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A cough is a body’s way of clearing the delicate air passages of irritants, most usually mucous. The mucous has been produced as a sticky substance to carry viruses, bacteria, inhaled particles (i.e. dust, pollen) and dead white blood cells out of the body. It is best to not use cough medicines because they interfere with the natural protective mechanism of the lungs to rid themselves of mucous. If repressed, a cough can lead to deeper infections. Or it will take longer for the child to get rid of the cough completely. Utilizing homeopathy aids the body in ridding itself of the cough and making the child more comfortable. Coughs can be hard to deal with because of a large variety of symptoms. There are many things to take into account. Be patient! Try not to get discouraged; you may need to evaluate the case two or three times. You may need to repeat a remedy a few times a day over the course of a few days. A neglected persistent cough can lead to or indicate other problems, so it is advisable to get an evaluation by your health care practitioner, if the cough is not resolving.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under the age of 6 years old, because they do not work and can have dangerous side effects. There are warning labels on these products which state that they should not be given to children under the age of 2 years old.
A chest infection can lead to various other more serious conditions. Fever is associated with all of these at some point. (Look to fever section below for further indications and verification of the right remedy). A course of antibiotics is the preferred orthodox treatment. Even if the condition is viral, doctors want to prevent opportunistic bacteria from colonising in the already compromised lungs. The viruses and bacteria take hold of the body because of susceptibility due to being run down, highly stressed out, being severely depressed or deeply grieved, being out of balance or sleep deprived. Chest infections can quickly spin off into serious conditions in those who are hereditarily susceptible, weak (especially an infant), a teen who smokes, or being on some long term medications. It is most significant how the body signals its distress by producing an individual set of symptoms. The diagnosis “Chest infection” is generally applied to a cough with mucus in the lungs and is usually the result of not taking care in the initial stages of a common cold. It is really important to read “CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER IF” section below so you know when to seek help if there is a serious turn of events in chest complaints.
A little anatomy lesson here so you can tell where the cough is originating:
Pharynx – The back of the tongue where it turns and goes into the throat.
Larynx – The throat down to the throat pit, just below the Adam’s apple, that is called the voice box.
Trachea – The wind pipe just before the lungs.
Bronchus – The main tube into the lungs.
Bronchioles – The smaller tubes on both sides that carry the air in and out of the lungs.
Croup – Croup is an inflammation of the larynx, trachea and sometimes into the bronchus. Because of swollen mucous membranes, the air passages become narrow. This gives the cough the “croupy, metallic, barking” sound. (Think of a high-pitched and hoarse dog barking or a barking seal). The cough is sometimes described as the sound of a barking seal. It is usually brought on by a cold or influenza in children 6 months to 4 years old. It usually starts with hoarseness. Croup may or may not be accompanied by fever. It often starts suddenly around midnight. Child usually wakes in a panic because they are having trouble breathing. Then they begin coughing. If the cough is severe, they may gag or choke. It is usually much worse at night and less severe during the day. Croup requires careful watching in the very young because the symptoms can change rapidly. To ensure that the airways are kept open, prop the child up with a pillow. Make sure that fluid intake is kept high. You may warmly wrap the child (i.e. hat, mittens, socks, completely covered in warmth) and take them into the cool night air for about five minutes. This reduces swelling in the airways. Do not take them out if it is bitter cold, as this can shock the lungs. A cool mist vaporizer in the child’s room can also be helpful. If the child has been coughing and gagging for more than 24 hours despite initial treatment, call your health care practitioner. A child, who has croup several times or does not get rid of the cough in between bouts, needs to be evaluated by your health care practitioner. Occasionally a child will not respond to indicated remedies and the symptoms of croup become so alarming that hospital becomes the only course to take. If there are no results, call your health care practitioner. See #13 in the “Call Your Healthcare Practitioner If” section and inform yourself about epiglottis.
