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Doctors call on Canadian government to stop funding programme sending homeopaths to Honduras

Published on 04/03/19 at 10:47am

Canadian physicians have called on the federal government to review its funding for a programme which sends volunteer homeopaths to Honduras.

Since 2015, the Quebec-based non-profit Terre Sans Frontières (TSF) has been spending $70,000 in aid money from the Government of Canada body Global Affairs Canada on sending more than a dozen homeopaths to Honduras.

The homeopaths are claim they can treat Chagas disease and other serious infectious diseases.

Dr Zain Chaglas, a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, commented: “There is no evidence that what they're using is anything more than diluted water. It's a placebo, and we're talking about a disease that can again kill and cause a significant amount of scarring down the line.”

Homeopathy, a pseudoscientific system of alternative medicine developed by the German doctor Samuel Hahnemann in 1796, has been widely discredited.

Dr Benjamin Klein, a paediatrician who is a member of the Canada-Honduras Children's Health Initiative argued that the government should stop funding the programme.

“It's quackery. From a Canadian point of view, it's also very concerning that you know our reputation might be compromised and people might look on our team with suspicion,” Klein said.

Louis Goss

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