A Victoria naturopath who drew public attention for treating a child with a homeopathic solution made from rabid dog saliva, has surrendered her license but says she will continue to act as an unregulated homeopath.
The College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. says Anke Zimmermann voluntarily gave his license after a "collegial discussion" with his inquiry committee earlier this month.
At the Center for Immunization and Respiratory Medicine – which forbids naturopaths from including anti-immunization materials in their advertising and counseling patients against vaccination without proper documented medical rationale.
What am I supposed to do, not help them?– Anke Zimmermann
"The registrant is indicated that it feels that it is compliant with the college's bylaws and policies, in particular, the immunization standard, made it difficult for her patients to deal with her integrity," the college said in a public notification.
"The registrant understood the college is the profession of that in the area."
The college said Zimmermann made it clear in their meetings that she intends to practice as a homeopath. Homeopathy – alternative health profession not regulated in B.C. – involves treating sick people with extremely minute symptoms of their disease.
Deputy college registrar Phillipa Stanaway said e-mail that the college "strongly recommends the public choose a registered health professional when seeking health-care related treatment."
Relies on parents
Zimmermann told CBC News she chose to surrender her license because the college's immunization prevent her from practicing how she prefers. She particularly objected to the idea that she should not develop treatments for autistic children based on the unsupported theory that vaccines cause autism.
Zimmermann said she relies on childhood autism is linked to childhood immunizations.
"I don't tell them that their children are vaccine-injured. They come to me – they're calling me from all over the world. supposed to do, not help them? " she said.
There are evidence that vaccines cause autism, and scientific research has many contradicting that theory.
Zimmermann said: "If you tell me, they have a reaction from their vaccinations, I have no reason not to believe them. Parents know their children better than any medical professional. "
Zimmermann is described as "very respectful and mutually helpful." The loss of her license means she cannot call herself a naturopath or a doctor, and she is not subject to college's standards of care.
But Zimmermann said that, otherwise, her practice will remain pretty much the same.
"It's not really used to homeopathy anyway," she said.
Some naturopaths in B.C. Vaccine and write prescriptions are available, but Zimmermann said she didn't have those qualifications. Now that she has surrendered her license, she won't be allowed to apply for reinstatement with the college for five years.
Rabid dog saliva
Zimmermann made headlines around the world in the spring after she wrote a blog post claiming she had used a homeopathic solution called lyssinum to bring a four-year old behavior with problems "back into a more human state from a slightly rabid dog state."
About werewolves and wolves.
Lyssinum, also known as lyssin or hydrophobinum, is made by repeatedly filed the saliva of a rabid dog in water. Lyssinum is generally approved for use in Canada, but the brand that Zimmermann used does not have a license from Health Canada.
Claimed to eliminate autism
Zimmermann has also been shown to be truly claimed to completely eliminate autism.
In May, the college – a complete elimination of autism spectrum expression – is based on the false premise that vaccines cause most autism. The college also has the advantage of vulnerabilities of autistic children and their parents.
Her plan to act as a homeopath means she is theoretically free to continue offering CEASE therapy, which autism experts have described as bogus. The website is listed on the official CEASE website as one of the least 17 unregulated practitioners who provide the treatment in B.C.
But Zimmermann told the CBC that while he will continue to provide autistic children with the remedies, supplements and diet changes used in CEASE therapy, he won't call it CEASE. She said that because she understands it's misleading to claim "complete elimination" of autism.