Currently, parts of Canada are facing a measles outbreak that has resulted in at least 11 confirmed cases, particularly in BC. There have also been other cases confirmed in Toronto and the Northwest Territories. This outbreak is such a concern that theCanadian government has issued a new warning about the dangers of homeopathic alternatives to vaccines. That's because the main issue behind all these outbreaks is vaccines, especially the large number of Canadians who are unvaccinated. 

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The warning comes from Health Canada who says that they are "concerned about false claims being made in some marketing of homeopathic remedies." Specifically, they are talking about nosodes. Nosodes are a homeopathic remedy that is usually given in a tablet or drop form. They are made of bodily fluids like blood, pus, or saliva from someone who has a certain disease, like measles. The bodily fluid is then diluted and processed so much that there is no trace of the disease left, according to health experts

None the less, these have been sold to people are an alternative to traditional vaccines. In fact, according to Health Canada, some homeopathic practitioners here in Canada have been promoting nosodes saying that they will protect people, especially children, from diseases. Health Canada says this isn't the case. 

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The government warns Canadians that there is no evidence to support these nosodes or their effectiveness in preventing disease. They even go as far as to say "no homeopathic products should be promoted as an alternative to vaccines because there are no substitutes for vaccines."

On top of that, they remind Canadians that traditional vaccines are "the very best way to prevent serious infectious diseases and to protect yourself, your family and your community."

According to Health Canada if you or your child was only given nosodes instead of their regular immunizations they are at risk for developing diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, polio, and other serious illnesses that children are typically vaccinated against. 

They say that if you fall into this category you should speak to a health care professional immediately about any concerns you have in terms of actually getting vaccinated. 

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On top of this recent warning about the dangers of nosodes, Health Canada also has packaging requirements for nosodes that make it clear they aren't alternatives to vaccines. 

The packaging of these homeopathic products must include all of the following:

  • This product is neither a vaccine nor an alternative to vaccination.
  •  This product has not been proven to prevent infection.
  • Health Canada does not recommend its use in children and advises that your child receive all routine vaccinations.

Health Canada also revealed that they are currently looking into any recent marketing of nosodes in Canada to ensure they are complying with these labelling guidelines. They encourage any Canadians with information on products that don't meet these guidelines to officially report it to them. 

Source: Health Canada