Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

Dec 25, 2014

By Doubtful News

Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive.

Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to the UN to use homeopathy in the Liberian Ebola outbreak). They have previously made claims that homeopathy can treat domestic abuse behavior.

The complaint has taken two years to work through channels. In 2012, a consumer watchdog group blasted the same claims. See Steve Novella discuss homeopathy for whooping cough/pertussis here. In the judgment, Justice Perry is unequivocal: “there is no reasonable basis, in the sense of an adequate foundation, in medical science to enable the First Respondent and the Second Respondent to state that Homeopathic Treatments are safe and effective as an alternative to the Vaccine for the Prevention of Whooping Cough.”

The core of the finding is as follows:

The First Respondent and the Second Respondent have in trade or commerce:

a.) engaged in conduct that was misleading and deceptive or was likely to mislead and deceive, in contravention of section 18 of the ACL;


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16 comments on “Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

  • ” Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to the UN to use homeopathy in the Liberian Ebola outbreak). ”

    You have got to be kidding me!



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  • Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive.

    Australian courts in my experience confine themselves to evidence, the law, and nothing but the law. They aren’t political stooges like in the US. They aren’t corrupt like most of the third world. They’re composed of eminent jurists for whom the interpretation of the law is paramount. Thus this decision does not surprise me. Here is the full judgement.

    THE COURT DECLARES THAT:

    **1) The First Respondent and the Second Respondent havein trade and commerce:

    a) engaged in conduct that was misleading and deceptive or was likely to mislead and deceive, in contravention of section 18 of the Australian Consumer Law (“ACL”); and

    b) in connection with the supply or possible supply of homeopathic treatments or products (“
    Homeopathic Treatments”), and in connection with the promotion of the supply of Homeopathic Treatments, made false or misleading representations that the vaccine publicly available in Australia for whooping cough (“Vaccine”) is of a particular standard or quality in contravention of sections 29(1)(a) and (b) of the ACL, by publishing, or causing to be published, on the website http://www.homeopathyplus.com.au (“Website”):

    c) from 1 January 2011 until around 26 April 2012, an article entitled “Whooping Cough – Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment” (the“First Whooping Cough Article”) in which a representation was made to the effect that the Vaccine is short-lived, unreliable and no longer effective in protecting against whooping cough;

    d) from 11 January 2013 until around March 2013, an article entitled “Whooping Cough –
    Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment” (the “Second Whooping Cough Article”) in which a representation was made to the effect that the Vaccine may not be the best**



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    Cairsley says:

    I have tended to regard homoeopaths as cynical swindlers who sell their potions and pills to cheat people of their money, but, astonishingly enough, it does seem that some homoeopaths actually do believe in the efficacy of homoeopathy! These ones, then, are not cynical swindlers but deluded quacks, and as such they remain a serious danger to society.



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    Miserablegit says:

    Homeopathy 21st century’s very own quack remedy and of course in Britain we have our own champion of this garbage, the future king.



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  • Exactly. If homeopaths are going to claim that their crap is an actual drug therapy, then it should be subjected to the same rigorous trials as other drugs before it can be marketed and should be subject to the same regulations. But then, this is Australia, not the US.

    The ruling needs to go on step further and outlaw homeopathy as a medical practice. It should be on the same level as crystal therapy, aura-reading, and dowsing.



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  • Why are homeopathic “drugs” exempt from the FDA laws that demand proof of efficacy?

    This is a list of the dangers of homeopathic drugs. Specifically, the foundation of all homeopathic treatments involve the use of the solvent Di Hydrogen Monoxide. Why is this drug even allowed on the market. The FDA needs to act now to ban DHMO.

    Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
    Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
    Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
    DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
    Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
    Contributes to soil erosion.
    Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
    Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
    Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
    Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
    Given to vicious dogs involved in recent deadly attacks.
    Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere, and in hurricanes including deadly
    storms in Florida, New Orleans and other areas of the southeastern U.S.
    Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.




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  • I hope it is not an urban legend, but I understood that a student in the US of A had started a petition asking that DMHO be banned, pointing out the health risks above and noting that it was present in large quantities already in all the river systems and harbours in the US of A, and that the government was doing nothing about this appalling situation.

    He collected thousaands of signatures, apparently.



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  • I read his Bad Science some years ago. A very good book, which torpedoed several of the false views that many people hold about health and medicine , including the use of fish oils !



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  • David R Allen.
    I think I may have heard it at school….no surely not! Maybe when my kids were at school? I had heard it at some stage of my life before this point.



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