Before reading this I would like to make myself absolutely clear. I am not just saying, don't use paracetamol, antibiotics and don't vaccinate. Not vaccinating and using pharamaceutical drugs in the short term will give you more sleepness nights while you are up managing fevers and administrating natural medicine first aid. Childhood illness can have serious complications when not managed properly. But most are self-limiting harmless diseases designed to exercise your child's immune system so that it can fight off more serious diseases such as asthma, food allergy, autism and cancer.
Raising Your Children Naturally & Avoiding Western Medical Drugs (the best you can)
My 7 children are unvaccinated. In 20 years of being a mother I have had one trip to the Emergency Department and one dose of antibiotics. Not bad going. They get sick naturally as nature intends with what are normal self-limiting diseases, this naturally strengthens their immune system. I believe natural immunity is better than artificial immunity. I never heard anything so ridiculous as artificial immunity from vaccinations is better! And if it is so good why are we sticking epipens in our children? I would like to discuss my definition of "Natural Parenting" and how and why I avoid the use Western Pharmaceutical drugs to suppress symptoms of childhood diseases and how I stimulate "Natural Immunity" with herbs, homeopathics and acupuncture. Natural Parenting from my perspective certainly does include avoiding vaccinations. I see this as an extension of not wanting my children to use BPA, mercury cadmium and lead containing fluorosillic acid in water, lead in toys, PFOA in teflon pans, aluminium deodorants, SLE and parabens ect ect and unfortunately etc. I will discuss the rise in Chronic Disease in chidren, the why nots of vaccination from a Naturopathic, Homeopathic and Chinese Medical Perspective.
I specialise in natural parenting from fertility, pregnancy, breast feeding, childbirth, management of all childhood bacterial and viral diseases with confidence. Other specialities include pain managment, I worked in a Northern Hosapital ED/A&E treating acute pain. Herbally I match the pharmaceutical actions of drugs with natural alternatives, for example nettle is a quercetin rich herb which is natural anti-histamine, solidago is a natural neuroamidase inhibitor (like Tamiflu), saw palmetto is a natural 5 alpha reductase inhibitor like the drug Finasteride used foir hairloss and prostate disease, rhodiloa is a monoamine oxidase inhibitor prevents breakdown of dopamine like some antidepressants to name a few. I blend this with traditonal old school herbalism. I also mix Traditonal Chinese herbal formulas in tincture form. Book a Skype consult with myself I can help you put togther a Natural Medicine First Aid Kit including homeoprophylaxis (alternative to vaccination), homeopathic first aid kit and herbal medicine and supplements aimed to both prevent and treat all acute viral infections. The kit can be posted to your door.
What is Natural Parenting?
Actually I just do it "naturally" but after reasearching this I have found there are "Natural Parenting Groups" also called "Attached Parenting" aimed at parents who feel they just don't fit in with normal playgroups perhaos because they breastfeed for extended period or perhaps because like me, they don't vaccinate. I believe they have a similar ethos to mine. My approach to natural parenting is I love the planet, I am an environmentalist. Just as I don't like heavy metals in my fish, I don't like heavy metals in my chidlren. I love to hold my babies as long as I can, I love to sleep with my babies until they are too big for the bed, I love to breast feed until they get molars and I believe in good old naturopathic philosophy that clean air, clean water, clean environment and clean foods lead to good health. I don't breastfeed for extended periods as usually another baby gets the last one off, and out of the bed as nature intended, but who knows, maybe the last one will be on until he's six. I seriously doubt it :)
To me Natural Parenting harkens back to the old ways where we mothers are naturally intuitive. We have a connnection with our children and insitinctively we know what is right and what is wrong. Many a mother has said the baby doesn't come with instructions. I believe that we have instructions programmed. I have never raised my children according to what I am told by "them" or what I read in a book. I do this because my natural instinct is strong and also because what "they" say changes and I have a healthy suspicion of "their" motives. My philosophy is the baby of the moment is king, he gets what he wants when he wants and when he is happy then we are happy. If that means boob then so be it. I never heard of anything so ridiculous as controlled crying! Please pick your baby up if it is crying. Stick a boob in it's mouth. My babies hardly ever cry. They are only tiny for such a short time, cherish every moment. Soon they will be hairy teenagers who hate you (which is also natural). This must work for me as I have managed to have 7 kids and study/work/travel. A little more play would be desirable.
To me, natural parenting starts with natural conception, natural pregancy, natural childbirth and as much as possible an old fashioned upbringing, for example being able to kick a footie on the road, combined with a dose of a healthy teaspoon of concrete. I don't mollycoddle (my kids aint milksops:) Spoilt means exactly that. Disciplining our children is the hardest thing we do as parents, but it is our job and our resposibilty. Unfortunately we live in a nanny state where governments are advised by medical associations and dental associations that are pawns of pharmaceutical industry. The state tells us we can't smack our children, can't say blackboard, can't even have a fag while they play on the swings etc, I mean what is the world coming to? I am not saying medicine has not made major advances, some vaccines may be appropriate in certain circumstances (not for me though). What I am saying is that I believe the benefits of an ever increasing vaccination schedule have reached their upper limits and that what "they" do now is actually causing damage. I call this my theory of devolution.
