As recently as April 2015, Health Canada has suspended the use of Filix Mas, a homeopathic product because of it being a derivative of the male fern Dryopteris Filix-Max). Unspecified safety information has allegedly raised concerns regarding the effect of the ingredient at higher doses. Health Canada has called for all Canadians using the product to stop doing so immediately because of “serious health risks”. While these warnings should be taken seriously, we need to look a little deeper at the product that supposedly suddenly poses a threat to the Canadian public.
It should be noted that homeopathics are among the first products to have received their Drug Identification Numbers (DINs) or Natural Product Numbers (NPN) when the Natural Health Regulations first came into effect. This is because they are among the safest products on the market. As they are extreme dilutions of specific plant and organic materials and contain virtually nothing of their original materials, the idea of being able to “overdose” or “poison” oneself on homeopathics products is not only wrong, it is a gross misunderstanding of how the science of homeopathy works. It is true that the effect that homeopathics exact on the body is more pronounced than people expect, especially given how they are produced. However, in places like Germany where homeopathics are used together with allopathic medicine in the offices of medical doctors, it is well known that the issue is not overdose or poison. In fact, homeopathics are products that pregnant women and babies can consume which is a testament to their safety and efficacy alone!
This particular product from the company Boiron has received three different NPNs dating back to 2010,so why is there a sudden uproar about the product’s efficacy and safety now? For five years Canadians have been consuming this product with zero negative side effects. With no recommended dosages accompanied by no reported risks, the blanket level of caution on this product is highly suspect. What about all of the drugs that are approved and pushed with known dangerous side effects? Yet another example of Health Canada fishing in the wrong arena for their very suspicious ends.