A Barrie doctor has voiced his opposition to a three year diploma program in homeopathy being offered at Georgian College this fall.
In a letter to the Minister of advanced education and skills development ,as well as Georgian's board and president, Dr. Chris Giorshev wrote that homeopathy is a pseudo-science.
He said this alone should be sufficient to reject the inclusion of such a program at a publicly funded institution.
Giroshev, who chairs the Ontario Medical Association's section on chronic pain, told the National Post that 12 international organizations have evaluated the literature and have found homeopathy does nothing.
Homeopathy is a natural form of medicine used to treat illnesses.
Giroshev told the Post that it's unethical for Georgian to teach students a program based on scientifically implausible principles.
Georgian received funding approval for the homeopathy program at its Barrie campus last summer.
The college issued a statement to Sunshine 89 news stating that all new programs at Georgian must undergo an extensive and rigorous academic approval process and the homeopathy program is no different.
All new Georgian programs must undergo an extensive and rigorous academic approval process and the three-year advanced diploma in Homeopathy is no exception.
In Ontario, regulated health professions, including homeopathic medicine, are governed under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) and health profession act (i.e., Medicine Act, 1991), which regulate these professions in the public interest by ensuring that health services are delivered in a safe, professional and ethical manner. The addition of these programs to Georgian’s Health, Wellness and Science offerings complements existing programs and community health care clinics and creates a solid foundation for client choice in accessing holistic wellness services.
Homeopathy is based on individualized, holistic and natural approaches to health and healing. Following the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO) standards of practice and guidelines, students will learn to employ classical and contemporary homeopathic principles and techniques in the evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic health conditions. They will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge of homeopathic medicine and acquire professional and entrepreneurial skills through extensive clinical and inter-professional practical experience.