Health Canada is cracking down on the sale of so-called homeopathic vaccines that are falsely promoted by some naturopaths and homeopaths as safer and more effective than traditional vaccines.
The department has altered the document that outlines how homeopathic vaccines should be used, saying they must now contain the following warning: “This product is not intended to be an alternative to vaccination.”
In an email statement, Health Canada said it decided to add a warning to nosode labels after hearing from health care professionals concerned the products were “being used and promoted off-label as a substitution for vaccination.” The department has also received advertising complaints over the marketing of nosodes as “natural” alternative vaccines. All companies that sell nosodes have received warning letters that they must comply with the new regulations by March 2014.
Williams said the move to tighten regulations around nosodes is an important step, but that there are numerous other examples of dubious natural health products on the market that need to be looked at. He urges consumers to be vigilant in order to protect themselves from potentially problematic products and to consult with their doctors and local health authorities.
If it’s not an alternative, why do they exist? What is the purpose other than to confuse people? Problematic is an understatement.