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article imageWhy Canadian homeopaths can sell unproven vaccine alternatives

By David Silverberg     Nov 28, 2014 in Health
An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show Marketplace reveals some alternative health practitioners are offering unproven vaccine "alternatives" to parents. Also, they are downplaying the danger of ailments such as measles.
The treatments profiled in the show "are not approved by Health Canada as alternatives to immunization," a CBC report writes.
Marketplace airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBC TV.
The journalists visited homeopathic practitioners to learn about a treatment called"nosodes," dubbed as vaccine alternatives. The homeopaths said the treatment is as effective as vaccines against diseases such as measles, polio and whooping cough, which is severely contagious and can be deadly for infants.
CBC News writes:
Nosodes are made when diseased tissue or excretions are diluted to the point where any trace of the original substance may not be present. Homeopathic practitioners argue that the memory of the original substance is enough to create immunity. Public health groups have been critical of this approach.
The Globe & Mail writes: "The major concerns are that nosodes can divert people from traditional vaccination campaigns, give people a false sense of security and hasten the spread of infectious disease.."
Also troubling to the Marketplace team was the lack of information homeopaths were legally obliged to disclose about these vaccine alternatives. Last year, Health Canada mandated that manufactured homeopathic products contain a warning label that makes it understandable that nosodes are not considered healthy alternatives to vaccination.
But Marketplace found that Health Canada doesn’t require homeopaths to make a similar disclosure when the product is prepared specifically for a patient.
Some of these treatments in Canada cost between $16 for a single bottle and $200 for a complete course of treatment covering multiple illnesses.
Marketplace journalists used hidden cameras during their consultations with homeopaths, filming the practitioners saying how the efficacy of nosodes was equivalent to vaccines. Several homeopaths told parents that the treatments were more than 90 percent effective.
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