Unfortunately in an effort to try and do what is right as perceived by society or family, some parents lay trips on themselves. This may include being extra determined to write a birth plan (regime) to have a baby naturally, or vaccinating because of someone else's expectations. Frankly, stuff society and stuff family. These are our children and we know what is right. The reality is life is a hard slog. Having a baby is certainly hard work. Modern medicine can help alleviate pain in childbirth for example and there is enough pain in the world, so if you need it go for it, if you don't grand. However natural childbirth is best, I can tell you from exeperience and vaginal delivery helps inocculate your babies sterile gut and provide the first immune boost. I would love to write about my childbirth experiences one day, probably scare poor mothers with my brutal honesty; beautiful and childbirth don't go in the same sentence for me (but is is beautiful of course..when the babies out ;) I am very good at giving birth not surprisingly, I am a woman.
Nowadays mothers are told not to eat peanuts and other highly allergenic foods when they are pregnant or breastfeeding, like it's the foods fault. This is ludicrous! When you are pregnant and breastfeeding the food proteins you eat (food antigens) are passed into your baby's body so that their immature immune system can learn to recognise that food and make antibodies for that food protein. This is natural. Food allergy, including anaphylaxis occurs when this natural process is suppressed by not breasfeeding and by not eating these foods. Regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding, the advice for mother is eat the TOP EIGHT FOOD ALLERGENS in moderation. For full information on the Top Eight allergens please see also Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of The Rise in Food Allergy
After weaning (again when the child shows an interest in food not when your "health" nurse (AKA vaccination peddler) tells you too (around 6 monthsish), children should eat unprocessed foods or a healthy wholefoods diet rich in polypohenol antioxidants, encouraging reduction and rotation of the Top Eight food allergens, rather than elimination, as complete eliminations makes people hypersensitive (unless true allergy exists of course in which case avoidance is necessary-mind you there are natural treatments available should your child have a true anaphylactic reaction that can mean that, one day your child can eat peanuts again). Foods with additives should be avoided, it isn't rocket science. The easiest way is to avoid processed food with artificial additives in them is to eat meat, eggs, tempeh, tofu, fruit and vegetables and sea vegetables. Please see also Naturopathic Dietary Guidelines.This diet is also naturally anti-inflammatory. Avoid preservatives, flavourings and colourings and excess consumption of foods high in salicylates and vasoactive amines. The message is simple. When it comes to our children, if we love them we don't feed them junk! We are not loving them by sending them to school with a lunchbox of treats just because their friend little johnny gets a lunchbox of treats. Amputation from diabetes isn't pretty and I am seeing more and more limbless people, or are sharks to blame? :) Natural parenting also includes natural housing environment and natural cookware. Yes aluminium pans are bad and non stick - well what do you think? Stick to stainless, wood and natural fibres. Please see my article Oestrogen Dominance and Breast Cancer and the Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Autism for more advice on chemicals in our environment to avoid.
Summary of food additives to limit on the occassions you do buying things in packets.
- Colourings: (E100-180) Tartrazine E102, Sunset YellowE110
- Flavourings: (E620-635)
- Monosodium Glutamate E620
- Preservatives: (E200-297)
- Benzoates (E210-219)
- Sulphites (E220-227)
- Nitrates (E249-252).
- Antioxidants (E320-321) BHA (E320) & BHT (E321)
- Sodium Silico Aluminate (E-554) a nasty free flowing agent added to salt and baking flour.
Dietary Advice to Reduce the Risk of Food Allergy & Intolerance
Organic cows milk / yoghurt (it is lactose free), soy milk, rice milk, goat milk and oat milk. Buy goat or sheep milk cheese. Most feta in the supermarket is cows milk, some is goats, you must ask.
Rotate wheat, rye, barley and oats contain gluten, a common culprit. Good alternatives are millet, polenta, rice, buckwheat and quinoa. All these can be used instead of pasta. There are gluten free flours such as soy flour, potato flour and chickpea flour or gram flour. Spelt bread is a good, wheat free alternative. Try rice crackers or oat cakes. There are many pasta alternatives such as rice noodles, corn noodles or buckwheat noodles. Be careful because some "free" products are worse than the purpetrators.
Decrease pro-inflammatory foods
Decrease red meat consumption as this is high in arachidonic acid which is pro- inflammatory. Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods such as oily fish, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C and bioflavanoids such as blueberries, cherries and peppers. Fresh turmeric and ginger are strong anti-inflammatories.
