Homeopathy dominates this year’s conversations with industry stakeholders and the public. Homeopathy also still dominates the arena of misunderstanding. When a recent Health Product InfoWatch from Health Canada landed our attention we asked a homeopath, who is part of the regulatory College of Homeopathy, to help us respond. The notice sent to anyone who subscribes to Health Canada’s Recalls and Safety Alerts received this, “Health Canada is concerned about false claims being made in some marketing of homeopathic remedies, known as nosodes, stating that the product can prevent infectious diseases. Nosodes are not, and never have been, approved by Health Canada to be vaccine alternatives.”
The question of alternatives to vaccination has long been controversial, especially in the eyes of the media when focused on alternative health practitioners. Some homeopaths and naturopaths have been labeled ‘anti-vaxxers’, although the vast majority are not.