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We are happy to report that as a result of the pressure put on Health Canada by the Stop Nosodes campaign, national media attention, and your letters and petition, the Natural Health Products Directorate has taken a step to curb the sale of nosodes as vaccine alternatives and amended the guidelines for nosode licensing! Product labels are now required to warn:
“This product is not intended to be an alternative to vaccination.”
The lack of such a warning was a major point of criticism in Bad Science Watch’s submission for the consultation on the draft new guidelines. While this new warning will not fully protect the public from the marketing of these products, it is a step in the right direction that we are glad the NHPD has taken. Please find more information here.
H omeopaths and naturopaths who use homeopathy in their practice offer preparations called “nosodes” that they claim, among other things, are capable of preventing infectious diseases. Using homeopathy for this purpose is known as “homeoprophylaxis”. Some homeopaths even claim that nosodes can serve as effective replacements or alternatives to standard vaccinations. Currently there are over 179 different nosode products that have been approved for sale by Health Canada under the Natural Health Product Regulations. At least 82 of these contain nosodes being used for the prevention of diseases like influenza, pertussis, measles, and polio.
However, the scientific evidence shows that people that choose a homeopathic alternative to standard vaccinations are not protected from infectious diseases. Even worse, because these products do not provide protection, relying on their use would actually increase the risk of contracting and spreading infectious diseases.
Bad Science Watch wants Health Canada to stop approving nosodes for sale in Canada, as there is no scientific evidence supporting claims that nosodes are effective vaccine replacements.
We have to spread the word that nosodes do not protect against infectious diseases and their use instead of vaccines puts our children and our communities at risk.
While the active part of this project of Bad Science Watch has ended (June 2013) we would like to encourage you to engage with Health Canada and continue to let them know that this issue is important.