Queensland pharmacy academics have assisted a Courier-Mail investigation into homeopathic medicines for kids – which turned out to be made from sugar
The Courier-Mail investigated a Brisbane homeopath, Cyena Caruana, who it says sells “vaccination alternatives” for babies and children as well as adult travellers, claiming that they can be used to prevent infectious diseases including measles.
The newspaper bought vaccination and booster pilules from Ms Caruana’s Homeopathy at Home Facebook page, including a $251.50 Homeopathic Travel Kit.
It then brought them to AJP contributors Professor Lisa Nissen and Dr Esther Lau.
Prof Nissen and Dr Lau, from Queensland University of Technology, are referring the matter to the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Dr Lau’s report on the “medicines” found that “from these preliminary results, there is nothing to suggest the vaccines are different from sucrose.
“These vaccines would be useless at guarding against the diseases on the labels, and there is no biologically plausible explanation as to how these vaccines could possibly work.
“It is frightening to think that these products are on the market and that they are being sold as ‘vaccines’.”
Dr Lau and colleagues took 10 of the “vaccine” pilules and dissolved each in a millilitre of distilled water, then did a UV scan and compared them to white sugar.
“The premise of homeopathy is that the original material contained within the preparation is diluted over and over again, often to the point where none of the original material is contained within the preparation,” she said.
“Every time there is a dilution there is supposed to be a phase… which some believe imparts some kind of energy… into the water molecules.
“Of course, our analytical equipment would be unable to measure any such energy.”
Prof Nissen told the Courier-Mail’s Rose Brennan that “it’s dangerous for punters out there who don’t know any better”.
Ms Caruana told Ms Brennan that there is “a lot of clinical evidence” to support homeopathy.
“I’m sure in 10 years, 20 years’ time we will find that there is a evidence base for it — it’s just it hasn’t been discovered,” she said.
But Australian Medical Association of Queensland president Dr Chris Zappala attacked the sale of the “homeopathic” products, saying it was “unconscionable”.
He called for an investigation by the health ombudsman.
Meanwhile, the Government has removed private health subsidies from a range of alternative treatments, homeopathy included.
Read the full Courier-Mail report here.