Can Homeopathy be used as Vaccination?

With the author’s permission, Fran Sheffield, the following information has been copied from http://homeopathyplus.com.au/taken-to-court-2-gathering-the-information/

My correspondence with Fran is also noted below.  Note that I take issue with some implications of the article.

Epidemics and the spread of homeopathy

Historical literature was riddled with further accounts of homeoprophylaxis, including its use during the great epidemics

These epidemics took place before the age of the randomised controlled trial (RCT), but records and comparisons were still kept and showed that homeoprophylaxis was successful in preventing cholera, typhoid, diphtheria, poliomyelitis, scarlet fever, smallpox and polio. (I have included some of these historical accounts in Homeoprophylaxis: Human Records, Studies and Trials found under Resources and Events at the bottom of this post.)

In fact, homeopathy performed so well that it spread rapidly around the world on the back of these epidemic and pandemic diseases. Without its success in their treatment and prevention, homeopathy’s early growth and adoption would have been much slower.

Evidence in recent records

In countries where homeoprophylaxis is still well-known and practised, governments are using it to protect their populations, sometimes in the order of millions, against diseases such as dengue fever, chikungunya, meningococcal disease, Japanese encephalitis, leptospirosis, and malaria.

For example:

  • When the Indian government introduced homeoprophylactics into the state of Andra Pradesh, notifications of endemic Japanese encephalitis dropped to zero within 3 years;
  • The governments of Brazil, Cuba, India and Colombo have used homeoprophylaxis to control epidemics of dengue fever – a disease which is already endemic in 110 countries and now present in Australia, and for which no vaccine exists;
  • Cuba, a country which manufactures and supplies vaccines to other countries, has found it is more efficient and less expensive to manage its annual leptospirosis epidemics with homeoprophylaxis rather than by a vaccine;
  • The Brazilian government saved many lives with a homeoprophylactic during two meningococcal epidemics; and,
  • India regularly turns to homeopathy to control its malaria epidemics.

In addition, homeoprophylaxis is being used by medical doctors and non-government organisations. When prophylactics were given:

  • for a flu epidemic, the incidence of flu in factory workers was reduced, or the time of illness shortened if flu was contracted;
  • for a chikungunya epidemic in Kerala, India, doctors reported a high level of protection in those who received the genus epidemicus;
  • for diphtheria, recipients became Schick negative indicating the presence of antibodies;
  • to family members of those infected with viral hepatitis, they remained disease-free;
  • to children in Brazil at risk of respiratory tract infections and influenza, the incidence of infections over the next 12 months was much lower;
  • to communities and refugees in South Africa where malaria is endemic, a reduced number of episodes were reported.

And surprise, surprise, I even found a few small studies on homeoprophylaxis and whooping cough!

Under the microscope

In parallel to these real world applications, homeoprophylaxis is also being examined in animal models and at the bottom of Petri dishes and test tubes where increased resistance to the malaria parasite was produced in mice, Japanese encephalitis was controlled in exposed chick embryos, and the ability of viruses to pass on respiratory tract infections such as coughs, colds, and flu was neutralised or dampened.

(As with the historical records, all of these instances are included in Homeoprophylaxis: Human Records, Studies and Trials pdf found under Resources and Events at the bottom of this post.)

Vaccination: A crude form of homeopathy

In light of the listed studies and reports, it should be clear that homeopathy not only treats but prevents disease.

Homeopathic practice is based on a natural law or principle – the Law of Similars – by which it is possible to predict the treatment and preventative effects of medicines.

A classic example is coffee. It causes insomnia so, as a homeopathic remedy, it treats types of insomnia. Malaria is another example. The malaria parasite causes malaria but, as a homeopathic remedy, it prevents malaria.

This ‘like treats like’ concept is surprisingly simple and, while some go to great pains to deny it, is also the rationale behind vaccines. One of the pioneers of immunology and the first winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Emil Adolf von Behring, was forthright in acknowledging homeopathy when he said:

“Jenner’s discovery remained a relatively isolated episode in medicine until Pasteur connected its origin with a principle that cannot be better characterized than by Hahnemann’s word: homeopathic. What else causes epidemiological immunity in a sheep vaccinated against anthrax, if not the influence previously exercised by a micro-organism having similar characteristics to those of fatal anthrax? And what technical term appropriately defines this influence exercised by a similar micro-organism if not the word of Hahnemann: homeopathy?”

Problems avoided and benefits realised

The main concern about vaccines from the homeopath’s point of view is that they are prepared and administered in an unsafe manner: the dose is too strong, they carry toxic additives, and they’re given by inappropriate pathways.

Homeoprophylaxis avoids these problems. It’s also versatile, inexpensive, quick to produce and easy to distribute.

Keeping this in mind, we’ll return to Von Behring  who went on to say:

“I am touching here upon a subject anathematized till very recently by medical penalty: but if I am to present these problems in historical illumination, dogmatic imprecations must not deter me.”i

The same sentiments are true today – dogma and penalty must not restrict information on homeoprophylaxis. The time has come for us all to take a closer look at what it can do to relieve the burden of disease.

With the author’s permission, Fran Sheffield, the following information has been copied from http://homeopathyplus.com.au/taken-to-court-2-gathering-the-information/

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Meet the Author

Ellen Madono

Ellen Madono is a homeopath working in Tokyo. Currently, her work in homeopathy focuses on healing.
She was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and went to West High school. At Oberlin College, she majored in Asian History. Her Ph.d. is from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a special interest in Asian Culture, language and Japanese apprenticeship. Skills in phenomenological cultural analysis have easily transferred to homeopathic case analysis. She keeps up her health through Meditation, Yushiki Breathing Practices, Classical Homeopathy, Accutonics, Akido and Parasara Yoga.

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