just basically picked your nose with water.
Oh don’t get me wrong, we use it too. We just don’t make such a big fuss about it. This is the perfect demonstration of the placebo effect. There are things for which we use lavage. Things like cleaning crusts in atrophic rhinitis or in antral lavage, but we don’t use it to wash your nose unless we are about to do something to it.
Want to know something terrifying? There are at least 2 deaths linked to the home practice of nasal lavage. Both due to a single opportunistic pathogen called N. Fowlerii (It’s an amoeba. Want to see what it does? Watch the first season of House. It’s got a fatality rate of 98%).
Want to know how much of a rip off it is?
Isotonic Saline (what they are claiming to make) is 0.9% sodium chloride. Or 9 grams of sodium chloride in a Liter of water (I am like Obi Wan Kenobi. I avoid Imperial Entanglements).
The Biggest Bulk Buy of the “Nasoclear” formula is $62 to make up a whopping 19 litres (okay just under 19 litres) of fluid.
I can beat that. Both for price and quality. If you must insist shooting water up your nose to clear out mucous when you are healthy then I must insist you do so like a sane human being not some dumbass.
Firstly? You need some equipment. A squeezy bulb syringe is good because most humans have shake hands when it comes to plunger syringes. It should cost you a few dollars (Fuck if I know, it costs me like half a quid for one) and is washable and more importantly, medical grade plastic can be BOILED sterile (I am not sure about theirs). You can get awfully big syringes for awfully cheap prices.
Secondly? You need the solution. I assume the “secret ingredient” is baking soda. I know for a fact that you have tasted nasal mucous. It’s a fact of life. Admit it. Think back to it’s taste.
Why does it taste of “soap”? It tastes like mild soap does it not? Because nasal mucous is alkaline just like soap. So if you use a salty alkaline wash you get better results. The cheapest alkali we have is baking soda. It’s also the “natural” composition of our mucous alkali so it has no toxic effect unlike actual soap.
The main ingredient though is saline. The importance here is NOT using table salt. That’s fortified, you need pure sea salt. I am sorry but a quarter of a kilo of sea salt is around £2. In order to make up 19 litres of water you would need to dedicate 171 grams of salt.
And finally the water. Do not use unboiled tap water. Boil the water for at least 7 minutes then place in an airtight and sterile container and then place it in the fridge. Cool in fridge till the appropriate temperature of choice is reached then use the sterilised syringe to squirt it up your nose.
You have spent FAR less money, have a far safer treatment and ultimately are getting the same benefits for FAR far cheaper. IF there are special minerals in the Nasopure lavage kit then you should know that the epithelium of the nose is very very bad at absorbing minerals when compared to our digestive system.
The total cost for mine is less than $10 (I assume around $5). The total cost for the Nasopure kit of equivalent capacity is nearly $80.