A Canadian homeopath spiced a lot of outrage when she presented one of her shocking treatments. Anke Zimmermann used the most unlikely remedy against a little boy’s bad behavior – rabid dog saliva. Such a treatment is, of course, extremely risky, so she was the target of harsh criticism and was condemned for promoting pseudoscience.
The woman promotes alternative treatments as actually effective
The woman describes herself as a naturopathic doctor, so many people come to her when they seek alternate treatments for various conditions. Last October, she received a young boy who exhibited behavioral problems and troubles with sleep.
The boy, called Jonah, caused a lot of trouble at his preschool. He was aggressive towards other kids, hid from them, and exhibited animal behavior, such as growling. Moreover, he was afraid of beasts, including wolves, and supernatural beings, like ghosts or zombies. According to Zimmermann, the cause of the strange behavior was a dog bite the boy received when he was two.
The boy received rabid dog saliva as a treatment
She thought the dog must have had ghost rabies. This means the disease must have remained somehow dormant in his organism. As a result, the boy must have ended up exhibiting symptoms similar to rabies. A common conception in homeopathy is that you cure a disease with its own virus, so she treated the boy with rabid dog saliva.
The actual treatment she gave to the boy was lyssinum, a homeopathic mixture that contained the saliva in question. However, this is extremely dangerous. If you get in contact with rabid dog saliva, you can actually get the disease and die.
Zimmermann claimed the boy calmed down immediately after getting the controversial treatment. However, the responses she got weren’t positive at all. People are outraged she actually thought of giving rabid dog saliva to a young boy, and that such treatments are even legal in the United States.
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