Actually, it’s more than two birds. Homeopaths in Britain are proposing that Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination be replaced by homeopathic remedies. As if there aren’t enough problems getting people to take vaccinations without Jenny McCarthy and Andrew Wakefield spreading falsehoods about them. Now homeopaths are trying to save children with really expense bottles of water.
Homeopathy claims to treat disease symptoms by using greatly diluted forms of herbs and minerals, but the three practitioners said they could even prevent illness.
Homeopath Katie Jarvis, who is based in Inverness, said she offered ‘homeopathic prophylaxis’ to patients who said they were interested, which could be given ‘instead of or as well as the vaccination.’
‘The alternative that I would offer would be a homeopathic remedy made from diseased tissue, that comes from someone with that disease, and then made into potentised form so that is given in a homeopathic remedy,’ she said.
“Severely diluted”! That’s an understatement.
First of all, there is no active ingredient in typical homeopathic remedies. The dilution process removes all the active ingredient.
Secondly, how is “diseased tissue” from someone who had measles, mumps, or rubella going to help you. This is just complete nonsense.
Luckily, the British Medical Association is calling nonsense:
Doctors said the practices, which were revealed by a BBC investigation, were ‘extremely worrying’.
Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the British Medical Association’s director of science and ethics, said: ‘It could persuade families that their children are safe and protected when they’re not. And some of those children will go on to get the illness and could even die.’
Even the Homeopathic Medical Association is saying Jarvis’s remedy is dangerous:
The findings emerged after the BBC spoke to the six members of the Homeopathic Medical Association in Scotland, which has 300 members in the UK.
Replacing conventional vaccines with homeopathic alternatives has been condemned by the Faculty of Homeopathy, who said there was no proof the remedies could prevent disease.
Finally, if there’s no proof that remedies could prevent disease, why are they practice it?