Dr. Anke Zimmermann, a naturopath, is facing overflowing criticisms online after bragging that she was able to treat a 4-year-old boy who’s having aggression and behavioral problems using a remedy from rabid dog saliva.
She has written this unusual case on her website. Her 4-year-old patient, Jonah was having trouble sleeping, partly because he was afraid of werewolves and would hide under tables and growl at people at school.
Dr. Zimmermann then talked to his parents and discovered that he likes eating meat particularly, hamburgers, hotdogs, and meatballs. He also didn’t want to be cuddled but instead shows affection by sniffing, nuzzling, and licking them just like a dog.
“At this point, I asked his mother if Jonah had ever been bitten by a dog. Indeed, the answer was yes, he was bitten when he was two years old by a dog on a beach. The dog bit his hand because he wanted the food Jonah had. The bite broke the skin. Jonah was obviously in a dog state, slightly rabies-flavored dog state to be more precise,” she wrote on her website.
Dr. Zimmerman decided to give the four-year-old a homeopathic remedy made from rabies. Assuming that “The dog who bit the kid may have recently been vaccinated with the rabies vaccine or the dog bite in and of itself may have affected the boy with the rabies miasm. Either is possible and the phenomenon is well-known in homeopathy.”
The kid was treated with the unusual care called “Lyssinum 200CH” over a few months and this allegedly improved his condition. According to Dr. Zimmermann, he was able to sleep better and was no longer afraid of werewolves and don’t hide and growl at people anymore.
Unfortunately, this interesting case didn’t receive a good feedback from people. As soon as she posted the link to the article, negative comments started pouring in.
Despite all the criticism, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia defended Dr. Zimmerman and the unusual treatment.
“Lyssinum is not excluded from the pharmacopoeia for naturopathic doctors in B.C. Homeopathy, which includes the use of substances such as lyssinum, is a traditional modality with a long history in the naturopathic scope of practice; it is still used by some naturopathic doctors today,” Philipa Stanaway, Deputy Registrar, College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia said in an interview with HuffPost Canada.