Natural Parenting Involves Avoiding Pharmaceutical Medicines to Suppress Symptoms
As a naturopath, naturally I raising my children naturally without the use of drugs as I see these as suppressive medicines with potentially very serious side effects. Drugs do not treat the cause of the illness, only suppress symptoms. Instead I use herbal and homeopathic remedies and treatments that work with the body's natural responses to assist the Vital Force. This then, promotes and exercises the immune system to decrease the incidence of chronic disease such as allergy, including food allergy, autoimmune disease, including autism, and cancer. It is harder in the short term but worth every sleepness night in the end. Parenting was never meant to be made to fit in with our schedule, although believe you me, I wish it would. Predominantly this means FEVER MANAGEMENT.
Why I try my damndest to avoid western drugs to prevent and treat childhood diseases
- As a mother I don't believe in giving my kids pharmaceuticals. They never did me any good. I know from experience that natural medicine works as a real alternative. Vaccinations are simply unnatural.
- Concerns about the questionable ingredients of drugs, vaccinations and their side-effects.
- From a naturopathic perspective, drugs including vaccinations suppress symptoms therefore damage the "Vital Force" or life force. Vaccinosis is a homoepathic term that describes the damaging effects of vaccinations to our Vital Force.
- Hygeine Hypothesis states the rise in autoimmune diseases, allergic idsease and cancer is due to children not getting "natural exposure" anymore becasue of overuse of antibacterials, antipyretics, antibiotics and vaccinations.
- From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective, drugs and vaccinations are seen as Evil Qi or Xie Qi, bypass wi and Qi levels and damage Blood, Yin, Yang and Jing directly.
As a mother I dont believe in giving my kids pharamceutical drugs.
Pharmaceutical drugs pose risks. These are called side-effects. Overuse leads to drug resistance. Drug residues are fat soluble and accumulate in the liver kidneys and fats cells. I am suspect of fish and meat but I would never eat most humans, unless they were tasty vegetarian variety :)
Drugs aren't safe! Some drug side-effect statistics that have recently made media attention
- Diclofenac (Voltaren) Increases Risk of Heart Attack & Stroke by 40%
- Effect of (Avandia) rosiglitazone on the risk of myocardial infarction and death from cardiovascular causes
- 99% of breast tumours contain preservative parabens (just threw that one in there see also )
- Sleeping pills linked with much higher risk of cancer and death
- Statins increase the risk of prostate cancer: a population-based case-control study
- Conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autism spectrum disorders.
- Prozac Only Effective as Placebo
I have real concerns regarding the rise in chronic disease in children especially the increase in allergic and autoimmune disease including food allergy and autism. I believe in that my children are meant to get acute illnesses to prevent chronic illnesses. I believe it is no coincidence I have 7 children with no "isms" or "schisms". I believe this is not coincidence but me being proactive. Nowadays 1/3 of all children have a chronic illness. Children aren't meant to get chronic illnesses. The Nanny State Experiment to stop us getting sick seems ot have gone horribly wrong and I want no part in it. There are real concerns with the overuse of antibiotics leading to Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB). In the event that my children will need antibiotics, they will have more of a chance for them to work. In fact, when I did have to go for the antibiotics they were indeed miraculous.
Definition of Chronic Disease (children are not meant to get chronic disease let alone 1/3 of them, this is unatural)
- Have a duration that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 6 months
- Have a pattern of recurrence, or deterioration
- Have a poor prognosis
- Produce consequences, that impact on the individual's quality of life.
Statistics for Chronic Disease In Children
Food allergy and food intolerance rates in children
Australia has the highest food allergy prevalence rates in the world. An Australian study involving 5,000 infants has found 1 in 10 has a food allergy, with the highest rates found among children in Melbourne. Immunologist Professor Katie Allen from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute conducted the study.
"We don't want to be proud to be setting records(Australians are now also winning at being the fattest), but there's absolutely no doubt that's the highest rate yet published in the world." "That's the $64 million question" (and I thought immunologists were the ones who lectured worldwide on the hygeine hypothesis? Oh yes they do! But to prove the hypothesis they would have to rewrite the book, take everyone off vaccinations and paracetamol, everyone would get better and the pharamceuticals would shoot the immunologists...making for good spaghetti western) but meanwhile our kids get sicker.
Up to 25 percent of the population believe they have some sort of food intolerance.
Rates of asthma in children
Asthma is the most common chronic disease at 1 in 10. Type I and Type II diabetes are on the rise. A body that has endured a lifetime on preventative steroids that "successfully control asthma" is not pretty.
Rates of autoimmune disease in children
Autoimmune diseases affect around 1 in 20 people and are one of the most important health issues in Australia. Examples of autoimmune disease include SLE, CFS, Diabetes Type 1, UC, Chron's disease, There is now evidence both CFS (AKA ME) and autism have an autoimmune proponent and are linked to the hygeine hypothesis.
