Via The Globe and Mail: University of Toronto instructor and speaker boosts ‘alternative vaccines’. Excerpt:
A homeopath who promotes ineffective “alternative vaccines” and counsels patients about the dangers of immunization is an instructor at the University of Toronto and a headline speaker at a university-sponsored conference on non-traditional health care on Saturday.
The university is facing intense criticism from public health experts who question why it is aligning itself with an anti-vaccine advocate and sponsoring a conference focusing on alternative health care, homeopathy and unproven complementary therapies.
“It’s staggering to me that U of T is providing a platform for the promotion of messages that are not only controversial messages, but unsafe,” said Yoni Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the university. “It’s hugely troublesome.”
Public health experts have been putting pressure on the federal government to remove homeopathic “vaccines” called nosodes from the market. Health Canada has approved more than 100 nosodes, which homeopaths and naturopaths promote as safe, effective alternatives to vaccines for measles and other illnesses. Health Minister Rona Ambrose said she has no plans to remove them, noting that nosode package labels are supposed to state they are not vaccine alternatives. Homeopaths who mix their own nosodes do not need to include the warning.
Toronto-based homeopath Beth Landau-Halpern is a health studies instructor and teaches a course in alternative medicine at U of T’s Scarborough campus, where her husband, Rick Halpern, is dean. Last year, she wrote a blog post on her clinic’s website about teaching fourth-year health studies students to have “a healthy degree of skepticism about the limits of science in understanding health and disease.”
On her website, Ms. Landau-Halpern has also written that “normal childhood illnesses like measles and chicken pox are almost always followed by massive developmental spurts” and to “avoid vaccinations” because they are “of questionable efficacy, full of ingredients that definitely should not be in the blood stream, and may compromise your general immunity irreparably.”