Is Homeopathic Rabid Dog Saliva OK?

A naturopath is in hot water for prescribing a dangerous-sounding remedy, made by an unlicensed manufacturer:

Health Canada investigating after Victoria naturopath treats boy with rabid-dog saliva

…Zimmerman [the naturopath] said critics can’t have it both ways, when they criticize homeopathy.

“It either works or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t work, then it doesn’t matter what the remedies are made from, because if it’s just water, who cares. If it does work, then we really should look at the great potential homeopathy has.”

Of course, she’s assuming that the product was prepared properly, and that the pills contained none of the original ingredient (i.e., rabid dog saliva). Quality control is rather important here.

And further, questions like this are not a license to conduct uncontrolled experiments on the children of anxious parents. At best they’re a reason to conduct careful scientific research, which is emphatically not what Zimmerman was doing.

About Chris MacDonald

I'm a philosopher who teaches at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto, Canada. Most of my scholarly research is on business ethics and healthcare ethics.

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