A doctor is facing a probe in Switzerland after claiming he can cure homosexuality with homeopathy.
The Geneva-based Jean Yves Henry, who is reportedly a licensed GP, made the extraordinary claim on his website.
He wrote that homosexuality “is not a pathology, but a particular symptom (lifestyle choice) of patients.”
Henry claimed that “homosexuality is a way of avoiding this reality of the difference between the sexes” and that homeopathic medicine “contains remidies… attraction for a person of the same sex.”
The doctor recommended three separate homeopathic treatments to deal with the apparent symptoms of homosexuality, including “immaturity and addiction” and lust.
Both homeopathy and gay ‘cure’ therapy rely on junk pseudoscience that has no basis in scientific fact, but it is rare for the two to cross paths.
The French-born doctor has doubled down on his beliefs, telling RTS: “Homosexuality is a symptom like any other, like a headache or hay fever. I don’t understand what the problem is.”
Geneva health minister Mauro Poggia has asked for a probe into the doctor, The Local reports.
Poggia said: “For him, it would seem that homosexuality is an illness to cure. This element is enough to justify opening an investigation.”
The doctor has since updated his website with a rebuttal.
He wrote: “This short specialised professional article [has been]quickly relayed by the media and made views of our site jump!