Rates of autism in children
Autism rates in Australia are now at 1 in 110, doubling every five years. Males are affected 4 times more commonly than females.
The 2009 Survey of Disability Ageing & Care (SDAC), showed an estimated 64,600 Australians had autism. The incidence of autism has more than doubled since the 2003 SDAC.
The number of children known to have autism has increased dramatically since the 1980s, at least partly due to changes in diagnostic practice but "as-yet-unidentified" environmental risk factors cannot be ruled out. To me these as yet unidentified environmental factors have indeed got names. Any teacher older than 40 or indeed any person around 40 should be able to tell you this isn't just due to "improved diagnostic criteria". When we gre up noone had epipens, kids didn't have autism and there was only ever a token asthmatic.
Known environmental risk factors in autism
Phthalates in vinyl flooring are linked to autism and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Teflon pans are known and accepted environmental risk factors in Austism but why are we do we not consider the ingredients in vaccinations as environmental risk factors? Oh that's right becuase the doctors have told us they are "safe". Pull the other one. Doctors are not infallable. Is it the "they are in safe in small amount" theory? I don't buy it. 1/3 of our children have a chronic disease, this doesn't seem safe to me. I know 1/3 of my children don't have a chronic degenerative disease that will negatively impact their quality of life. Coincidence or proactive?
Shocking autism statistics in the US
One out of 47 Utah children have been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder, the highest rate in the United States. Coming soon to a state near you....
Conjugate vaccines may predispose children to autism spectrum disorders.
Conjugate vaccines 2 in 1 ( Combination vaccines are more than 2 in 1 ie. Hib vaccine combined with diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-polio vaccine) change the manner in which the immune systems of infants and young children function by deviating immune responses resulting in a disruption of the intense myelination process in infants and young children. Vaccines are bad enough when you are getting one disease at a time let alone these toxic cocktails children are exposed to and exposed to and exposed to and exposed to....children are not BORN with autism or Type I Diabetes, an autoimmune disease.
Cancer rates in children
Overall incidence of childhood cancer has been slowly increasing since 1975. The hygeine hypothesis is linked to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in particluar. We all know cancer is on the rise, but don't worry soon we will be able to identify the cancer gene, then screene everyone, then cut the bits off that will get cancer, OK unless it is in the testes, then take that one step further and make frankenstein babies specifically designed to have low risk of cancer. This is good yes? No!
Rates of dementia in younger and younger
There are over 321,600 Australians living with dementia. Without a medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050. One person every 6 minutes is diagnosed with dementia. There are approximately 24,400 people in Australia with Younger Onset Dementia (a diagnosis of dementia under the age of 65; including people as young as 30). Jaysus what can I say? I forgot.
We are living longer but are we actually living better?
Looking from the statisitics I would say no, we are not living better. In fact I would even dispute the fact that we are living longer. I agree that the pre baby boomers lived long and healthy lives but they lived off pigs brains and sheeps testicles during the war and had no TV at night so went to bed early, and were pre-vaccination...until the now widely used flu vac. I hypothesise that the baby boomers won't live as long as their parents. In my own family sadly I have seen this. As a naturopath, I am with the Verve on this, "The Drugs Don't Work". The experiment has reached its maximum potential and now going severely wrong.
Ingredients in vaccinations
We are constantly told "they are only in small amounts". The problem is we are getting small amount of toxins from everywhere. It is difficult to eliminate all toxins but, quite frankly, we don't need to inject them into our children. Vaccinations, like PFOA in teflon pans and pthalate containing vinyl flooring, need to be considered and eliminated and must not be overlooked anymore. My favourite ingredient, aborted baby cells, not just because, essentially this equates to cannabalism, but even more so because the women involved are not asked to give consent that their feotuses be used.
Of course, yes they took the mercury out, I hear you say. Well I ask if there was no problem with mercury why did they take it out? Also why do they still use mercury in vaccinations for the developing world? Is it becauses they just want to shift old stock? That old chestnut. The flu vaccines our friends and families with lowered immunity are encouraged to get still contain thimerisol, but it is only in safe amounts so that is OK and the flu is sooo very dangerous. Not if you use your arsenal of natural antivirals against it and good old fashioned chicken soup. But that's right doctors aren't very good at treating viruses, hence vaccinations.
From a Naturopathic Perspective, vaccinations suppress the Vital Force
As a Naturopath, I believe in a "Vital Force". The Vital force is indicated by a person's demeanor, their posture ect, "healthy coat", glint in the eyes, the tenor of a person's voice, their ability to defend against disease. Physiologically the Vital Force expresses itself through its response to illnesses and in particular the ability to throw a "good fever". Not an ineffective low grade fever that isn't doing a proper job. (ie under 38 degrees celsius)
Ask yourself this....How well do I defend against disease? Do I get everything going around? Do I feel better after an illnesses or does it wipe me for days/weeks? In my practice there is one common thread among patients with cancer, allergic or autoimmune disease and that is that they do not throw a "good fever".
