Carry Price, the BC born goalie who currently plays for the Montreal Canadiens is a spokesperson for the homeopathic product Oscillococcinum produced by the Boiron company in Quebec.
What is Oscillococcinum you might ask? Some sort of herbal remedy or natural product? Nope. It’s homeopathy. And that means it’s a form of alternative medicine wherein the ingredients are diluted repeatedly in water over and over again transferring via supernatural means its “essence” into the memory of the water.
Boiron has also been in the skeptical news cycle recently. In California the company was being sued for fraud and unfair competition because of their homeopathic remedy Coldcalm, which contains no active ingredients.
It’s obviously disappointed to see the Canadiens endorse this. I was somewhat surprised that I didn’t hear more from this from our skeptical community. Perhaps we can change that and make this a bit more front in centre when it comes to encouraging science based medicine in our popular culture.
On espère que les granules ne sont pas considérées comme un produit dopant.