Skeptic News: Warning against homeopathic vaccination

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.

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0 Responses to Skeptic News: Warning against homeopathic vaccination

  1. dalradian says:

    Whut? They actually licence these? The mind boggles

  2. Dana Ullman says:

    There is one fact from history that is missing from the above story:

    Homeopathic medicine became popular in the mid- and late-1800s due to its significantly positive results that it provided as a result of the many infectious disease epidemics that arose at that time, including epidemics of cholera, typhoid, yellow fever, scarlet fever, influenza, and pneumonia. This is NOT theory …this is historical fact.

    Baste in the glory of your limited worldview, but try not to ignore the facts of history.

  3. Are you sure you mean “baste in the glory” as baste is a cooking term meaning “cooking meat with either its own juices or some type of preparation such as a sauce or marinade.”

    Might you mean bask in the glory perhaps?

    Regardless the post is about vaccination not treatment. Can you produce any evidence that homoeopathy has a prophylactic effect?

  4. Dana Ullman says:

    Wow, thanx Endless Psy for correcting my spelling and for confirming the fact that history supports treatment efficacy from homeopathy for the many raging infectious disease epidemics that erupted in the 19th century…and I predict that educated and informed people will realize that it is likewise effective for 21st century infectious conditions too.

    Preventing death through treatment is still prevention.

    • History and science both fail to prove that homeopathic preparations have any efficacy.

      If anything they tend to prove the exact opposite.

      But why would I expect someone who makes their living from promoting and selling magic water to look at evidence that shows it doesn’t work.

      [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ‘0 which is not a hashcash value.

  5. Acleron says:

    Dana, homeopathy became popular again because unscrupulous operators like yourself were prepared to spread mis-truths about its effectiveness.

    When required to produce evidence that homeopathy works in an environment that praises evidence over advertising and rhetoric, no homeopath steps forward.

    Instead you have pseudo-science performed by pseudo-scientists and published in pseudo-journals. Or of course, the totally biased report prepared by homeopaths who then pretend it is anything more than the usual cherry picking and outright falsehoods that passes for scientific method among homeopaths.

  6. Richard says:

    Ah yes, all that ‘reliable evidence’ from 19th century. Before Ronald Fisher.

  7. Judith says:

    Notice. I am a person with a medical background and I can tell you that there is much more going on here in this debate than you think. As an adult I am able to research and choose to decide for myself what healing modality I want to utilize. My son became VERY sick from the Hep B vac and despite specialists, tests galore, and wrongly prescribed medications to alleviate the symptoms, no one , including myself knew the cause. It took a well known highly recommended naturopath to clear the toxins out of his system. Until this I did not subscribe to this healing modality. Do your OWN research. Inform yourself. Do not let some one with a whole pile of letters after their name try to convince you they know what is best. Having the right to choose is being slowly eroded all in the GUISE of public health. Fear porn is the weapon of choice. Again I repeat, Do your own research, stay clear of pharmaceutical funded studies as there is much bias there.

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