Canadian watchdog urges pulling of homeopathic vaccine alternatives

Bad Science Watch, an independent non-profit consumer protection organization, called on Health Canada on Friday to revoke the product licenses of homeopathic vaccine alternatives.

The organization is contributing to National Immunization Awareness Week 2013 by reminding Canadians that the products, known as nosodes, are weakening efforts for national immunization. Bad Science Watch's Stop Nosodes campaign is supported by the UBC School of Population and Public Health, Alberta Health Services, the BC Center for Disease Control and multiple prominent scientists.

"By licensing nosodes Health Canada undermines its own policies and is working against its own efforts to promote vaccination," Michael Kruse, the campaign director and co-founder of Bad Science Watch, said. "We must stop putting Canadian families at unnecessary risk and ban these products."

Nosodes are homeopathic preparations developed from the diseased blood, pus, tissue or excretions of a sick animal or human. The material is diluted until there is often none left in the end solution and the preparation is sprayed on pills of milk sugar prior to distribution. Health Canada currently licenses at least 82 nosode products.

Bad Science Watch said there is no strong evidence to prove the preparations can prevent diseases like tuberculosis, polio, whooping cough and measles. Low vaccination rates led to multiple outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases throughout Canada in the last few years.