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“Homeopaths are offering ‘alternative vaccinations’ which doctors say could leave patients vulnerable to potentially fatal diseases, a BBC investigation has found. Three practitioners admitted giving patients a homeopathic medicine designed to replace the MMR vaccine…the British Medical Association's director of science and ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, said: "Replacing proven vaccines, tested vaccines, vaccines that are used globally and we know are effective with homeopathic alternatives where there is no evidence of efficacy, no evidence of effectiveness, is extremely worrying because it could persuade families that their children are safe and protected when they're not. "And some of those children will go on to get the illness, and some of those children may go on to get permanent life-threatening sequelae, or even to die, and that's a tragedy when the family think they've protected their children."…The practice of replacing conventional vaccines with homeopathic alternatives has been condemned by the Faculty of Homeopathy. It said there was no evidence for homeopathic treatments being able to protect against diseases, and said patients should stick to conventional medicines.” BBC Scotland News report (13th September 2010)