Or Do I NEVER get sick? In naturopathy we have a saying you are either too well or too unwell to get sick. Which are you? Getting acute viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections and developing a fever as a respose is natural, healthy sign and means you have a strong Vital Force. Living with a chronic degenerative disease is not. Fever is the most important manifestation of the Vital force. Most importantly ask yourself do I get a good fever between 38-40?
Hypothesis and Molecular Mimicry
In Western Medicine, the hygiene hypothesis is a hypothesis that states that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, microorganisms (e.g., gut flora or probiotics), and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic and autoimmune diseases & acute lymphoblastic leukaemia by suppressing natural development of the immune system. Ie. if you don't use it (the immune system) you lose it.
There is some evidence that autism is caused by an immune disease; one study suggests implicates the hygiene hypothesis as a cause of autism.
Because of the increased use of antibiotics, antipyretics (paracetamol, ibuproefen), and vaccines against childhood diseases, children with modern medical care are less likely to experience high fever. High fever prevents cancer. When babies are only weeks old they are given panadol to suppress a fever. Why? Again this is maddness. Fevers are not dangerous. They are an expression of a healthy immune system and a strong Vital Force. They kill cancer cells. Why on earth would you not want your baby to kill cancer cells?
This is not namby pamby hippy rubbish but a subject that immunologists worldwide lecture on. It is a pity that they do not pass on the information to us....but then the advice would be, have a baby naturally, breastfeed, don't use paracetamol, don't vaccinate, let your kids play in the dirt, send them to chicken pox parties and ditch the antibacterials. But no-one would make any money from that. The bottom line for Big Pharma is money for their shareholders. And our sickness is big buisness.
Nowadays what we have instead of chicken pox parties, is terrified groups of mothers holding "peanut butter parties" in parks near Emergency Departments of hospitals. Not my cup of tea. My kids love PBJs.
A Fever is a natural response of a healthy immune system. A fever inhibits toxins and clears waste from the tissues, lymph and blood, on which bacteria feed and multiply. Natural Killer T-cells are increased, as are neutrophils and macrophages, which are the white blood cells responsible for destroying invaders.
Fever IS NOT DANGEROUS unless the temperature is over 101°F (38.3°C) in an infant, 103°F (39.4°C) in a child or 104°F (40°C) in an adult. During a fever of 38-40 degrees celsius our immune system is down regulated. Essentially this means the immune system is disciplined so that it learns not to overreact and attack itself causing autoimmune disease.
I use YEP (yarrow, elderflower and peppermint) tea, a blend of what is called diaphoretic herbs, which promote sweating to lower temperature. These herbs are also amphoteric, meaning that they can lower body temperature if it is too high, or actually work to raise body temperature in a low grade fever ie. 37 degrees celsius.
Basically to manage a fever, if the patient feels cold the temperature is on the way up, if they are sweating the fever has broken and the temperature is on the way down. I also use acupuncture and homeopathics to lower body temperature instantly. With 7 chidren I have a lot of experience but you too can get experience and gain confidence.
I understand that this really challenges some peoples' beliefs, but what I am saying is ditch the panadol, ditch the vaccines etc. and go back to old school medicine your grandmother would have told you. The best protection against the serious potential side effects of childhood diseases such as measles and chicken pox is natural vaginal delivery, breastfeeding, clean air, clean unpolluted water, wholefoods, exercise, rest, love and herbal medicine.
Please get advice from a qualified naturopath like myself and don't go it alone (just yet) There are dangers in everyone thinking they can self prescribe. The doctors are right, there are risks (although they widely exaggerate them) from normal childhood diseases when managed poorly by irresponsible or uneducated parents. Some may even be better off vaccinating. But it is like putting fluoride in the water because some parents don't brush their kids teeth or give them bottles with undiluted juice. Mass medication is not fair on the rest of us who don't need it and don't want it.
From a TCM Perspective, Vaccinations are seen as Evil Qi or Xie Qi (Sheay chi), also known as pathogenic Qi.
From a Tradional Chinese Medicine perpsective the Vital Force can be likened to the state of a person's Qi. In TCM there are many different types of Qi, Spleen Qi, Lung Qi, Kidney Qi, Stomach Qi. The Qi directly aasociated with the immune system is called the Wei Qi. From A TCM perspective, combination vaccines in partcular are most dangerous as in TCM, the body can only deal with one pathogenic qi at a time. Combination vaccines introduce three different disorders deep into the body bypassing the natural defense mecahnisms wei/defensive/ qi levels, and enters directly into the ying/constructive and xue /blood levels, there to incubate as hidden toxins indefinitely.
