Fury as Royal Chemist backs homeopathy over vac­ci­na­tion

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Eleanor Hay­ward and Guy Adams

THE Queen’s chemist has been con­demned as‘ danger­ous and ir­re­spon­si­ble’ for claim­ing home­o­pathic reme­dies can pro­vide a ‘com­plete al­ter­na­tive to vac­ci­na­tion’.

Ainsworths, which has two royal war­rants, prints and sells a book for new moth­ers which claims homeopathy ‘will strengthen the child’s im­mune sys­tem more ably than any vac­cine’.

The 114-page guide, which has the coat of arms for the Queen and the Prince of Wales printed on its cover, also claims that vac­cine-pre­ventable in­fec­tious dis­eases in­clud­ing mumps and measles can be treated ho­moeo­path­i­cally.

In ad­di­tion, the phar­macy sells tablets which are of­ten pro­moted by other home­opaths as al­ter­na­tives to vac­ci­na­tion for se­ri­ous dis­eases in­clud­ing measles, po­lio and menin­gi­tis.

Last night lead­ing doc­tors crit­i­cised Ainsworths for pro­mot­ing ‘ir­re­spon­si­ble an­ti­vac­cine pro­pa­ganda’ and putting the health of chil­dren at risk. It now faces calls for its royal war­rants – mean­ing it has sup­plied prod­ucts to the two royal house­holds for at least five years – to be with­drawn.

Si­mon Stevens, head of NHS Eng­land, yes­ter­day warned that home­opaths are spread­ing ‘mis­in­for­ma­tion’ about jabs which pose ‘a sig­nif­i­cant dan­ger to hu­man health’.

The Ainsworths book, the Mother & Child Rem­edy Pre­scriber, costs £4.95. It prom­ises to ‘help par­ents through the emo­tional and phys­i­cal chal­lenges of preg­nancy, child­birth and baby/in­fant stages’.

In a sec­tion ti­tled ‘Vac­ci­na­tion’, the ‘selfhelp’ book­let says: ‘Homeopathy of­fers two clear op­tions for moth­ers con­fronted by the emo­tional pres­sure to have their child vac­ci­nated. The first is as a com­plete al­ter­na­tive to vac­ci­na­tion, the sec­ond is dam­age lim­i­ta­tion for the ill ef­fects of con­ven­tional vac­ci­na­tions ad­min­is­tered.’

It con­tin­ues to ex­plain how ‘ reme­dies based on child­hood dis­eases’ in­clud­ing measles, mumps, rubella, po­lio and menin­gi­tis can f orm ‘ an al­ter­na­tive pre­ven­ta­tive pro­gramme’.

But Edzard Ernst, emer­i­tus pro­fes­sor of com­ple­men­tary medicine at Ex­eter Uni­ver­sity, said its royal war­rants should be with­drawn ‘as a mat­ter of ur­gency’.

He added: ‘Ainsworths has a long his­tory of pro­mot­ing the most i rre­spon­si­ble anti-vac­ci­na­tion pro­pa­ganda. It is hard to think of any UK en­ter­prise for which royal war­rants are less jus­ti­fied.’

Ainsworths, Buck­ing­ham Palace and Clarence House all de­clined to com­ment.

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