Amidst the recent whooping cough outbreaks in various parts of Canada, a new science watchdog is calling on Health Canada to deregister homeopathic nosodes, a remedy that some homeopaths recommend as alternatives to vaccines.
Michael Kruse, a York Region paramedic who is also board chair of Bad Science Watch, a citizens advocacy group formed this year states:
“If somebody is offering up a nosode as an alternative to vaccine, they are being given a false sense of security that it will protect them, Not only are we decreasing people who are getting vaccinated, but if they’re choosing these therapies, then they also put themselves at risk.”
So far this year, there have been at least 1,785 cases across the four provinces most affected in Canada: southwestern Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and New Brunswick. An infant in Alberta died from it.
Kruse says that Health Canada should be promoting immunization schedules for children, rather than sending out mixed messages by registering homeopathic nosodes as “effective” natural health products:
“We’re looking at the regulator to protect the public and properly regulate these substance, to make sure they’re safe and that there’s no adulteration, and look at efficacy, if it’s not effective, then it shouldn’t be offered.”
Nosodes are a class of homeopathic remedy that uses a dead form of the targeted disease in a diluted formulation. They are usually prescribed as tablets or alcohol oral drops. Health Canada has approved the homeopathic use of more than 20 nosodes, including those some homeopaths would use to prevent whooping cough, malaria, polio and the common flu.