Prime Minister John Key has dismissed a Green MP's suggestion that health officials should consider homeopathic remedies to treat the deadly Ebola virus as "barking mad".
Green Party MP Steffan Browning made the suggestion, regarding World Health Organisation (WHO) options for treating Ebola, while acknowledging "some people will see it as wacky".
This week Browning signed an online petition on Change.org, which calls for the WHO to end the suffering of the Ebola crisis by testing and distributing homeopathy as quickly as possible to contain the outbreaks.
Homeopathy is a system of alternative medicine, based on a doctrine of “like cures like”, which means the patient is treated with a very diluted form of the substance causing the symptoms of the disease - in this case, a diluted version of the Ebola virus.
Browning said “it was probably a bit unwise” to sign the petition, which he also shared on his Facebook page encouraging other people to sign it.
He had signed the petition “pretty late at night”, and said he “probably dropped” from the standards expected of a member of Parliament in doing so.
Following this faux pas blogger 'Slightly Left of Centre' has been doing some digging into Browning's record since he became an MP. He discovered that the MP who, according to the blurb on his Green Party page, has "a commitment to the Green Party values of ecology-based sustainability and social justice" has spent a whopping $166,369 of taxpayers money on travel and accommodation in the last two years. Not exactly 'sustainable' or 'just' from a taxpayer point of view one would think.