Posted by: Chris Maloney | November 4, 2010

Hylands Teething Tablet Recall

Old homeopathic remedy, Hepar sulph.

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Hylands has voluntarily recalled their teething tablets because of the possibility that the belladonna contained inside may not have been properly diluted.

The FDA received reports of dry mouth, fever, and drowsiness, so Hylands is taking the very cautious step of recalling all the teething tablets.   The belladonna plant is extremely poisonous so the recall may be justified (read all about it on Wikipedia).  Even if done completely in accordance with homeopathic preparation, a particular batch of belladonna may have been powerful enough to have an effect even at one part per thousand.  The variation in the herb’s potency may not be checked by the manufacturer. 

Homeopathic substances in the 3 to 6x range still contain measurable amounts of the substance.  For this reason anything toxic, like lead (plumbum) or mercury (mercurius) should never be taken below a 12x dilution. 

Hylands detailed information about the recall is available on their website.  They really are dedicated to making this issue right. 

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