A few days ago I wrote about the British Columbia naturopath, Dr. Anke Zimmermann, who claims to have cured a boy’s aggression and fear of monsters, something she called a “rabies state” (no really, she wrote that), with ultra dilute saliva from a rabid dog (no really, she also wrote that).
According to Dr. Zimmermann the boy was bitten by a dog and she surmised that perhaps the dog had recently been vaccinated against rabies and so the negative energy of the bite or even the killed rabies virus somehow afflicted the boy.
As I previously pointed out this is, well, impossible, however, naturopaths despite being all about nature are not actually bound by the laws of nature and so…
Dr. Zimmermann claimed in her post that she used lyssinum (also called lyssin or hydrophobium, which totally sounds like the material that will threaten the universe in the next film in the DC Universe) from Helios Homeopathy in the U.K.
An astute friend on Twitter, @UKHomeopathyReg, who has a website that details some of the utter madness of homeopathy (there’s a lot to detail), pointed out that this specific “medication” may not be licensed for use in Canada.
Health products administered to patients in Canada are regulated under the Canadian Food and Drugs Act to ensure Canadians are getting a safe product and not something with too much eye of newt that fell off the back of a broomstick in Knockturn Alley. This applies to all drugs as well as homeopathic “remedies,” which are licensed as natural health products. One can buy an unlicensed product off the Internet for personal use, however, one cannot as a doctor turn around and use that unlicensed product on a patient. If you want to administer a homeopathic product to a patient you must have an appropriate license and purchase it from an approved source or purchase it from someone who has imported an approved product correctly.
All snark aside, people have suffered serious consequences from comtaminated and counterfeit medications. Knowing exactly what you are administering is vital.
There is a drug and health product registry in Canada so you can make sure your preferred brand of sugar water or sugar pill that may or may not contain traces of rabies saliva is all approved and legal! Yeah Canada!
Lyssinum and hydrophobium turned up no results in this database, but there are two approved brands of lyssin in Canada. Just think, not one but two approved brands of super dilute rabies saliva to treat werewolfism in Canada. What a time to be alive!
Helios is, however, not one of them.
There are several approved Helios products, but lyssin or lyssinum or Lex Luthor’s next big surprise is not one.
I reached out to Dr. Zimmermann on Facebook where she replied that she obtained the lyssin “from Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy.”
As Dr. Zimmermann wrote that “within a minute or two of giving him the remedy” the child was smiling at her it sure sounds like she dispensed the lyssin in her office from stock. If she really administered lyssin obtained from Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy in the U.K. that does not appear to be okay with Health Canada.
Hopefully Dr. Zimmerman will clarify this in her next interview.
Maybe the Mnister of Health in British Columbia can also look into the dispensing of unapproved medications?
***UPDATE*** April 20, 2018
Health Canada has opened and investigation as they agree Helios Lyssin is not licensed for use in Canada.