Another year, another week to be made aware of homeopathy. This year’s theme is musculoskeletal well-being. The website is relatively unclear about their mission this year, but they do helpfully provide contact information for different countries that are involved in WHAW 2011. Their Canadian contacts are:
Martine Jourde & Mathieu Bourbonnais
S.P.H.Q. (Syndicat Professionnel des Homéopathes du Québec)
1600 rue de Lorimier, bureau 106,
Montréal (Québec), Canada H2K 3W5
Tel: (514) 525-2037, outside Montréal 1-800-465-5788
Fax: (514) 525-1299
Send an email or email to Martine Jourde
Send an email to Mathieu Bourbonnais
Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada
31 Adelaide Street East, Box 605,
Toronto, ON, M5C 2J8,
Tel: 416.788.HMCC (4622)
Dr. Ranvir Sharda (President HMCC) Send an email
Dr. Asim Shaikh (Director HMCC) Send an email
or Send an email
They invite people to contact these folks, so I encourage Canadian skeptics to do so. I think, at the very least, some of the following topics are appropriate to have sorted out so we are more aware. I have written with the following questions (I will follow up with any response I get):
- How does homeopathy help with specific musculoskeletal problems?
- Should homeopathy be given for malaria, AIDS, and/or cancer?
- What is your attitude towards immunization?
- If I’m concerned about manufacturer accountability, how can I make sure that a 30C homeopathic remedy was actually derived from the ingredient listed on the label?
- Are you aware that the term “Doctor” is not a protected title for practicing homeopathy and is illegal in Ontario according to the Regulated Health Professions Act? There is a fine of $25,000 to $50,000 for using “Doctor” illegally.
If you decide to contact these people, feel free to post your correspondence in the comments. If you choose to be firm in your letter, please also be polite. It would be interesting to find out about how homeopathy is being practiced in Canada.