Pros and Cons of Vaccination
- They work.
- I would ONLY ever recommend vaccination for children part of a community where a disease is prevalent. I would always recommend clean air, clean water and good nutrition preferably. The majority of newborn babies however are not at risk of Hep B, a communicable disease. Health workers or those in lower socioeconomicgroups in developing world are at risk of Hep B. Personally I would use homeopathic prophylaxis to prevent Hep B and herbal medicine to treat it.
- As mentioned at the beginning of this article if you are not willing to put in the hard yards doing the natural things required to support your child's immune system naturally then by all means vaccinate.
Each disease risk needs to be addressed in considering vaccination
- Meningitis is one you may go for although meningitis can be either bacterial or viral and the vaccination against viral meningitis is only 75% effective as the virus mutates. Remember if you only have one vaccination they are not so dangerous. I train parents to recognise symtoms of meningitis, a definate red flag and an indication of a medical emergency.
- Personally I am using homeopathic prophylaxis for all the actual dangerous diseases such as rabies, menigitis, TB, malaria, yellow fever, heammorhagic dengue fever.I have travelled through SE Asia with kids and used homeopathic prophylaxis and Homeopathic First Aid. Interestingly when I was in China during the SARS outbreak, I never felt safer as I was around the best Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Western Medicine had nothing on offer.
- The HPV vaccine is also one you may decide to go for as it is a cause of most incidences of cervical cancer. I stay away from it for both my sons and daughters as the whole gardasil controversy and girls dropping dead scares me. I have prescribed Carahealth Anticancer successfully to treat abnormal pap spears, the cervix is actually easy to get to. I use HPV homeopathic prophylaxis and many herbs are powerful antivirals against HPV. I also encourage my sons and daughters to use condoms which is the best protection as are regular pap smears. From a naturopathic perspective cancer is also multifactorial and not just caused by a virus. Please see also The Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Cancer
- Tetanus is also one you may decide to go for. Personally I use massive doses of vitamin C, homeopathic prophylaxis and treatment, and clean the wound. The danger of tetanus is well exaggerated. You can always decide to get a tetanus in the event you step on a rusty nail also.
In any event remember, Natural Medicine can "mop up the damage" from vaccinantions and homeopathy can specifically treat vaccinosis.
- The Hep B vaccination for the vast majority of healthy newborns is the most ridiculous vaccination ever and I have fun laughing at "them" when they suggest it. It is actually quite offensive of them to suggest it. (BTW they store your child's DNA from the heel prock, unless you specifically request them to destroy it in writing, so I don't do that either)
- They work. - It is because they work that they stop children getting the disease nature intended them to get to excercise an immature immune system so that it can fight off larger diseases, in particular cancer and, so that the immune system does not overreacct, attack itself and result in auto-immune or allergic dieases.
- They don't always work. The irony is my unvaccinated children have to stay home from school when there is an outbreak among the vaccinated children.
- The ingredients alone. Adjuvants preservatives, all the stuff you should stay away from. I am not even going to go into it. Look up formaldehyde at least. Remember though, they are all in safe amounts that's why we are all brimming with health. Not!
- Big Pharma have merely been taking the credit for what improved sanitation and nutrition did all those years ago. WHO statistics show this. If you look at disease rates pre-vaccination and post-vaccination you will see the diseases were already on the decrease BEFORE the introduction of the vaccine. Yes they did continue to go down after the introduction of the vaccine as they already were. This will require you to look beyond the "education pamphlet" in your doctor's waiting room.
- TB is on its way up again and it's MDR-TB
- There are 1000 virus that can look like measles also and they only vaccinate against one.
Scepticism "healthy paranoia"
Bill Gates Philanthropist or Megalomaniac?
A multi billion dollar global health fund backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (behind the campaign to vaccinate every child on the globe) is being probed for widespread fraud after it emerged grant money to developing countries had been 'eaten up by corruption.'
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's corporate stock endowment is heavily invested in food and pharmaceutical companies, directly and indirectly. The Foundation holds significant shares in McDonald's (9.4 million shares representing about 5% of the Gates' portfolio), and Coca-Cola (>15 million shares, over 7% of the Foundation's portfolio, not counting Berkshire Hathaway holdings). In 2009 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sold extensive pharmaceutical holdings in Johnson & Johnson (2.5 million shares), Schering-Plough Corporation (14.9 million shares), Eli Lilly and Company (about 1 million shares), Merck & Co. (8.1 million shares), and Wyeth (3.7 million shares). No Bill, vaccinations will not save African babies, sanitation, clean water, adequate nutrition and mosquito nets and condoms will. And PLEASE leave Bono out of it and now Ewan McGregor? Not Ewan too!
