A homeopathic vaccine alternative is available called homeoprophylaxis which uses nosodes for immunizations. Is it safe and effective?
Disclaimer: I am not for or against homeoprophylaxis. This article is being provided as informational based on research gathered from various internet sources. The choice to vaccinate or use homeopathic immunizations needs to be carefully considered. There are pros and cons to both.
For some parents, the decision whether to vaccinate or not vaccinate their newborn is agonizing. Expecting parents or parents of newborns may feel pulled in two polar opposite directions, vacillating between following the recommended Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vaccine guidelines, or choosing not to vaccinate at all.
For those experiencing this challenging decision, making the decision whether to vaccinate or not is complicated, if trying to make an unbiased, yet, informed decision.
A conventional pediatrician will perhaps tell you that you have nothing to worry about getting all the vaccines per CDC guidelines. The doctor may tell you he or she has never seen any adverse reaction from the vaccines, perhaps other than soreness at the injection site.
On the flip side, there is a vocal minority of anti-vaccine parents. Perhaps you’ve talked to some anti-vaccine parents yourself. And maybe they told you that one of their children had a severe adverse reaction to a vaccine, such as a seizure or very high fever. Or maybe they told you their child never received any vaccines, and many years later is in great health, never once so much as catching a cold.
What side should you believe … the standard pro-vaccine, get-all-your-shots-so-you-don’t-put-others at-risk conventional side, or, the anti-vaccine crowd?
Reasons for concern about vaccines
A growing number of parents are concerned about getting the traditional schedule of vaccines for several reasons, including:
Amount of different vaccines given at one time: up to eight
Total number of doses: 69 by age 18; 49 by age six
Total number of antigens the immune system is exposed to, by age two: 38
Vaccine preservatives: formaldehyde, aluminum, polysorbate 80, succinate, monkey kidney tissue, etc.
Potential adverse reactions from the vaccines
But just because you may be seriously concerned about the potential risks of traditional, pharmaceutical vaccines does not mean you have no other alternatives to protect your child from infectious diseases.
Homeopathic Vaccine Alternative
Homeopathic immunizations (also called ‘homeoprophylaxis’ or HP for short; never should homeopathic immunizations be referred to as ‘homeopathic vaccines!’ ) is increasing in popularity. Parents like the idea of protecting their child from disease without potentially toxic vaccine ingredients. But for parents who want to research the efficacy of homeopathic immunizations, a web search for, “Do homeopathic immunizations work” may confuse the concerned parents even more.
Why is there so much conflicting information on homeoprophylaxis effectiveness?
Asking the question, “Are Homeopathic Immunizations Effective” depends on who you ask. It doesn’t take deep search engine research to come across a myriad of links to articles and medical reports bashing or discrediting homeopathy and the homeopathic vaccine alternative known as homeoprophylaxis.
One review of homeopathy, published in Annals of Internal Medicine (Ann Intern Med. 2003 Mar 4; 138(5):393-9.) concluded, “[T]he evidence of the effectiveness of homeopathy for specific clinical conditions is scant, is of uneven quality, and is generally of poorer quality than research done in allopathic [mainstream] medicine.”
That same review, however, went on to say, “Nevertheless, ‘when only high quality studies have been selected… a surprising number show positive results….”
Critics contend that no conclusive double-blind, randomized controlled trials have proven, in general, homeopathy’s efficacy, as well as homeopathic immunizations.
But proponents of homeoprophylaxis contend that conventional vaccines are also lacking in critical scientific studies that prove the long-term safety of pharmaceutical-grade vaccines.
Dr. Isaac Golden is a homeopath and earned the first ever PhD in homeopathic research from a mainstream Australian University. Golden has been a pioneer in the field of homeopathic prophylaxis since 1984. His research website, offers historical evidence, epidemic studies, and his own 20-year study of over 2,000 children whose parents used his prophylaxis program, the latter of which, Golden concluded, proved over 92% effective at preventing disease.
Click here for an exclusive interview with Dr. Golden.
How does homeoprophylaxis work?
Before answering the question, if you’re reading this without knowing how homeopathy, in general, works, the gist of it operates on the principle: “like cures like.” This theory was promulgated by a German doctor, Samuel Hahnemann, in the late 18th century. Hahnemann discovered if a patient had an illness, it could be cured by giving a medicine which, if given to a healthy person, would produce similar symptoms of that same illness but to a slighter degree. So, let’s say a patient was suffering from severe nausea, then the patient would be given a medicine which in a healthy person would provoke mild nausea. [Source]
Homeopathy is a holistic form of medicine. Rather than a conventional doctor spending little time with a patient analyzing symptoms, homeopathy is considered effective when administered by a classically-trained homeopath, who will meet with the patient for well over an hour, getting the whole picture of the patient (hence ‘holistic’) , i.e. diet, stress levels, and many other factors.
About 200 years ago, Hahnemann developed an immunization based on his ‘like treats like’ principle, for scarlet fever. Homeoprophylaxis, the homeopathic vaccine alternative, prevents disease through nosodes.
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