Homeopathy leaves us deluded by diluted remedies: André Picard
2019-05-13 from theglobeandmail.com
Anke Zimmermann, a Victoria-based “naturopathic physician,” published a blog post in which she recounted treating a four-year-old boy who was acting out violently and having nightmares about werewolves by giving him homeopathic tablets made from the saliva of a rabid dog.
The alternative-medicine practitioner boasted that the treatment was successful and the preschooler had been brought “back into a more human state from a slightly rabid dog state.”
When the media reported on this claim and health officials reacted with outrage, Ms. Zimmermann responded by saying the saliva was so diluted that it contained no trace of rabies.
In other words, what the boy received was nothing but a sugar pill.
Was the treatment dangerous, in that it theoretically exposed a child to rabies, or was the product of dubious value because the active ingredient was so watered down?
Neither is a good look for a medicine.
Ms. Zimmermann took down her original blog post and replaced it with an attack on the media for their “salacious” coverage.
She said the real story was: “Wonderful news: Child greatly helped by a safe, effective, homeopathic remedy costing pennies.”
It would be easy to shrug off this case as a self-important rogue practitioner.
But the real tragedy here is that Ms. Zimmermann is practising homeopathy – a “complementary” therapy that has way more legitimacy and popularity than it deserves.
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