Rick Perry American Poltician and the Gardasil controversy
Pharamceutical giant Merck & Co launched Gardasil in June of 2006, the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Simultaneously, Merck launched a behind-the-scenes campaign lobbying state legislatures to require 11 and 12year old girls to get the three-dose vaccine as a requirement for school attendance. Merck was deceptively funneling money for its state-mandated campaign through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators across the country. Legislatures in roughly 20 states had introduced measures that would mandate girls have the vaccine to attend school but none had passed as of February 2, 2007, the date Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued an "executive order" mandating "the age appropriate vaccination of all female children for HPV prior to admission to the sixth grade."
Mandatory anything is wrong. For example, you must allow a doctor to cut out your child's kidney in the event of him/her being in a terrible accident because you must donate their organs. My organs are going with me. As a Traditonal Chinese Medicine practitioner and a believer in TCM I need my organs intact as my spirit resides in my organs and I'll need my organs with me when I go for my spirit to go here, there and everywhere as it should, naturally. Some will stay here on earth which is nice too :)
My philosophy is.....When in doubt get it out!
A doctor in Ireland was suggesting that because of high suicide rates "they" should put lithium in the water! Mandatory vaccination equates to mass medication and is just wrong. If they brought it in here I would move without a doubt as I would not live in a facist state.This equates to;
- Erosion parents rights
- questionable ingredients
- questionable safety
- corruption - our politicians are sponsered by corporates Big Church, Big Banks, Big Buisness, Big Pharma
Aids is better prevented with condoms
Malaria is better prevented with mosquito nets
TB is better prevented with improved nutrition and sanitation.
In fact 450 million children under 5 die every year from zinc deficiency, indicating the focus be improved nutrition in the manner of "teach a man to fish".
Natural Prenting Groups
I have absolutely no idea wether Natural Parent Groups do or do not support vaccinations. I imagine they are not facist regimes and this is up to the individuals. I have been using the term "natural parent" as long as I have been a parent and a naturopath. Having looked at their websites, there is a guide to what their definitions of "natural parenting" and "attachment parenting" are, and that not all boxes have to be ticked. I would hope that parents who don't vaccinate would feel more conmfortable at these groups rather than mainstream playgroups, because I understand what is is like not to vaccinate and have my dangerous children spreading their diseases everywhere an how much of an ungreatful so and so I am because, it is only because they all vaccinate that my kids are safe and how much of a naiive illinformed scaremongering hippy I am. Cheers guys. I know the main focus of Natural Parenting or Attached Parenting is bonding with your baby in an intuitive way, of which I support wholeheartedly. I support breastfeeding until a child gets molars or about 2 maximum, because in nature, and as a natural parent there is no way you would be able to extend breastfeeding beyond that because another one would be on the way! Maybe with the last hey?
Homeopathic Prophylaxis for Vaccination
Many scientists and homeopathic homeopathy sceptics greet homeopathy with scron and harsh critism, saying that there is no research that has shows that homeopathic medicines work. Such statements are false. Many high quality studies using homeopathic medicines have been published in highly respected medical and scientific journals, including the Lancet, BMJ, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, Chest and many others. I am gradually adding links to these on the website. Although some of these same journals have also published research with negative results to homeopathy, there is research that shows a positive effect. Remember that Prozac was recently proved by scientific method to be no more effective than placebo to treat depression however as a pharmaceutical drug it carries risks, with Prozac in partciluare, increased risk of cardiovascular events.
There is significant research using blood titer draws indicating that children using homeoprophylaxis do develop antibodies to the diseases in question. There is a large body of evidence supporting both the safety and effectiveness of homeoprophylaxis. Homeopathy is widely used in the UK where there is 3 NHS Homeopathic Hosiptals operating to which referals can be made. The Royal family are well known advocates of homeopathy.
What evidence indicates that homeoprophylaxis actually works?
- In Cuba, prophylaxis has been used on 2.5 million people to stop an epidemic of leptospirosis.
- Over 65,000 children in Brazil were treated in a region of Brazil, eradicating a meningitis outbreak.
- 40,000 people were given the homeopathic prophylactic Lathyrus sativus during a polio outbreak in Buenos Aires in 1975. None of them developed polio.
- In 1996, 175,000 people in India were treated in two days during a cholera outbreak. Immediately following there were no more incidents of death and in 10 days the outbreak was stopped.
- In the US and in many other countries, kits are available to immunise your child without toxins. Several large scale research projects of the children being immunized with homeoprophylaxis are underway.
- Children in Colombia have had blood titer draws showing antibodies have developed for all of the homeoprophylaxis immunizations they have received.
- Isaac Golden has a body of over 20 years of research on nearly 3,000 case studies in Australia and the children treated with homeoprophylaxis were the healthiest across the board throughout their lives when compared with children vaccinated with classical vaccines, non-vaccinated children and children treated with classical homeopathy.
