It should be noted that the EFF article, and this Boingboing post as a result, got the patent number WRONG, even though the link is correct. The correct patent number is 8,609,158.
But the patent examiner could and should have rejected it on any number of grounds, including enablement, indefiniteness, and utility.
I've read the patent, and it is very poorly written, obviously by the person herself. However, it does give a recipe for making the concoction she is claiming.
That's enablement. You take the recipe, you follow it, you get the resulting mixture. It doesn't matter that it doesn't do what she claims it does, since the function of a defined compound or mixture is inextricably linked to its makeup. She gets a patent on the mixture, and whatever it can do, it does.
Indefiniteness also doesn't apply -- the claim is the administration of a number of substances, and each of those substances is clearly defined in the claim and the body.
Utility also doesn't apply, because you can make this and use it. It may not do anyone any damn good, but it can be made and used.
Maybe the laws need to be changed, granted, but as they exist now, this patent was correctly granted, unless someone else has used this combination of ingredients before.
I liked this part of the patent:
Add 4 cups of milk, stir and cook until almost dry. (Interchangeable with other Milk ingredients such as evaporated milk, cream, and sperm).
Yeah, sounds great!