Researchers published what could be a groundbreaking study this week in the Lancet, implicating homeopathic vaccines (known as nosodes) as a cause of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
A nosode “is a homeopathic remedy prepared from a pathological specimen. The specimen is taken from a diseased animal or person and may consist of saliva, pus, urine, blood, or diseased tissue.” There are varying strengths of nosodes as well, from 30C up to 200C dilution. This study looked specifically at 30C nosodes for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.
The lead author, Andrew Sleeppitch, is a gastro-homeopath specializing in homeopathic cures for stomach and gastro issues. The study itself, entitled “Homopathic nosodes, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” was a cohort study on 12 children who all had a previous diagnosis of ASD and had taken a homeopathic nosode for measles, mumps or rubella in the past 36 months.
The authors found that “According to parents, 8 of the 12 children had developed pervasive development disorder and signs of autism within close proximity to receiving their homeopathic vaccine (nosode).”
The study is sure to cause controversy in the homeopathic community and could quite possibly cause a tiny ripple in the waves of medicine.
“I would be more inclined to believe this study if they had done it on one child instead of 12,” said Dan Ullman, homeopath. “12 is way too high of a sample size for homeopathy. The golden rule in homeopathy is the smaller the better. I think that is where the authors really messed up.”
*Update: According to reporter Brian Elk, Sleeppitch has a patent application pending for his own MMR nosode and was reportedly paid upwards of $500,000 by a law firm hoping to sue the company who manufactured the nosodes used in the study. Stay tuned for further updates.