Homeopathic vaccine warning labels not enough, doctors tell Health Canada

Feb 28, 2015

By CBC News

Ineffective homeopathic alternatives to vaccines should be taken off the market because they are a dangerous distraction, public health officials urge as infectious diseases such as measles make a comeback.

Some naturopaths, homeopaths and chiropractors sell homeopathic nosodes described as a diluted remedy of bacteria or virus. They are most often given orally, but can be injected as well.

Health Canada says the packages need to be labelled with a warning: “This product is not intended to be an alternative to vaccination.”

Last year, CBC-TV’s Marketplace found homeopathic practitioners telling parents nosodes were as effective as vaccines against diseases such as measles, polio and pertussis (whooping cough), which is highly contagious and can be fatal for infants.

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7 comments on “Homeopathic vaccine warning labels not enough, doctors tell Health Canada

  • Hahaha… This morning my dental assistant told me she was treating her conjunctivitis with eyedrops she got at some store. I looked at the bottle, saw the word “homeopathic” below the list of three “active” ingredients (all “6X”), and told her she’d spent $12 on a bottle of water.


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  • Naturopathic practitioners of these placebos were given time on CBC radio to flog their products, using double talk to say they were not actual vaccines, just medicines used to treat when disease symptoms appeared.

    They are PLACEBOS for X’s sake. The point is their doubletalk is befuddling the public who are using them in record numbers in place of real vaccines. We would not even allow people to sell strawberry jam that did not contain strawberries. Why are these crooks still in business?

    How else do you explain it but corruption of government employees or political parties?

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  • Think how many over the counter medicines there are that do nothing, not even relieve symptoms.

    These companies have a vested interest in the right to sell non-effective medicines. They are likely where the big bucks are coming from to protect the homeopathic con men.

    Think of all the phony weight loss treatments and phony pain relievers you have seen on the pharmacy shelves.

    This casualness erodes real drugs too. Manufacturers are permitted to ignore any studies that do not prove effectiveness until they find enough that do.

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  • The key rule should be a company should not be able to make false claims on the box, or in ads for a product, and that would include a food, drug, shave cream or computer program.

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