Is Health Canada bringing measles back by approving ineffective homeopathic remedies?

Sep 9, 2013

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently issued a notice regarding a surge in cases of measles in many parts of the country. At the time of the notice, 30 cases had already been reported, five times as many as in the previous year. Why is a disease that was so well controlled for many years slowly making this insidious comeback? The answer may lie with Health Canada and its consistent decisions to allow and even add “nosodes” — homeopathic vaccines — to its list of products approved for sale.


Nosodes offer no protection against disease. They are not effective in preventing, treating or curing any of the maladies for which they are marketed. There is no sound, peer-reviewed evidence that they help stop the spread or progression of disease. This is so well known that the British Homeopathic Association has said the following: “There is no evidence to suggest homeopathic vaccinations can protect against contagious diseases. We recommend people seek out the conventional treatments.”

With that grim fact out of the way, what is Health Canada doing approving ineffective vaccines for sale.

On its website when talking about natural products, it declares: “To be licensed in Canada, natural health products must be safe, effective, of high quality and carry detailed label information to let people make safe and informed choices.”

Written By: Nathan Kunzler, Arthur Caplan
continue to source article at thestar.com

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  • 1
    N_Ellis says:

    “To be licensed in Canada, natural health products must be safe, effective, of high quality and carry detailed label information to let people make safe and informed choices.”

    Well then how did the products get licenses? They are certainly not effective, or of high quality, or labelled to allow users to make safe and informed choices. The are safe to use because they have no effect at all, but are unsafe as products because they deceive the user into thinking they are using a medicine when they aren’t.

    Homeopathic products therefore fail on every criteria for licensing, and should not be sold. No new laws are needed because the existing ones should already prevent the sale, the only question is why they are not being applied



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  • 2
    Neodarwinian says:

    Homeopathic vaccines?!?

    WTF!!

    Where do these people get their ideas from? The main center of woo in Britain has already poo poo this idea, so why is this happening in Canada?



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  • Not too far off-topic I hope: I recently read a quotation by Abraham Lincoln, something he said in one of his debates with Stephen Douglas. He said that his opponent’s arguments were as weak as “homeopathic soup made from the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.”



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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    Health Canada risks its own scientific integrity, the trust of the public and, most importantly, the lives of the weakest and most vulnerable citizens who are relying on it. At a time when vaccine preventable diseases are on the rise, this is not the time to let pseudo-science drive health policy.

    This is just a crying shame. Health Canada needs to grow a pair and disavow homeopathic “medecine” and its “practioners”.



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  • Typical of the Canadian bureaucratic and political mindset; bending over backward to accommodate every minority opinion or demand with the aim of appearing inclusive and PC in the eyes of the world.

    If Sharia ever gains a foothold in North America, it will be in Canada, guaranteed.



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  • Normal drugs must demonstrate effectiveness. Homeopathic drugs have never shown the tiniest bit of effectiveness. How could they? They contain nothing but water. Eventually we will discover approval came via paying bribes.



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    glenister_m says:

    I’m a bit peeved with Health Canada right now.

    I’m also annoyed at the comments on the article. I’ve tried to post, but you need to log in, and the registration process doesn’t seem to be in an obvious place (or perhaps its just too late at night for me).



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  • In reply to #8 by glenister_m:

    I’m a bit peeved with Health Canada right now.

    I’m also annoyed at the comments on the article. I’ve tried to post, but you need to log in, and the registration process doesn’t seem to be in an obvious place (or perhaps its just too late at night for me).

    There do appear to be a lot of people claiming that homeopathy works.



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  • I’m amazed that even the stupidest people amongst us could believe a laughable concept that “Like cures like”
    Say you have a raised temperature, aka a fever. This could be a sign that you have malaria (a protozoon attacking your red cells) a viral infection such as influenza, a bacterial infection such as meningococcal meningitis, heatstroke etc etc. Why would a substance, even if there were a single molecule of it in the “treatment”, be able to treat such a wide spectrum of causes of fever? It makes no kind of sense.
    Fever is a sign or symptom not a disease.
    Prince Charles is pathetic in many spheres but his support for homeopathy is just too much. He’s going to be our next king, god help us (just kidding).



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  • 11
    Jeromex says:

    I wonder about political influence on Health Canada. The conservative goverment has been demonstrably antiscience in their policies .. especially related to climate science.



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  • 13
    TrickyDicky says:

    In reply to #9 by jel:

    There do appear to be a lot of people claiming that homoeopathy works.

    There are a lot of people who believe that payer works, there are even more that believe in a non-existent “god”.



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    TrickyDicky says:

    In reply to #10 by Atropa:

    Prince Charles is pathetic in many spheres but his support for homoeopathy is just too much. He’s going to be our next king, god help us (just kidding)..

    But when push comes to shove he will go with mainstream medicine or he may not be around to be the next King.



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