MD, PhD, MAE, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

It has been reported that HomeoCare Laboratories Inc. is recalling two batches of Homeopathic StellaLife Oral Care Products citing microbial contamination. The recall involves Homeopathic Stella Life Vega Oral Care Spray Unflavored and Advanced Formula Peppermint Oral Care Rinse manufactured in 2024, which are marketed to promote oral health, hydrate oral cavities and support healthy gums. The recall is to be performed at the consumer level.

StellaLife VEGA Oral Care, Spray Unflavored comes with NDC 69685-121-01, lot no. 2552 and expiration date of 02-2026. StellaLife Advanced Formula Peppermint VEGA Oral Care Rinse comes with NDC 69685-143-16, lot no. 2550, and expiration date of 02- 2026.

The affected products were manufactured at HomeoCare Laboratories, shipped nationwide, and distributed through various dental practices. As per the FDA, higher than acceptable levels of TAMC was found in the Advanced Formula Peppermint Vega Oral Care Rinse, while Bacillus sp was found in the StellaLife Vega Oral Spray, Unflavored. Bacillus is a common species found in the environment and are generally non-pathogenic, while patients with oral disease, undergoing dental surgical procedures or with compromised immune systems hold potential risks. In the immunocompromised population, the impacted product may cause severe or life-threatening adverse events due to the introduction of bacteria to the disrupted oral mucosa, possibly leading to bacteremia and sepsis. However, the manufacturer of homeopathic products has not received any reports of adverse events related to these two recalled products so far.

Dental practices and consumers, who have the recalled products, are urged to return the impacted products to HomeoCare Laboratories or to the place of purchase or discard them. The company said it is implementing enhanced quality control measures to prevent recurrence.

On the manufacturer’s website, we find the following:

Homeopathy is a safe, gentle, and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself, and improve your overall health. It is safe to use and has none of the side effects of many traditional medications, because it is made from the natural substances and is FDA regulated. Homeopathic medicines – known as “remedies” – are made from natural sources (e.g., plants, minerals), and are environmentally friendly and cruelty free.

Homeopathic remedies when used as directed, are completely safe for everyone. They are given in such small doses that they don’t cause side effects.* Homeopathy is not a general or “umbrella” term that describes a variety of different natural therapies. Although homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances, homeopathy should not be confused with herbal medicine, Chinese medicine, or other types of natural medicines. It is its own, unique therapeutic system.

The FDA’s present policy does not require homeopathic medicines to go through the FDA approval process.  The homeopathic ingredients monographed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States have been reviewed for homeopathic efficacy, toxicology, adverse effects and clinical use. The historical safety record with the use of homeopathic drugs, some for close to 200 years. The FDA drug monitoring process does not reveal any significant instances of problems with homeopathic drug products, thus establishing a positive safety profile.

Homeopathy’s Basic Principle: The Law of Similars It is accepted knowledge that every plant, mineral, and chemical can cause in overdose its own unique set of physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. It also is readily acknowledged that individuals, when ill, have their own idiosyncratic physical, emotional, and mental symptom patterns, even when people have the same disease. Homeopathic medicine is a natural pharmaceutical science in which a practitioner seeks to find a substance which would cause in overdose similar symptoms to those a sick person is experiencing. When the match is made, that substance then is given in very small, safe doses, often with dramatic effects.

Homeopaths define the underlying principle for this matching process as the “law of similars.” The “law” is not unknown to conventional medicine. Immunizations are based on the principle of similars. No less a person as Dr. Emil Adolph Von Behring, the “father of immunology,” directly pointed to the origins of immunizations when he asserted, “By what technical term could we more appropriately speak of this influence than by Hahnemann’s word “homeopathy.”

Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used by over 200 million people worldwide.  The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual and their body, mind, spirit and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of disease. Taking all these factors into account a homeopath will select the most appropriate medicine based on the individual’s specific symptoms and personal level of health to stimulate their own healing ability.

Homeopathic medicines are safe to use as they rarely cause side-effects. This means when used appropriately under the guidance of a qualified homeopath they can be taken by people of all ages*.

* Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated. Individual results may vary.

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I feel like congratulating the manufacturer: not only have they managed to produce normally harmless products in such a way that they are dangerous, but also they are promoting a plethora of untruth and misleading statements about homeopathy. A most remarkable effort!

 

10 Responses to Potentially Harmful Homeopathic Oral Care Products Are Being Recalled

  • Dental practices and consumers, who have the recalled products, are urged to return the impacted products

    😂

  • Oh, this fear-mongering against homeopathy… Homeopathy is totally harmless. Even the skeptics say there is nothing in it. And now there IS something in it?

    Which reminds me of…

    “FDA.gov kicks homeopaths in the ass!”
    https://www.allaxys.com/~kanzlerzwo/index.php?topic=7592.0

  • Thank goodness the homeopathic remedy itself has no effect whatsoever.

    Lesson: Placebos can presernt problems. Caveat emptor!

  • Well. congratulatons for totally ignoring the significant body of controlled trials published in peer review medical journals about these homeopathic dental products: https://stellalife.com/pages/research

    Leave it to Edzard to ignore research unless it supports his narrative.

    • Ah, yes!
      Please tell us which controlled trial you feel amounts to compelling evidence, Dana.

      • There’s a queue for Mr Ullman to tell things.

        I’m still waiting for him to tell us 1) Which laboratory can distinguish homeopathic water from other water, which he says only fools or liars doubt can be done (80th time of asking) and 2) Why he lied outrageously in this Blog, claiming to have answered 1) many times, when he hasn’t done so once.

    • Dana

      We know you’re an insignificant halfwit but it’s always fun to see you proudly demonstrate it time and again here.

      “the significant body of controlled trials published in peer review medical journals”

      From the very first paper in that link you posted:

      “This is a preprint; it has not been peer reviewed by a journal.”

      You are a pathetic, ludicrous, jabbering clown. Continue to wallow in your personal vat of stupidity.

    • @Dana Ullman

      the significant body of controlled trials published in peer review medical journals about these homeopathic dental products

      Um, I can’t find a single one of those peer-reviewed controlled trials that you mention. When following your link and looking up the most important research item, the only thing actually resembling a trial has the following caption:

      “This is a preprint; it has not been peer reviewed by a journal”

      Then I looked up the ingredients of their product that was the focus of their ‘research’:

      “RINSE active ingredients in homeopathic dilution: Azadirachta, Calendula, Echinacea, Plantago. Inactive ingredients: Alcohol (1.8%), Allantoin, Citric Acid, Glycerin USP, Peppermint flavor, Peppermint oil, Polysorbate 20, Potassium sorbate, Propolis, Water, Xylitol.”

      So these people claim that the absent materials are the active ingredients, whereas all sorts of stuff that is actually present is labelled as ‘inactive ingredients’, including peppermint oil, which is known to have antibacterial properties.

      AFAICT, The rest of the list features testimonials, not trials.

      Then again, claiming the existence of ‘a significant body of controlled trials’ when in reality there’s nothing there is exactly what one would expect from a homeopath 🙂

  • in 2018 Australian authorities recalled HP-remmedies, because they found microbial contamination

    https://www.tga.gov.au/safety/product-recalls/net-remedies-homeopathic-products

    quality of HP Products may be insufficient

  • WolfgangM wrote:
    “quality of HP Products may be insufficient”

    Actually, it is TWO areas:

    1. There is something in it, which MUST NOT be in it: Dangerous contaminants!

    2. There is something NOT in it, which MUST be in it: Efficacy, of course!

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