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Local Homeopath is an Anti-Vaxxer. I am shocked! Shocked I say!

Recently, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care put out an ad campaign to encourage certain people to get the MMR catch-up vaccine. They also set up many free MMR (they advertise only the mumps portion of the vaccine) clinics.

This has made the local anti-vaxxers none too happy.

In a recent blog post, Allyson McQuinn, a local homeopath at the “Arcanum Wholistic Clinic”, decided to bash to Ontario government’s decision to promote the catch-up MMR shot.

She begins:

Take a look at the insanity being circulated at our local health department here in Ottawa. This is botched science at its best. The thinking being that if one dose doesn’t work, just give more! Sort of like spanking a child.

First of all, non-sequitur. Second, Mrs. McQuinn is completely misrepresenting the government’s recommendation of the two-dose schedule. The two-dose schedule for the MMR vaccine has been suggested in the past and has been used in other countries. Finland has been using it since 1982.  And not for the reason Mrs. McQuinn seems to think. The two-dose schedule has been proven effective in long-term follow-up studies .  It has been proven effective through studying the outcome of outbreaks.  And through examination of antibody levels in single and double vaccinated individuals.

Mrs McQuinn continues:

Also, if Mumps is what is needing to be addressed, why are they also proposing to re-immunize against Measles and Rubella (German Measles)? The latter has not reared it’s ugly little head for over 50 years and has been in fact declared “eradicated”.

THE MMR vaccine bundles these three immunities to make it more convenient and cost-effective to the patient. They are bundled because they are given at the same time in the vaccine schedule. Surely anti-vaxxers would at least approve of this three-in-one vaccine rather than subjecting the poor children to three times the preservatives and toxins if it were given in three separate shots. *roll eyes*

She states that Rubella has not “reared [its] ugly little head for over 50 years”. Except just a little over 3 and a half years ago there was an outbreak of Rubella in her own home province of Ontario.  Oops. And the elimination of endemic transmission of MM&R from the Americas has been all but achieved, however that does not mean throughout the world, and infection from foreign sources is still possible. There’s no “MMR Eradicator 2000″ posted at the borders, that’s what the two doses of the vaccine are for.

McQuinn goes on to sell her particular brand of quackery to the reader:

As you all know we use safe, proven homeopathic remedies to cure the underlying cause and also apply the same principled, lawful science to prevent Mumps on the basis of Homoprophylaxis. We can do this safely and effectively with any childhood illness you would like to prevent in your child.

“Homoprophylaxis” (sic) huh? Lawful science? Show me this science you speak of. I want placebo controlled, double blinded studies published in peer reviewed journals. And I don’t mean one of the many “Journals of Quackery”.

Somehow I sense that any response to that would be a bunch of anecdotes and testimonials. *sigh*

1 comment to Local Homeopath is an Anti-Vaxxer. I am shocked! Shocked I say!

  • Ben Albert

    If one dose works insufficiently, and there is evidence that two doses works better, which there is, then it is rational to offer two doses.

    We have had such a schedule in New Zealand for a long time.

    Most amusing for me was this:

    “As you all know we use safe, proven homeopathic remedies to cure the underlying cause”

    What, prey tell is the underlying cause of Mumps if not mumps virus? Presumably they would make a waffly claim about insufficiently boosted immune systems, or unnamed toxins.

    Also amused by this

    “We can do this safely and effectively with any childhood illness you would like to prevent in your child”

    This really is an incredible claim. One we would be suspicious of anyone making, nevermind someone you trades in magic water. Infact because the water is evaporated off a pill, their magic water remedies cannot even cure thirst!

    -Dr Ben

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