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Gonna Have to Buy Some VacciShield

The homeopaths know they have a captivated audience in the vaccination deniers, so what’s an entrepreneurial con artist to do? Invent a naturopathic “remedy” that will reverse the (imagined) negative effects of vaccinations. And then market with a bunch of vague bullshit.

I know by now I shouldn’t be, but I am still amazed by how readily so many people buy into the seemingly endless array of bogus sCAM nostrums. Many are marketed and hawked for the treatment or prevention of diseases that are poorly managed by science-based medicine. There are countless examples of dietary supplements that are purported to effectively treat back and joint pains, depression, anxiety, autism, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue; the list goes on and on. The lure for these treatments is at least understandable and, although frustrated that scientific literacy and rational thought loses out, I empathize with the desire to believe in them. On the other end of the spectrum is the even more ethically corrupt substitution of safe and effective treatments with products that are not. I encountered what I find to be possibly the most frightening and dangerous example of this recently at my practice. A family new to the area called to schedule a routine health-maintenance visit for their 5-year-old daughter. When our nurse reviewed the medical records the mother had faxed over, she noted that the child was unimmunized and explained to her that she would need to begin catch-up vaccinations. The mother matter-of-factly stated that her daughter was actually fully vaccinated with a vaccine alternative. She had received a series of homeopathic vaccines from a naturopath…

A mother-naturopath by the name of Catherine Clinton has identified a little known condition that has launched her career as a producer and seller of one of the newest health-maintaining elixirs. At $27.99 USD for 1.36 ounces, she’s probably doing all right. It’s not a condition, exactly, that her elixir is aimed at. It’s more of a, well, I guess you can call it a state of unsupported peri-vaccination health, or something. In her own words, VacciShield was designed to “fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process”. To be a little more specific, ND Clinton explains on her company’s website:

I became concerned about vaccinating my son and wanted another option to support him during vaccinations. I looked to the research to see if there was something I could do nutritionally to support health during this vulnerable time. So we created VacciShield to fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process. VacciShield is designed for infants and kids to help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function during vaccination.

The gap in the vaccination process she refers to is clearly something she found missing from her child’s routine pediatric care. A gap she has identified that, if not filled, places children at risk. At risk from what is not made clear anywhere on the company’s website. But since VacciShield is intended to support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal, and detoxifying function, I’m assuming she believes these body systems are at some sort of risk from vaccinations. Actually, it’s pretty clear what she’s referring to by her albeit vague terminology. And the name VacciShield is certainly not ambiguous. It is meant to shield children from the potentially damaging effects of vaccines, while still presumably allowing the benefits of the vaccines to slip through.

Notice there’s no actual medical claims there, just vague nonsense about “supporting” health and “detoxifying” our bodies. If you get specific, you draw FDA attention. So keep it vague and use all the buzzwords and you can make millions from the clueless with no regulation whatsoever.

Comments

  1. moarscienceplz says

    VacciShield is designed for infants and kids to help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function during vaccination.

    Further proof that stupidity expands through a population exponentially. Person A accepts the BS that vaccinations are quite risky for normally healthy children, so invents a health “supporter” to be given to a child before vaccines are administered. Person B then decides that the vaccine “supporter” is in fact a vaccine “replacement”. Brilliant.

  2. Nigel Appleton says

    OTOH, if someone was on the verge of NOT vaccinating their sprogs because of the scares promulgated by the antivaxxers,but then decided that they would after all under cover of a (probably) harmless nutritional “supplement”, that is at least a tiny increase for herd immunity.

  3. wscott says

    @ Nigel: I was thinking the same thing – if it encourages people who otherwise might not vaccinate to do so, then sCAM may have actually be (indirectly) making people healthier for a change.

  4. says

    So…. the woman with the 5 year old daughter then misreads even the naturopath’s claims and substitutes this stuff for vaccinations? And yet they claim to understand vaccination and other medicine so well they can make informed choices about it?

  5. grumpyoldfart says

    Has it got quantums in it? I’m not buying it if it hasn’t got quantums.

  6. says

    I got a prescription for it, but the pharmacist misread it and gave me VagiShield. Now I’m a girl. As accidents go, this one worked out well. I’m a pretty princess, damnit!

  7. says

    Back in the day when I was in the hardware and industrial supply business there was a product called “Goof Off” that came in small cans like Zippo lighter fluid used to be in (it’s still out there, AFAIK). It removed spilled paint and other things that were hard to clean up. I used to tell people that the company also marketed an alternative to Mace for the ladeez to use if someone tried to rape them*. It’s name, you ask? “Fuck Off”.

    * This was well before rape became impossible if a woman wasn’t legitimate–or something like that.

  8. says

    I just blogged about a disgusting new “natural remedy” I heard being advertised on the radio last week — the “Heart Attack Pack“, a herbal “Emergency Heart Attack Aid” for “When Seconds Count.”

    Five bottles of the finest, most brazen snake oil imaginable in one $120 pack, except that you have to pay an extra $10 if you want it to come in an actual pack.

  9. Trebuchet says

    Let’s not forget that the United States Congress, in its infinite idiocy, has expressly forbidden the FDA from regulating homeopathic or herbal products unless they are shown to be actively harmful. Presumably signed by some President or other, though I don’t know which one.

  10. theobroma says

    Hmm. So, ignorant people buy water and feel it protects their children (hmm. They’ve reproduced? There appears to be a flaw in this “natural selection” thing) sufficiently that their kids can now be vaccinated? End result: kids get vaccinated and fools are parted from their money (maybe that helps the economy in the long run?). Outcome doesn’t appear to be that bad…

  11. Sastra says

    So we created VacciShield to fill a gap that we saw in the vaccination process. VacciShield is designed for infants and kids to help support healthy brain, immune, gastrointestinal and detoxification function during vaccination.

    Heh — this is apparently the alt med version of accomodationism. Like “theistic evolution,” VacciShield helps reconcile cognitive dissonance. Now those who are loath to give up their faith completely can still follow the scientific consensus well enough to pass in public. Consistency is sacrificed on the altar of Convenience.

  12. says

    In fairness, we should note that 99.999% of those taking vaccishield will pass through their vaccinations unharmed.

  13. caseloweraz says

    This gives me an idea. I’m going to market the Obama Umbrella — sure protection against all the misery raining down on the populace from Washington, DC.

    I’ll just collect broken umbrellas and resell them. Sure, they don’t have any fabric — just ribs. But they’ll still be effective.

  14. dingojack says

    moarscienceplz (#1) -”Further proof that stupidity expands through a population exponentially”.

    Must be something in the water over there.

    Dingo

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