Stop Nosodes Campaign Launched Today

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After months of research and hard work from all of our volunteers at Bad Science Watch, we have launched the public phase of our campaign to stop the sale of homeopathic nosodes sold as “vaccine alternatives” in Canada.  The website www.stopnosodes.org explains the position of Bad Science Watch and lays out the total lack of evidence for most of the products.  Despite this, as I spoke about in my SN article about these dangerous products, Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Directorate approves around 82 of these products for sale and several Canadian Homeopaths are promoting these products to prevent influenza and other dangerous infectious disease.


The concerned public has several options to engage with the Government of Canada to force them to de-register these products.  Our website urges the public to send a letter to the Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, or if you are a member of an academic institution, a scientist, or a public health professional, to sign our petition.

One of the more exciting developments is the updates made by a Bad Science Watch volunteer to Simon Perry’s FishBarrel plug-in for Google’s Chrome browser.  The plug-in streamlines the complaint process so when the user finds a dubious scientific claim on a website, they can snap a screen shot, enter their complaint and automatically send it to Canada’s Competition Bureau.  As well, we have added functionality to send the same complaint to Advertising Standards Canada.  Users are urged to copy info@badsciencewatch.ca with the complaint so we can understand how both agencies are doing in their efforts to combat bad advertising on the internet.

The Stop Nosodes campaign is the first attempt in Canadian science advocacy to attempt systemic change in order to combat bad science in public policy.  Please visit www.badsciencewatch.ca orwww.stopnosodes.org for more information.

Written By: Michael Kruse
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5 COMMENTS

  1. I see that the results of anti-vax crap info, are showing up in Wales!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22015941

    The number of people diagnosed with measles in an area at the centre of an epidemic has passed the 500 mark, Public Health Wales (PHW) says.

    Latest figures show there are now 541 cases in and around Swansea.

    The figures have gone up by more than 100 in a week and health experts are urging parents to ensure their children receive the MMR vaccine.

    The epidemic has also prompted some babies to be offered the jab seven months earlier than recommended.

    PHW said that cases continue to be reported across Wales, with the majority in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Powys and Hywel Dda health board areas.

    It warned that the risk of unvaccinated children coming into contact with those already infected is “increasing every day”.

    It added that it was “just a matter of time” before a child was left with serious and permanent complications, such as eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, or even dies.

    • In reply to #1 by Alan4discussion:

      I see that the results of anti-vax crap info, are showing up in Wales!http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22015941The number of people diagnosed with measles in an area at the centre of an epidemic has passed the 500 mark, Public Health Wales (PHW) says.Latest figures show there are now 541 cases in and around Swansea.The figures have gone up by more than 100 in a week and health experts are urging parents to ensure their children receive the MMR vaccine.The epidemic has also prompted some babies to be offered the jab seven months earlier than recommended.PHW said that cases continue to be reported across Wales, with the majority in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg, Powys and Hywel Dda health board areas.It warned that the risk of unvaccinated children coming into contact with those already infected is “increasing every day”.It added that it was “just a matter of time” before a child was left with serious and permanent complications, such as eye disorders, deafness or brain damage, or even dies.

      I wish, I really, really wish, that one of those parents would sue the arse off smug lying, money grubbing, bastard Andrew Wakefield. Who, according to Saturdays paper, has moved to the US where he is continuing his vaccine scam under the guise of running autistic charities. And now he’s widened his little empire and his loony ideas to detoxing and selling dodgy ‘treatments’ for autism. Including chelation therapies to remove so called excess metals in autistic children, – which are only licensed for heavy metal poisoning and which have already killed one child!

      And yet he retains such a loyal band of followers. Why?

      Please let some parents sue him!!!

      • In reply to #4 by atheistengineer:

        In reply to #1 by Alan4discussion:

        I wish, I really, really wish, that one of those parents would sue the arse off smug lying, money grubbing, bastard Andrew Wakefield. Who, according to Saturdays paper, has moved to the US where he is continuing his vaccine scam under the guise of running autistic charities. And now he’s widened his little empire and his loony ideas to detoxing and selling dodgy ‘treatments’ for autism. Including chelation therapies to remove so called excess metals in autistic children, – which are only licensed for heavy metal poisoning and which have already killed one child!

        And yet he retains such a loyal band of followers. Why?

        I suppose it is because the USA is the land of the cowboy and “free-enterprise” quackology! There are plenty of anti-science-establishment conspiracy theorists, and woo-thinking mugs!

        He can’t work in the UK as a doctor, because he has been struck off the medical register for misconduct! The UK press will jump on and trample, any scam which is associated with his name!

        On 28 January 2010, a five-member statutory tribunal of the GMC found three dozen charges proved, including four counts of dishonesty and 12 counts involving the abuse of developmentally challenged children.[9] The panel ruled that Wakefield had “failed in his duties as a responsible consultant”, acted both against the interests of his patients, and “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in his published research.[10][11][12] The Lancet immediately and fully retracted his 1998 publication on the basis of the GMC’s findings, noting that elements of the manuscript had been falsified.[13] Wakefield was struck off the Medical Register in May 2010, with a statement identifying dishonest falsification in The Lancet research,[14] and is barred from practising medicine in the UK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew-Wakefield

  2. Wilful ignorance, unfortunately, is not confined to the religious. My daughter was not immunised against measles for reasons to do with her mother’s medical history. She got measles, and luckily she was OK. It was a considered choice, nothing to do with woo. I just hope that decision hasn’t helped the spread of that potentially disastrous disease, measles. This was some years ago.

    People like Andy Wakefield certainly haven’t helped by spreading scare stories about vaccines.

  3. @A4D

    while debating with a lady who didn’t vaccinate her children on the subject on the guardian forum some time ago, it was clear that no amount of peer reviewed citations was going to change the mind of someone who trusts information on the basis of how large the print is alone.

    maybe the most disturbing rebuttal I recieved after suggesting that even if the wakefield report had a glimmer of credibility, it should still not stop people vaccinating their children on the basis of herd immunity and the fact that autism is not something to fear as much as a life-threatening illness was “better a dead child than a half living one”.

    anti-vaxxers are the scum of the earth. i can’t even give them the same empathy i could to religious since there’s no organised childhood indoctrination involved or cultural pressure

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