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Health Canada is finally making (baby) steps toward better informing the public when it comes to homeopathy.
As readers of the blog should know by now, homeopathy is based on really silly, counterfactual beliefs that, if true, would lead to a complete rewrite of biology and chemistry textbooks.
Despite this, Health Canada routinely approves homeopathic remedies for sale in Canada.
On July 31, 2015, it introduced “label changes” for certain homeopathic preparations.
Labels on nosodes, which are homeopathic preparations of heavily diluted infectious pus and spit sold as natural alternatives to vaccines, will have to mention this: “This product is neither a vaccine nor an alternative to vaccination. This product has not been proven to prevent infection. Health Canada does not recommend its use in children and advises that your child receive all routine vaccinations.” The change is effective January 1, 2016.
Secondly, “Health Canada is no longer allowing companies to make specific health claims on homeopathic products for cough, cold, and flu for children 12 and under, unless those claims are supported by scientific evidence.” This simply means that these products, like most natural health products, will have to resort to vague claims such as “helps with” and “can be used as part of”.
While this is a step in the right direction, I feel the need to point out that these useless preparations will still carry a Health Canada product number and will continue to be sold in Canada.
Health Canada does not recommend the use of nosodes in children but continues to allow for their sale. Just like cigarettes.
Dear Prof. Eisen,
my name is Dr. Stefan Lanka from Germany and in 1987, as a jung student of biology I isolated the first so called giant virus out of the sea, the Ectocaropus siliculosus virus with its circular 335 kbp dsDNA genome.
Would you be so kind as to help me in my issues?
In searching the origins of viruses, me, my professors and others realised that so called human viruses never were isolated and typical molecules of cells used in the protocols to "isolate" them were mistaken as viral.
Since then I successfully did research what are the real causes of so called human viral diseases.
In a court case on the existance of the so called measles virus, a jung medical doctor claimed that in six publications there is the scientific proof of the existance of the measles virus.
In reading the six papers you will realise that in these papers (and others) there is no such thing as a measles virus.
My question: Would you act as a referee in this court case in Germany?
If yes, here you will find the six papers:
Thanks a lot!
Dr. Stefan Lanka
The State of Vermont officially says “no” to philosophical objections to vaccination:
“Like most states, Vermont currently offers parents an exemption for medical conditions and one for religious beliefs. It has been one of about twenty states that allow for philosophical exemptions, and the majority of exemptions in Vermont have been for philosophical reasons.”
Vermont’s Governor has signed a piece of legislation that removes philosophical exemptions from its vaccination law.
You can read Michael Specter’s short article in The New Yorker here.
A parent choosing to exempt their child from vaccination for philosophical reasons is not unlike a company choosing to exempt themselves from carbon-cutting measures. It’s saying, “We don’t believe in the science; we believe in freedom for all no matter the consequences; and we will carry on being a danger to the world because of our scientific illiteracy.”
Vermont is taking a step in the right direction. Let’s see who follows.
In the wake of the recent devastating earthquakes, PLOS Medicine Consulting Editor Lorenz von Seidlein visited Nepal to assess outbreak risks. Lorenz travelled with Anuj Bhattachan, International Vaccine Institute, Seoul, Korea and guidance from Deepak C. Bajracharya and Shyam Raj Upreti … Continue reading
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The Patient Education Office of the McGill University Health Centre has just released a video to educate the public on the importance of vaccination. And who guides us through the mechanism of action of one of our most effective public health measures? Dr. Christopher Labos… in cartoon form.
If you like the video, please send it to your friends and family. You don’t need a Ph.D. to understand it; this is meant to be understood by the population at large.
And damn you, Dr. Labos, for getting drawn before me. I’m calling Matt Groening.
Many of us of a certain age have vivid memories of the “diseases of childhood.” We remember missing weeks of school, sky-high fevers, spots and pox, cheeks so puffed from mumps that eating was impossible, for days. Our mothers, for … Continue reading
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