by Christina England
October 22, 2010
Many parents considering vaccination for their children, either choose to vaccinate or not to vaccinate. Parents are often unaware that they could choose homeopathic vaccination as an alternative option. This method of vaccination however, is not only frowned upon by the medical profession but positively loathed by the pharmaceutical industry. Doctors are saying that homeopathic vaccines are unsafe and should not be used as an alternative to conventional vaccination. One homeopath Dr Kate Jarvis from Inverness has strong and differing opinions however, she has told the BBC, that she is happy to offer homeopathic vaccines to any parent who expresses an interest. She has infuriated doctors by offering a homeopathic option to the MMR.
In an interview with Samantha Poling BBC Scotland Dr Jarvis said:
“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.
I’m not advocating that they do not take the vaccination, I am providing support for those who choose not to by giving them an alternative.
When asked if the homeopathic remedy offered the same protection as the MMR, she replied: “I’d like to say that they were safer, but I can’t prove that.”
The British Medical Associations director of science and ethics Dr Vivienne Nathanson is worried that by following this advice parents could believe that their children were safe and protected when in actual fact they are not. She said to the BBC:
“Replacing proven vaccines, tested vaccines, vaccines that are used globally and we know are effective with homeopathic alternatives where there is no evidence of efficacy, no evidence of effectiveness, is extremely worrying. This is because it could persuade families that their children are safe and protected when they’re not.”
In February 2010 M.P.’s urged the UK government to withdraw funding for homeopathic treatment.The House of Commons science and technology committee challenged the government to live by its evidence-based principles and withdraw all National Health Service funding from homeopathic treatment. The committee accused the government of failing to abide by the principle that it’s policies should be evidence-based, saying that there was no evidence to show that homeopathy was effective.
Phil Willis chairman told the government:
“The weight of evidence shows that homeopathy works no better than placebo”
The full story of the debate can be read in the Guardian in the article Stop funding homeopathy M.P.’s urge
So are British M.P.’s and the medical profession right to be concerned and could parents be fooled into believing that homeopathic vaccinations are safer and a viable option?