Homeopaths to the Royals Censured

An investigation by BBC South West – a regional arm of the BBC – could result in homeopathic vaccines endorsed by future king of England, Prince Charles, being withdrawn from sale. The company supplying these sugar pills, Ainsworths, has the royal warrant for supplying homeopathic products. Products with the royal seal (a coat of arms) are those regularly supplied to the royal family for a period of no less than thirty six months and deemed of high quality by the Queen, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, or her first born son, the Prince of Wales (Charles). Ainsworth’s bears not only the royal seal but that of the three feathers of the Prince of Wales. A spokesperson for the  Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has stated that action has been taken so that Ainsworths can, “no longer advertis[e] their homeopathic products as alternative treatments to proven, conventional vaccines.”

Homeopathy supporters are quick to claim that vaccines work on homeopathic principles, that is, that like cures like. What seems to escape them is that, unlike homeopathic nosodes, there are measurable amounts of antigens found in vaccines and that these are prophylactic and not curative products. Vociferous British based supporters believe that homeopathy should be universally available free via the NHS (National Health Service). Worryingly,  the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt has, in the past, shown his support for this.

Ainsworth’s “vaccines” supposedly protect against the diseases for which real vaccines are routinely given in the UK including, HiB, measles, mumps, and rubella. Investigators found that the company were also offering a pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine. The UK is currently suffering its worst pertussis outbreak since the 1980s; last year thirteen infants died of the disease.

This is not the first time the royals have lent their endorsement to dangerous products. In February 1999, the royal seal was removed from all Gallaher tobacco products after being emblazoned on the Benson & Hedges brand for one hundred and twenty two years. In this instance it was Charles who was instrumental in move. Speaking at the time, Clive Bates, leader of anti-smoking pressure group ASH (Action on Smoking and Health), commented that the seal, “…adds a lustre of respectability and prestige to Benson and Hedges cigarettes that the product simply does not deserve.”

Perhaps because of this royal endorsement and the calls for homeopathy to be incorporated into NHS provision it, too, has a, “lustre of respectability and prestige” that lends it the likeness of plausibility. Even businesses whose bottom line is profit have fallen for the homeopathy magic. Companies offering pet insurance will often accept a pet as vaccinated if it has received only homeopathic nosodes.

Eligibility checklist   Pet insurance   Churchill Insurance UK

Homeopathy is costing the UK consumer even if he or she is not credulous enough to believe in it. Tax payers are footing the bill not just in the cost of treating diseases that  can be prevented by actual vaccines but certain NHS trusts  (the regional governing bodies of the NHS) fund homeopathy. Worse, homeopathy, in place of vaccination, can, potentially, cost those who do believe in it the life and health of their beloved pets and, most horrifically still, that of their children.

About M O'Callaghan

I work at home, in Wales and am the proud mother of the adorable Pwdin of my Autismum.com blog. My son is autistic and (let's get it out the way) fully vaccinated. When he's asleep or at school, I contribute to various websites such as Vaccines Today and Seek the Evidence among others. Here at Skeptoid, I intend to write about products, therapies and practices being marketed to parents and families. Give me a bit of wiggle room on this one, though, as I have found that parenting pages and mum magazines promote much woo targeted at women which may well get a good going over from time to time. Follow me @MLOCallaghan
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6 Responses to Homeopaths to the Royals Censured

  1. Inno says:

    I’m not sure whether I should be laughing or crying.

  2. Mud says:

    All types of vaccines are the antithesis to Homeopathy, Like doesnt cure like in the case when the disease hasnt presented. If this doesnt hold, THEN ALL HOMEOPATHIC preps would have to be vaccines in this view.

    Yep, I had my glass of water when I was under one. It was a horrible experience, but in homeopathy vein… I had to wait till I was two to have my sugar pill.

    I am cured of homeopathy by “vaccination”.

    Not that all their clams are bunk as it is, this is just aggrandising bunk on someone elses wallet.

    Has anyone asked why the most despised allopathy is just ignored by homeopathy? Acupuncture, it appears is entirely unnoticed by hoepaths.

    Pity, It would be nice to see alty wars arise again!

    Sugar pills and stainless needles at 10 paces?

  3. D. James says:

    Future King of England? The last monarch of England was Queen Anne, the Kingdom of England has not existed since 1707 with the Act of Union. The term you’re looking for is future King of the United Kingdom, and King of assorted Commonwealth realms if we were looking to be extra pedantic.

    • Fair enough, though Wales is still a principality and many Scots fail to recognise Elizabeth as the second queen Lizzy of Scotland and her full title is Her Majesty Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories, Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. The Prince of Wales, however, has been rumoured to want to style himself defender of faiths.

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