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because silence = death

A homeopathic product for the relief of tinnitus — or ringing in the ears — is called Quietus… just like the legal suicide drug in Children of Men that despairing folk in a dying world take to gently off themselves from the horrors and hopelessness of everyday life.

Or the name of the product could come from Hamlet, but it’s from one of the many bits wherein he’s contemplating suicide, so same difference, really.

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.

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  • markyd

    I have tinnitus. It sucks. The best relief is noise. Like watching a movie with the sound cranked.
    I rather not have a “remedy” that will kill me. I’ll take the ringing over death, thank you very much.

  • chuck

    Well, if its homeopathic then you might as well just drink a glass of water, same thing.

  • I believe that virtually everyone that grows up under religious rigmarole has his or her humanness immeasurably stilted. About age two we start hearing things like, you are weak, sinning, ugly, unsaved, fallen, and that’s the short list. Underpinning much of our misery are these religious supernatural mystical beliefs. From these types of mindsets we unwittingly become the architects of our own miseries. From this primary source, this bountiful wellspring, all else flows and is essentially set in motion.

    One of the nice things about growing up with a formerly atheistic father and a closet Christian mother is knowing first-hand that this is a bunch of rubbish.

    Religion is only an excuse certain people use to make other people feel inferior. If it weren’t for that, they’d use science, race, class, or many other categories.

    Heaven knows I’ve met my share of bullies in my time and surprise, surprise, not all of them weren’t motivated by religion. Not that I have any love for the few people I have met who have tried their damnedest to make me inferior because I don’t belong to the same religious denomination that they do–but are atheists who go on and on about how much enlightened they are than religious people that much better?

    Some of the few people who have made me feel like I was worth a damn were religious people–my mother, my godmother, my favorite aunt on my father’s side, my youngest brother, my best friend, etc.

    Granted, my experiences aren’t necessarily shared by everyone but I get all so tired about gross generalizations that blame all the evils on the world on some group that the arguer just happens to not belong to. If only life was that simple…

    And, by the way, given the fact that religious groups are among the few factions in modern society that have consistently argued against euthanasia, isn’t it a bit odd to see them getting attacked here?

  • Not that I have any love for the few people I have met who have tried their damnedest to make me inferior because I don’t belong to the same religious denomination that they do–but are atheists who go on and on about how much enlightened they are than religious people that much better?

    What I meant to say, of course:

    Not that I have any love for the few people I have met who have tried their damnedest to make me feel inferior because I don’t belong to the same religious denomination that they do–but are atheists who go on and on about how much enlightened they are than religious people that much better?

  • i must have missed something because i don’t understand the jump from homeopathic medicine (which, i agree with chuck, is bogus) unless that religion would have the same effect as homeopathic medicine?

  • Paul

    I too was perplexed by the topic jump. Perhaps concerning a possible placebo effect for both natural medicine and faith healing? And most advertising for natural medicine I’ve seen is either vague “science” or refers to vague eastern spiritualism.

    I don’t wish to bash natural medicine too hard, since most of it is common sense advice about staying healthy in the first place (its when it becomes product placement that things get shifty), but it is usually done in the context of a lifestyle that overlaps with yoga (from the Hindi tradition), Tai Chi (from the Taoist tradition), Native American sweatlodges, etc.

  • MaryAnn

    The topic jump was begun by a spammer, whose comment has been deleted. It had nothing to do with the subject of this post.

  • Shadowe

    Really? They’re calling a glass of water Quietus now?

    Homeopathy is such patent bullshit. As well wonder about them calling it Carcinogenus. It won’t change the fact that there’s nothing in it.

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