While no medicine can guarantee 100 percent immunity, a century of medical literature reveals that the following remedies are as effective in conferring immunity as anything developed in allopathic medicine. They may be taken for general immunisation or used to increase immune response during seasons of high risk.
This protocol was developed and used successfully on numerous patients for four decades by Francisco X. Eizayaga, M.D, of Buenos Aires. The remedies listed below are the ones that have been reported useful in homeopathic literature.
1.In general, nosodes (which are underlined below ), provide very specific protection. These, however, can be difficult to find. Give your child a 200c potency of the remedy you select for three successive days. Only one remedy may be given at a time, and not more than one disease may be immunized for each week. You may require the assistance of a trained homeopathic physician in choosing or obtaining some of these remedies.
2.Avoid giving the child coffee! or strong tea as caffeine will antidote homeopathic remedies. Avoid camphor (either inhalation or contact) as it will also antidote homeopathics. Menthol, eucalyptus, and other potent aromatics should be avoided for several weeks until antibody levels have built up as these substances also have the potential to antidote the immune provoking action of these homeopathic remedies.
3.The remedy is best taken first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening just before bedtime. Place drops or pellets on or under the tongue. It is important for the mouth to be naturally clean for a homeopathic remedy to be effective. Take nothing by mouth 10 minutes before or after taking a remedy (not even water). It is recommended that the remedy be taken at least 1/2 an hour before or 1 hour after meals. First thing in the morning is preferable for convenience and effectiveness.
4.While homeopathic immunisations have been known to be effective for as long as ten years, it is not easy for a parent to determine how long increased immunity will last in each case. Therefore, it is recommended that your child be given the appropriate homeopathic remedy every 2- 4 years depending upon his general health.
5.Children who have not been immunised 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.
Disorders and their Prophylactic Remedies
- Chicken Pox Antimonium tart., Pulsatilla, Rhus tox.
- Cholera Arsenicum alb., Choleratoxinum , Cuprum ac., Veratrum alb.
- Diphtheria Apis, Mercurius cyan., Diphtherinum
- Hydrophobia/ Rabies Hydrophobinum, Lyssinum (For Bat rabies), Stramonium
- Influenza & Colds Psorinum 200c given in the Fall before it becomes cold will strengthen the system against cold and flu virus; Influenzinum et Baccilinum 200c (from Nelson's Pharmacy, London) every 3-4 weeks during flu season greatly reduces the incidence of colds and influenza; Ocilloccocinum, 10 pellets twice a day given at the first sign of a cold or flu will often abort the infection.
- Measles Aconitum nap., Arsenicum alb., Morbillinum, Pulsatilla, Varicellinium
- Mumps Parotidinum, Pilocarpine, Trifolium rep.
- Pertussis/ Whooping Cough Cuprum met., Drosera, Vaccinum, Pertussinum, also for treatement Aconite, Hepar sulph, Spongia trio
- Pneumonia - Pneumococcinum
- Polio Carbolic ac., Lathyrus sat. Physostigma,, Polio (mixed nosode), Polio (Salk)
- Rubella / German measles Pulsatilla, Rubella nosode
- Small PoxAntimonium tart., Hydrastis, Kali cyan., Variolinum
- Tetanus Ledum pal., Thuja, Tetanotoxinum; it is often recommended that the allopathic immunization be given instead as it produces vary few problems
- Tonsillitis/ Quinsy- Barita carbonica 30c given when inflammation threatens will abort the development of the inflammation
NOTE: When allopathic vaccination does not want to be avoided, the following procedure may be used to reduce the undesirable side-effects of such vaccinations.
1.Immediately after vaccination, give Aconitum nap. 30c, twice a day for three days.
2.After Aconitum give Thuja 30c, twice a day for 4 days.
3.Two to four weeks after vaccination, a single dose of the nosode made from the "immunising" agent may be given in the 200c potency if this is available.
Carahealth Homeopathic Prophylactic Kit
Influenzinum et Baccilinum
Polio (mixed nosode)
Barita carbonica 30c
Kate Birch – vaccinefree.wordpress.com
Isaac Golden - homstudy.net
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman/luc-montagnier-homeopathy-taken-seriously_b_814619.html Nobel laureate, Luc Montagnier supports science of homeopathy, studied diluted DNA & verified electromagnetic signals of the original medicine remains in the water and has dramatic biological effects. He did not extrapolate this to homeopathy himself s he is not a homeopath of course.
http://www.thevaccinealternative.com/ These guys are making a film about the efficiency of Homeopathic prophylaxis and would welcome donations for this project. Many of the links here have been suggested on their website.
http://vaers.hhs.gov/index to report vaccination side effects
http://avn.org.au/ Australia's own vaccination network providing information because every story has 2 sides - good for vaccine safety links
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