A Canadian health practitioner claims that she treated the behavioral problems of a 4-year-old boy with a controversial homeopathic remedy – that's saliva from a rabid dog.
Recent claims have raised concern The medical community and the question of why saliva – known as Lyssinum, Lyssin or Hydrophobinum – has been approved by the Canadian government as a legitimate homeopathic product.
Anke Zimmermann from Victoria wrote in February on her blog that she used saliva last year to treat a preschooler who had trouble sleeping and behaving in the classroom. "His preschool complains that he hides under tables and growls," she wrote in the post.
Zimmermann said that the small child she identified only as Jonah had been bitten by a dog in the past and suspected it could have led to his problems.
"People who need Lyssinum, also known as Hydrophobinum, are often afraid of the dark, in front of dogs, even in front of water, have difficulty falling asleep and are overly excited." Aggression can also be a strong feature, like dreams of dogs, wolves and this can even develop into a complete psychosis, "she wrote.
So she ordered it.
"Jonah smiled at me very broad and beautiful, as if all the lights had been straight on," wrote Zimmermann. "We said goodbye and I felt a warm sense of hope for this boy."
Such treatment would be a health risk for users, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Commissioner of British Columbia, told the Washington Post on Wednesday] "There is no evidence that I know Lyssin has any therapeutic benefit," she said. "More importantly, I'm concerned that a salivary from a rabid dog carries the risk of contracting rabies when a product actually contains what is proposed, a serious, deadly disease."
Henry explained that rabies is "a serious reportable communicable disease that is almost universally deadly in humans and dogs and can be spread by saliva from an infected dog."
The naturopath said in her blog post that she decided to "administer a homeopathic remedy". made of rabies because the boy was bitten by a dog.
Just think about how a dog infected with rabies could feel – at the same time anxious and aggressive. A rabid dog will surely growl and try to bite other animals or humans. Plus, it does not want to bite its master, but can not help it. Wolves and foxes are natural hosts to rabies and the whole mythology surrounding werewolves can be directly linked to rabies.
Wolves are usually not aggressive towards humans, but a rabies-infected wolf can be very aggressive, a completely different creature, a form-shifter. In mythology, the bite of a werewolf can also turn other creatures into werewolves. The mythology about vampires is very similar.
Conclusion: Homeopathy can work wonders for children with behavioral problems if the remedy can be clearly perceived. Over the years, I've seen a number of similar cases that have helped me recognize the remedy so quickly in this case. Lyssinum aka Hydrophobinum is just one of many remedies that can help children with anger, aggression and various behavioral disorders. There are many others. The treatment must always be individualized.
Henry, a physician and clinical lecturer at the University of British Columbia, said she was also worried about Zimmermann's suggestion that the child's behavioral problems might be related to a dog bite.
"While I believe that homeopathy plays a complementary role in their health for some families, I am concerned that some people may delay or avoid proven effective treatments while relying solely on homeopathy," she said, adding Health Canada adds approval to saliva
The well-known gynecologist, Jen Gunter, also wrote about Zimmermann's contribution, criticizing her claims and the use of such a controversial homeopathic product.
Zimmermann could not be reached immediately for a comment Wednesday by The Post, but against criticism in an interview with Canadian Broadcasting Corp. pushed back. News.
"There is no common consensus on how the reme dies work, but that they work is pretty clear.There are literally hundreds of millions of people around the world who use homeopathy," she told the news organization.
Phillipa Stanaway, associate registrar at the College of Naturopathic Physicians in British Columbia, told HuffPost that Zimmermann is a licensed health practitioner and the Lyssinum told her that she was an accepted treatment.
"Lyssinum is not excluded from the pharmacopoeia for naturopathic physicians in BC," Stanaway said in an email to the news website. "Homeopathy, which involves the use of substances such as Lyssinum, is a traditional modality with a long history of naturopathic practice that is still used today by some naturopaths."