When my first son was born, I was pretty sure I didn’t want to vaccinate, but I didn’t know what, if any, the alternatives were for immunisation. When I found out there was such a thing as homeoprophylaxis a few years later, I was excited. Here was what I had been looking for – a way to protect my children in a responsible and reasonable way, without the risks and side-effects of the conventional system.
The thing is, I’m not anti-vaccination. Personally, I think that the original Louis Pasteur theory – using a part of the virus to stimulate an immune response against that virus – makes logical sense. But what worries me most about modern vaccination, even more than the ingredients, is that such a large number of different diseases are injected at one time. When my youngest son was born, the 6-week vaccination schedule contained eight different diseases. Eight diseases, most of which he would never come across in his entire lifetime, given at 6-weeks-old before his immunity had even a hope of developing. If I vaccinated him according to the full schedule, at four-years-old he will have received 17 vaccinations containing 14 different diseases, some of which are repeated 2-4 times during the schedule. There are three new diseases included since my eldest son’s vaccine schedule seven years earlier, and still discussion about including more, such as Varicella (Chicken Pox). In comparison, when I was a child vaccinations started at 3-months-old, and our first vaccination was for three diseases.
“When I found out there was such a thing as homeoprophylaxis a few years later, I was excited”
The Isaac Golden Homeoprophylaxis Program (HP) begins with one remedy for a single disease at 4-weeks-old – Pertussis. Pertussis antibodies cannot be passed to baby in utero or via Mum’s milk, and is a viable risk for young babies in the community today. The HP program begins two weeks before the standard schedule, giving parents a benefited option from the get-go, even if they go on to vaccinate. Only one disease is dealt with at a time under the HP program – allowing time for the health mechanism to adjust and strengthen between each monthly dosage.
Dr Isaac Golden is an Australian homeopath who began implementing and researching his HP program in the 1980s. It was his intent that there be an easily-accessible alternative to the conventional immunisation approach. For over 30 years he has detailed the results of his program, giving us verifiable statistics in support of his work. Homeoprophylaxis has actually been used since the founder of homeopathy, Samuel Hahnemann, first noticed that a patient he was treating with Belladonna was the only member of her family who did not contract Scarlet Fever. He began using HP in 1798 – vaccination was first used in 1796.
Although there is a standard schedule to follow with the HP program, this can be adapted to include whatever diseases the parents feel their children will be at risk for. The diseases included in the program have been selected according to research to indicate they are still present in the community today, and/or due to the severity of the illness itself. Measles, for example is not included in the main program but in the supplementary kit for use only in times Measles is present in the community. This is because it is thought not as potentially serious as other diseases such as Pertussis or Pneumococcal, however if parents prefer to include Measles in the schedule then it can easily be amended to do so.
Some question the need for disease prevention at all because of the development that the immune system undergoes after going through a childhood disease. After a serious illness with a high fever, you may notice your child has suddenly progressed in their milestones. At 18-months-old, my eldest boy came down with Swine Flu. After he had recovered I noticed how much his vocabulary had increased, and that he was far more interested in drawing with crayons and looking at books. What Dr Golden has found is that children who undergo his program not only have shown to be more robust in health, but that they appear to pass through the development benefits of the disease without the side effects. This indicates what we already know about homeopathy, that it may stimulate the immune response to develop and strengthen.
I have used the program exclusively for my youngest son. My eldest was vaccinated up until 18-months-old, but I now use the remedies in the kit if I know there are diseases present in the area. We use the kit if we cut ourselves with rusty metal, or in flu-season.
Most people have never heard about homeoprophylaxis, even if they’ve used homeopathy for years. If you’d like to read more, have a look at Lee-Anne’s blog post about the use of homeoprophylaxis by the Cuban government against Leptospirosis a few years ago, and what happened when compared with areas that used conventional vaccination.
If you’d like to find out more about homeoprophylaxis or want to book in a half-hour consultation with Lee-Anne or myself to discuss it further and ask any questions, you can do so by going here (find it under ‘Class’).