Side of Debate – against conventional immunisation
Topic/Points to cover – forms of natural immunisation.
There is increasing public awareness of the dangers associated with some immunisations, giving rise to concern as to what the long-term effects of introducing foreign matter into our bodies may be. Irreparable damage could be caused and minor effects are rarely publicised.
Vaccines can contain protein, bacterial and viral particles, preservatives, neutralisers and carrying agents. Allergic reactions to these substances can cause anaphylactic shock – sudden collapse and can rapidly become fatal.
There are many statistics that seem to show that the incidence of a disease has decreased with immunisation – but there was a decline in many infectious diseases during the 20th century due to better living conditions and sanitation. These factors were already responsible for the decline in diseases such as cholera, typhoid & diphtheria before the introduction of immunisation. In fact, a World Health Report has shown that disease and mortality rates in the third world are closely related to standards of hygiene and diet and are not directly linked with immunisation or medical treatment.
The body has a built in immune system, which, if strengthened, can play an important role in resisting epidemics, and any disease, which might attack less healthy individuals. Disease does not occur unless there is an existing predisposition to it.
More natural ways of immunising and protecting your child against a myriad of diseases and infections include breast feeding your child and using homoeopathic alternatives to conventional vaccines.
- Breast Milk (reference 1)
Breast milk is more than a source of food and nourishment to the growing child. It contains unique anti-infective properties that help to boost a baby’s immune system. A baby’s immune system is not fully developed at birth and it relies on the antibodies from the placenta prior to birth. Following birth, the protective factors in breast milk provide unique immune benefits.
The white blood cells in breast milk are composed of:
- B lymphocytes that give rise to antibodies targeted against specific microbes
- Macrophages, which kill microbes outright in the baby’s gut and activate other components of the immune system.
- Neutrophils that act as phagocytes, injecting bacteria into the baby’s system
- T lymphocytes manufacture compounds that can strengthen a child’s immune response; kill infected cells directly or send out messages to mobilise other defences; proliferate in the presence of organisms that cause serious illness.
The molecules that are present in breast milk also play an important immunological benefit:
- Antibodies to secretory IgA class bind to microbes in the baby’s digestive tract and thereby prevent them from passing through the walls of the gut and into the body’s tissues
- B2 binding protein reduces the amount of vitamin B2, which bacteria need in order to grow.
- Bifidus factor promotes the growth of a harmless bacterium called Lactobacillus bifidus, which is beneficial in maintaining the normal flora of the bowel.
- Fatty acids disrupt the membranes surrounding certain viruses and destroy them.
- Fibronectin increases the activity of the macrophages (white blood cell in breast milk).
- Gamma interferon enhances the antimicrobial activity of immune cells.
- Hormones and growth factors stimulate the baby’s digestive tract to mature, making it less vulnerable to micro-organisms.
- Lactoferrin binds to iron (a mineral that many bacteria need to survive). By reducing the iron availability, lactoferrin reduces growth of pathogenic bacteria.
- Lysosymes kill bacteria by disrupting their cell walls.
- Mucins and oligosaccharides adhere to bacteria and viruses disallowing them to attach to the mucosal surface of the bowel.
A mother and baby share the same environment and are therefore going to be challenged by the same germs. Thus, if a mother ingests viruses and bacteria she will manufacture her own antibodies and will in turn transfer these to the baby via breast milk. While research is showing that babies benefit from being exclusively breastfed for up to six months the World Health Organization recommends 2 years and beyond. There is growing evidence that breastfeeding has lifelong health benefits against diseases, allergies, cancers and intestinal disorders.
Homoeopathic Immunisation or Homoeoprophylaxis
Homoeopathy is a complete and independent system of medicine therapeutics based on the natural principle of ‘Similia similibus curentur’ meaning ‘let likes be cured with like’. This means that substances causing specific symptoms in a healthy person can cure these symptoms in someone who is sick. Thus, it is believed each substance has two (dual) actions – cause or cure.
The fundamental basis of homoeopathy is the Law of Similars – like treats like. From this foundation there are four main pillars, key doctrines or principles. The key doctrines within homoeopathy are:
- Doctrine of single remedy.
A single remedy is provided to treat all the individual’s symptoms.
- Doctrine of minimum dose (infinitesimal).
A sufficient amount of the desired substance is used to create a reaction in the individual. Thus a patient cannot overdose. Homoeopathic solutions can be diluted to such an extent that literally no molecules of the original substance remain in the remedy.
- Doctrine of individualism.
Each case is dealt with individually. Different individuals with similar symptoms may not be given the same treatments.
- Doctrine of totality of symptoms.
All the symptoms are considered in the assessment in order to provide the most appropriate treatment for that individual.
Homoeoprophylaxis means the using of a homoeopathic preparation with the intent of preventing the appearance of disease in an individual or population. The actual homoeopathic preparation used in any particular case may be either a classical remedy, a nosode, (a remedy prepared from diseased tissue or from the product of disease), or an Isopathic preparation (made from the disease organism or toxin).
Experience and research by many homoeopaths over the last two hundred years has established the safety and effectiveness of homoeopathy in providing protection against infectious diseases. Homoeopathy was used before the development of modern vaccines and continues to be used with a success rate equal to or better than that claimed for modern vaccines.
Health authorities admit that vaccination of young children has a degree of risk and that unwanted effects do happen. Many people are convinced that such adverse effects are greatly under-reported and are minimised by the medical profession as a whole. These effects range from mild redness and pain at the injection site through to very serious reactions, which can cause lifelong problems and even death.
Injections themselves should not cause these reactions – ask any insulin dependent diabetic. The reactions are caused by the many chemicals and foreign proteins included with the vaccines, and through the disease organism being introduced to the body by an unnatural means.
Why choose homeopathy?
- can build up immunity to infections
- are capable of removing an existing predisposition to a disease.
- can act as curative agents where a disease has developed
- have no side effects
- are derived from natural substances
The idea of vaccination does appear to resemble the homoeopathic law of similars – like treats like. However, the homoeopathic remedies used in homoeopathic immunisation differ very much from the allopathic vaccines in that:
- Their size is much smaller (ultradilution and infinitesimal doses)
- Only one remedy is administered at a time.
Ultimately however, vaccination, whether it be with homoeopathy or with allopathic vaccines, should remain the choice of the individual or parents of small children.
- Australian vaccination network (WA) inc.
- Scheibner, V. (1993): VACCINATION 100 years of orthodox research shows that vaccines represent a medical assault on the immune system. Australia: Australian Print Group.