Earlier this week Health Canada issued a formal statement on “homeopathic” remedies being peddled as alternatives for vaccines. In a statement issued March 06, 2019 the agency says it is “concerned” about fraudulent claims being used to hawk homeopathic nosodes as a way to prevent infections.
In fact, says the agency, homeopathy is not, nor has it ever been, formally recognized as safe or effective as an alternative to any vaccine. And in Canada, no homeopathic remedy can be legally marketed as such.
The remedies are often attached to the buzzword “homeoprophylaxis,” which belivers say describes how homeopathic remedies impart “energetic stimulation” to the body, increasing the body’s natural immunity to a particular infection. They often falsely claim that homeoprophylaxis has been scientifically proven in countries like Japan.
Health Canada says they are following up on reports of such claims and will “take action” against sellers and marketers.
Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Health Canada require special wording on homeopathic labels. In Canada, that wording must include these declarations:
- “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.”