Homeopathic Vaccines: An Alternative to Conventional NeedlesAnna Sienicka March 1, 2013
The origins of immunization date back to the 17th century when village healers in China and Sudan created medicine to ward off smallpox by formulating a powder from dried scabs taken from infected people. This crude medicine was then introduced into the bloodstream of uninfected people through scratches in the skin. Also known as ‘smallpox variolation’, this is a method of inoculating an individual against the smallpox virus (Variola) through deliberate exposure to a mild form of the virus in order to create a localized infection and thus generate immunity against further infection.
In 1796, Edward Jenner observed that milkmaids were generally immune to smallpox and postulated that the pus in the blisters that milkmaids received from cowpox (similar to smallpox) protected them from smallpox. Jenner tested his hypothesis by inoculating an eight-year-old boy, James Phipps, with cow pox. A few weeks later, Jenner exposed Phipps to smallpox and no symptoms developed.
Louis Pasteur further developed the technique during the 19th century, extending its use to agents protecting against anthrax and rabies, by treating the agents for those diseases so they lost the ability to infect. Today, vaccination campaigns are in use against a wide variety of diseases throughout the globe.
Two Types of Immunity
Immunity describes a state in which the immune system has been primed to protect the body from a specific disease-causing agent (i.e. bacteria or viruses).
Natural – a permanent form of immunity which we are either born with or is produced by the body during our lifetime after recovery from exposure to a certain microbe. Natural immunity passes on to future generations genetically and through breastfeeding from the mother.
Artificial – a temporary form of immunity induced by introducing a manufactured medicine (i.e. vaccine) into the body, intended to imitate and accentuate the body’s natural response to infection. Because the effect of a vaccine is temporary, it has to be repeated for any long-term effects.
Recent controversy around conventional vaccinations has influenced parents to choose more carefully. “The rise in drug resistant infections is comparable to the threat of global warming” said Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer for England, as reported on January 24, 2013.
While protection from a virus or bacteria is desirable, there is rising concern about preservatives used in the vaccines to prolong shelf life [viii, xiii]). Here are some of the ingredients that may be found in conventional Western vaccines:
• Aluminum hydroxide and phosphate
• Ammonium sulfate (soil fertilizer)
• Animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain, dog kidney, monkey kidney, chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg, calf (bovine) serum, washed sheep red blood cells, porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
• Formaldehyde (known to be a human carcinogen)
• Human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
• Monosodium glutamate
• Phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)
• Sorbitol (artificial sweetener)
• Thimerosal (mercury)
According to Vaccine Choice Canada, these substances can have negative effects on infants, including autism, encephalopathy, brain damage, seizures, and coma [xv].
The first recommended vaccinations happen at two months of age and provide no guarantee the child will gain immunity after inoculation. Whether the child is allergic or sensitive to any of the above-named hazardous elements remains an unknown risk. Vaccinations are not mandatory in Canada. Parents who wish to opt out of the vaccination programs supplied for kids at their schools need only fill out a special “Legal Exemption” form and have it notarized. (See end of article, re: how to obtain this form.)
What Is the Track Record of Homeopathic Immunization?
In my opinion, homeopathic immunization is a viable alternative to conventional vaccinations. Vaccines are usually made from disease material (virus or bacteria), also known as a nosode, and then prepared homeopathically (diluted hundreds or thousands of times) to render it completely safe and non-toxic. Only the energetic signature of the material remains after all these dilutions. No other additives or preservatives are used. Homeopathic immunizations are the size of the head of a pin and are administered by mouth. They dissolve easily in an infant’s mouth without danger of choking. Homeopathic vaccinations are safe and do not cause side effects. This is a painless approach to immunizing a child that does not involve needles. Thankfully, children no longer need to be left with traumatic memories related to this process [i, viii, xiv, xii].
The outcomes of homeopathic immunization (homoeoprophylaxis) have been very successful. Results of a 15-year study done on 2,342 children by immunization expert Dr. Isaac Golden, Ph.D., showed the effectiveness of homeopathic vaccinations as 90%, suggesting homeopathic immunizations are as effective as regular vaccines, but without the hazards of regular vaccine toxicity [iv].
Another study on the effectiveness of homeopathic vaccination took place in October 2007 in Cuba. Researchers and Public Health officials collaborated in the homeopathic immunization of over 2 million persons against epidemic leptospirosis. The homeopathic vaccine was administered to 2.1 million people in the regions at highest risk of disease, where the statistical model had predicted close to a 100% increase for this period in 2007 [ix].
Of the remaining 11 million inhabitants only 15,000 persons (0.6% of the population) received a conventional vaccine. The results were impressive. Within two weeks of administering the homeopathic immunization in the intervention region, a 90% decrease in disease incidence was observed. In the past, the disease incidence always increased during this period, even with the administration of conventional vaccination. In the non-intervention region, the usual increase for this time of year had occurred.
There are eight homeopathic vaccinations that I recommend: pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, haemophilus B, measles, mumps, rubella, and meningococcus. As well, influenzinum, tuberculosis, typhoid, hepatitis B, and polio are available upon a request. Each vaccination is given 4 times a month (once a week) with breaks in between. While homeopathic immunizations have been known to last for as long as ten years, it is recommended that a child be given the appropriate homeopathic remedy every 2 to 4 years depending upon his/her general health.
Children who have not been immunized in the above fashion or need to enhance their immunity for other reasons may take the 30c potency of the selected remedy every other day during periods when contagion is more likely.
A homeopathic version of the ‘flu shot’ for adults is also available and can be administered during the colder months.
Anna Sienicka is a graduate of the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine. She also holds a B.A. with honors in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University. Contact The Herbal Clinic & Dispensary at (416) 532-8660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: http://www.homeopathiccare.ca
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[ii] Breastfeeding and Health in the 1980s: A Global Epidemiologic Review, Allan S. Cunningham in Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 118, No. 5, May 1991.
[iii] Homoeoprophylaxis: Proven Alternative to Vaccination, Isaac Golden, Ph.D
[iv] Homeoprophylaxis – A Fifteen Year Clinical Study, Isaac Golden, Ph.D. (2004)
[v] How to Raise a Healthy Child… In Spite of Your Doctor, Robert S. Mendelson M.D. (1987)
[vi] “How Breastmilk Protects Newborns’” Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC
[vii] “How Breastfeeding Transfers Immunity To Babies,” Brigham Young University (2008, October 27).
[viii] Immunization: History, Ethics, Law and Health, Catherine J. M. Diodati M.A. (1999)
[ix] “Large scale application of highly-diluted bacteria for Leptospirosis epidemic control” by G. Bracho et al; Homeopathy, Vol. 99, No. 3, pages 156-166; July 2010.
[x] “Mucosal Immunity: The Immunology of Breast Milk,” H.B. Slade and S.A. Schwartz in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Vol. 80, No. 3, pages 348-356; September 1987.
[xi] National Vaccine Information Centre: www.nvic.org
[xii] Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, Kevin Trudeau (2004)
[xiii] What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, Stephanie Cave M.D., F.A.A.F.P., with Deborah Mitchell (2001)
[xiv] Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? Neil Z. Miller (2008)
[xv] Vaccine Choice Canada: www.vran.org Contact them for more information on the “Legal Exemption” form to opt out of vaccination. Email: email@example.com
[xvi] “The Immune System of Human Milk: Antimicrobial, Antiinflammatory and Immunomodulating Properties,” A.S. Goldman in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.