Alternative Medicine


Explanatory labeling for homeopathic products in Canada

Good news out of Canada. But will labeling help?

Homeopathic products promoted to parents will need to be clear they are not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines, Health Canada says.

The department announced Friday it is introducing label changes for certain homeopathic products.

Health Canada said it will also no longer allow 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.

Source: Nosode homeopathic labels must read ‘not vaccines or alternatives to vaccines:’ Health Canada

Tip: F. Dubois

Practitioner of bee sting therapy accused of negligence


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Complaints against Burzynski Clinic now at 5 individuals


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Acupuncture clinic violations show the risk clearly isn’t worth it


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Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to “sneak into” a hospital


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Alternative cancer doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez, has died: “Health Nut” fans baseless fears


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Fake Cancer Doctor Arrested in California

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Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Clement in the hot seat in Florida.

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Child died from complication from ear infection; parents face criminal charges

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