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'Grave concerns' raised after child treated with rabid dog saliva

'Grave concerns' raised after child treated with rabid dog saliva”

But health experts say that a Canadian homeopath took the idea too far-way, way too far. Anke Zimmermann used the most unlikely remedy against a little boy's bad behavior - rabid dog saliva.

So she prescribed him two pellets of Lyssinum 200CH, the remedy made from rabid dog saliva, which had gone through a process of dilution 200 times - so much that it would be "essentially impossible" for the original molecules to still be present in the remedy, Zimmermann asserted.

The tail fits with the scientifically implausible principles of homeopathy.

Zimmermann says she's now getting hate mail as a result of the controversial treatment.

Such a treatment would be a health risk to users, British Columbia provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry told The Washington Post on Wednesday. Moreover, she urges Health Canada to review Lyssinum as it might pose a "potential health risk to patients".

"More importantly, I am concerned that if a product did actually contain what is suggested, saliva from a rabid dog, that would put the patient at risk of contracting rabies, a serious, fatal illness".

Many health experts were surprised that Health Canada approved the method and are now fearful that this new remedy could possibly prevent actual medical treatments.

She thought the dog must have had ghost rabies.

Zimmermann said the young child, who she identified only as Jonah, had been bitten by a dog in the past and she suspected that it might have led to his problems.

According to Zimmermann, the mother delivered good news within a week: Jonah's restlessness had eased and his fears of werewolves were history. He was said to be violent, easily angered, and known for growling at people.

Henry wasn't aware of the substance before reading Zimmermann's post, but said she has already expressed concerns to the federal government about the regulation of homeopathic products. "My spirit is a hurricane!"

Zimmerman continued in her notes that anyone who may have been bitten by animal that had a rabies vaccination or did not could potentially suffer from an altered state similar to someone who has been infected by rabies. "This can include over-excitability, difficulties sleeping, aggression and various fears, especially of dogs or wolves", she wrote. This child presented a flawless picture of this type of rabies state. "It's possible that Jonah may need a few more doses of lyssinum or maybe other remedies in the future".

"The clinical evidence for the utility of product derived from rabid dog saliva is clearly lacking", Hoption Cann wrote in an email. Months later, the mother reported that Jonah's issues had improved-although they had not resolved entirely. "Bottom line: homeopathy can work wonders for children with behavioral disorders if the remedy can be clearly perceived". However, she stands by her decision.

"This child dramatically improved - the parents are very happy". "Isn't that something that's interesting? Shouldn't we be looking into that?" She added that the saliva was so diluted that it wouldn't contain any trace of rabies virus. "There's no way I can understand why we would have anything that was meant to be saliva of a rabid dog approved for use in this country".

Timothy Caulfield, a health law and policy professor at the University of Alberta, agreed, calling the claims "scientifically absurd".



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