End public funding for pseudo-science
Many of us were outraged to hear recently that the Canadian government is funding international aid to Honduras to teach homeopathy.
PLEASE SPEAK UP about this!
CFI Canada has prepared this summary of the problem, along with the information about who to write to. Here is their article.
International Aid and Homeopathy
Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) is an insect-borne tropical disease that begins with flu-like symptoms and can end with heart failure for 20-30% of those infected. There are pharmaceutical treatments available which can reduce symptoms (and have up to a 90% cure rate for infants and young children). But recently, Global Affairs Canada allocated $350,000 to send volunteer homeopathic practitioners to Honduras to provide homeopathic “treatments”. Perhaps the Global Affairs staff mean well. Perhaps they believe there is some link between the group they are funding and the (well-known effective humanitarian organisation) Doctors without Borders. But homeopathy is pure quackery — there is not even a feasible mechanism for homeopathic “medicines” to work, because they contain no active ingredients.
This is clearly a misuse of our tax-supported international aid money, and we encourage readers to contact the Minister of International Development by email to
Mme. Marie Claude Bibeau
Confederation Building, Suite 407
House of Commons
You may also wish to contact your local MP.
CFI Canada would like people to notify them if you have sent an electronic or paper letter, and if you received a response. They’ll post a selection on their website. firstname.lastname@example.org
Seanna Watson, CFI Canada
Tell the federal government that this is not OK. Unless you want to write your own letter or include additional information, you can pretty much just copy from their article into your email.
Copy it from the beginning up to the line “This is clearly a misuse of our tax-supported international aid money“. Then add that you are demanding that the government stop funding dangerous pseudo-science.
Add your name and contact info, address your letter to the Minister and your own MP, and include a bcc to CFI (optional).
Stand up for science and evidence-based decision-making. Do it now while it‘s fresh in your mind. It should only take about a minute of your time.