In what has to be one of the weirdest prescriptions ever, a Canadian naturopath has recommended rabid dog saliva to a young boy.
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The mother of the 4-year-old reached out to Anke Zimmerman because her son had been having trouble sleeping and was acting unusually aggressive at school. Apparently, his erratic behavior included hiding under tables and growling like a dog. Zimmerman asked about the boy’s history with dog bites, prompting his mom to remember that he’d been bitten a couple years ago.
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This led the naturopath, which is someone who practices alternative medicine using an array of pseudoscientific methods to treat patients, to suggest an approved homeopathic solution. She prescribed the boy two pellets of Lyssinum 200HC, made from rabid dog saliva, to treat what could be an illness brought on by the bite. Zimmerman wrote on her blog, “The dog that bit him may have recently been vaccinated with the rabies vaccine or the dog bite in and of itself may have affected the boy with rabies miasm. Either is possible and the phenomenon is well-known in homeopathy.”
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This employs the “similarity principle," which is the idea that material that causes symptoms can also treat them. As crazy as this sounds, the logic kind of makes sense, but it’s also caused quite the uproar from critics in the health community who now want to review the system for approving these types of treatments. Interestingly enough, the mother said the pills worked. Zimmerman reported that, “Within a minute or two of giving him the remedy Jonah smiled at me very broadly and beautifully, as if all the lights had just gone on.” Watch the video below to see an official news report on the unusual incident...