You have likely noticed that there has been a great deal of media attention given to homeopathic ‘nosodes’ and the conventional vaccination program being promoted as the only option for parents in preventing infectious childhood illnesses. The CBC radio show Day 6 recently aired just this kind of interview. At the end of the interview, it was noted that there was no response from the homeopathic community to refute any claims the medical doctor was making.
“Where you put your time is where you put your life and where you put your life is where you put your love.”
~ Clayton Barbeau
It’s all about energy!
For me, my time and my energy is available for the folks who read my newsletters, the families who come to see me as a homeopath, and for those who care and are open-minded and open-hearted and willing to research and make informed choices. I would rather spend my time putting together resources and information for you so that you can decide for yourselves what your options are in the prevention of infectious childhood illnesses. If I can save you some time by devoting my time to sharing resources, then my heart is happy, my mind is happy, and I am serving you well.
There is so much excellent information available now on the Internet. Medical journals, informed parenting groups and chat boards, homeopathic research, vaccine research. The only problem is, there is SO much information now.
I am going to keep this newsletter quite brief in terms of what I have to say. What is more important is that you come to your own conclusions about how you, as a family, as caring parents, want to approach preventing infectious illnesses. This means researching vaccination AND researching Homeoprophylaxis, the use of homeopathy as an alternative to preventing illnesses.
The truth is that many children cannot receive vaccines because of neurological problems or because of past anaphylactic shock or adverse reactions. What is available to them and their families for disease prevention?
The other fact is that the concept of “herd immunity” is very difficult to determine. When my boys were vaccinated in the early to mid-1980’s, we were told that this was immunization for life. It was not. These very same children, now grown men, are as susceptible to all the childhood illnesses now as they were then.
So how do you determine who has immunity and who does not? How do you know? At what age does immunity wane after a vaccine? One year, two years, ten years?
Booster shots? When my kids were in their mid-twenties, there was an outbreak of mumps in Calgary, especially on the university and college campuses. Their friends were getting mumps, and those who were not getting mumps were getting vaccinated, with adverse events…anaphylactic shock. The vaccine was stopped. For those students who had the allergic reaction, they will have to be extremely cautious with further vaccines.
WHERE YOU PUT YOUR TIME
Here are some beginning resources for you to ‘dig in’ and research. You must research both vaccination and homeoprophylaxis, so here are the top websites I would recommend. This is your choice. You can choose conventional vaccination. You can choose homeopathy. You are responsible for your choices and your child’s health. You can choose to be informed.
If you are vaccinating your child and want more information on safety, please have a look:
National Vaccine Information Centre, which promotes Informed Decision and Vaccine Safety. (They are not anti-vaccine; they simply publish factual information.) They have an Ask 8 Before You Vaccinate. You may want to have a well-child check with your doctor before vaccinating.
If there is any history of neurological damage or family history of adverse reactions to vaccines, you will want to read package inserts of individual vaccines for contraindications. The NVIC has this information resourced as well.
If you or your child has had an adverse reaction, or you suspect there might be an adverse reaction, or you would like to know what possible adverse reactions have been reported, you can also access the NVIC’s own database of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) to do a search for specific vaccines and vaccine products by brand name. You can search everything from incidence of eczema to asthma as possible adverse effects, or you can also do a search for deaths reported as an adverse event from particular vaccines.
In Canada, if there is an adverse reaction to a vaccine, you can report to the Public Health Agency of Canada and fill out a form called Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI). You may also want to consider taking this form with you as it has information that could be difficult to retrace after an adverse reaction (e.g. Immunizing Agent, Trade Name, Manufacturer, Lot number, Dose #, Dosage/unit, Route, and Site).
In Canada, Vaccine Risk Awareness Network (VRAN) has information regarding the legal aspects of vaccination plus many other resources.
“Unlike some countries, immunization is not mandatory in Canada; it cannot be made mandatory because of the Canadian Constitution. Only three provinces have legislation or regulations under their health-protection acts to require proof of immunization for school entrance. Ontario and New Brunswick require proof for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella immunization. In Manitoba, only measles vaccination is covered. It must be emphasized that, in these three provinces, exceptions are permitted on medical or religious grounds and reasons of conscience; legislation and regulations must not be interpreted to imply compulsory immunization.”
Immunization in Canada – Volume: 23S4 – May 1997 — Canadian National Report on Immunization, 1996 Health Canada Website.
If you want a medical opinion on vaccination from qualified medical doctors, go to the website for the International Medical Council on Vaccination. You can also do a search within their website for specific infectious illnesses. For example, Dr. Suzanne Humphries has an excellent article on whooping cough.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is where you will find vaccine schedules, approved vaccine products for use in Canada, delayed vaccine schedules, etc.
“The Deadly Impossibility Of Herd Immunity Through Vaccination,” by Dr. Russell Blaylock.
“‘Herd Immunity.’ The Flawed Science and Failures of Mass Vaccination,” by Suzanne Humphries, MD.
Dr. Isaac Golden, a homeopath in Australia, has been researching and publishing results on the use of homeoprophylaxis. He has several books available and a course for parents wanting information on HP (short for homeoprophylaxis). The course is designed to help parents make a decision, and he respects all decisions whether conventional vaccination or HP. Dr. Golden simply presents factual information from his 30 years of research, current use of HP in countries like Cuba and Brazil by conventional medical doctors, and 250 years of homeopathic remedies being used in epidemics.
Dr. Golden’s course for parents.
Dr. Golden’s course for practitioners.
Dr. Golden recently replied to the producers of a documentary called Jabbed on an Australian network. For whatever reason, his reply was censored/not published so he created a video with this reply and has made this available to everyone. You will get a very good idea of HP from the presentation (approximately 13-14 minutes long).
Some published studies on HP.
David Little is a homeopathic scholar. Here is his essay on Homeoprophylaxis.
Julian Winston writing about historical references of homeopathy used in epidemics:
“Some History of the Treatment of Epidemics with Homeopathy,” which includes the 1918 Spanish Influenza.
“Influenza-1918: Homeopathy to the Rescue”
More history as compiled by Iman Navab.
These suggestions are simply a beginning (overwhelming enough!). Next week’s post? A little lighter in content ☺… How about dealing with car/boat/plane travel sickness?