As stated above, croup often starts suddenly around midnight. This indicates Aconitum as an initial remedy, but there are other symptoms that point to it as well: heat; anxiety; restlessness; hoarseness; cough is dry and barking (like a seal); short difficult breathing. One dose (2 pellets) will often ease the symptoms immediately. If symptoms persist repeat in ½ hour. If there are no results, and the child’s breathing sounds harsh, is becoming more laboured, and the cough is persisting, give a dose of Spongia Tosta. Wait another ½ hour. If your child is not asleep by now, and the breathing is still not easy with continued coughing, give a dose of Hepar Sulph. However, usually after 2 doses of Aconitum, the child is better.
The main remedies for croup are Aconitum, Hepar Sulph., and Spongia Tosta. There are a few others as well. (see below in the Cough section). If there are no results from the above remedies, look to other remedies: Arsenicum, Belladonna, Iodium, Ipecacuanha, Kali Bich, Lachesis, Phosphorus, Rumex (see below).
Whooping Cough – This information is here because there have been many cases where the child has been immunized with the DPT vaccine, yet still developed whooping cough. (The “P” in DPT stands for Pertussis). Whooping cough is cause by the Bordetella
pertussis bacteria. It is sometimes referred to as pertussis. The ‘whoop’ sound is a hoarse intake of a breath at the end of a bout of coughing. The bacteria emit toxins which paralyze the cilia in the lungs. The cilia are like tiny hairs that line the respiratory openings. Because of the paralysis, inflammation sets in, which interferes with the clearing of normal mucous. Thick, sticky mucous builds up and produces a gagging cough. The incubation period of whooping cough is 7 to 10 days. Infected children are contagious from onset up to 21 days after the coughing has begun. Whooping cough was once known as the “hundred day cough” because that was the period from the onset to full recovery. This cough is more likely to occur in the spring or summer. It usually starts with a low grade fever, sneezing, a runny nose, and a loose cough which is worse at night. This may continue up to two weeks. They may also be achy with low energy, a loss of appetite, watery eyes, and earaches. Then the mucous becomes thick and the child cannot cough it up. The coughing fits often end in gagging and vomiting. The coughing can last from 8-10 coughs per breath. The child’s face can become blue, due to the long coughing bouts and shortness of breath. There can be a look of terror on the child’s face because the severity of the cough, being unable to catch their breath, or the pain of coughing which causes fear and dread. This stage can last up to six weeks. Do not attempt to treat whooping cough in a child under one year old. Seek professional help. Whooping cough requires patient observation and calmness; it is a long and tiring condition for child and parent. Remedy pictures can change, unexpectedly, and it is best to have expert help if the coughing persists. It is really advisable to have help from a homeopath for this condition and/or staying in close contact with your health care provider to provide your child with the utmost comfort. It is rare for complications to occur in a child over one year old. However, it is important to monitor progress very carefully because the cough can become violent and damage the lungs. It can also cause a hernia in the navel or a bowel prolapse in the very young. Complications can include pneumothorax (collapsed lung) which needs emergency hospital treatment, pleurisy, or pneumonia. If the child persistently cries after coughing or a sudden high fever develops then you must seek professional help, immediately. Again, this is rare. But one needs to by observant and use good judgement.
There are many remedies for whooping cough and it is not unusual for the child to need more than two of them. The most usual ones are: Antimonium Tart., Bryonia, Carbo Veg., Coccus Cacti, Cuprum Metallicum, Drosera, Ipecac, Lycopodium, Nux Vomica, Phosphorus and Spongia Tosta.
OBSERVING DIFFERENT KINDS OF COUGHS:
- A dry cough is usually hacking and tickling, because the mucous membranes are dry or the mucous is tough and sticking to the air passages. The chest is usually tight. The remedies are: Aconitum, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, Causticum, Chamomilla, Ignatia, Iodium, Kali Bich, Lachesis, Nux Vomica, Phosphorus, Pulsatilla, Rumex, Spongea Tosta, and Sticta Pulmonaria.
- A moist cough has a lot of mucous in the air passages. There is a loose rattling and bubbling sound in the chest. This can be heard in the cough or the breathing. Even though there is a lot of mucous, in some coughs, it is hard for the child to cough it up. These coughs can take awhile to clear and stop sounding so awful. The remedies are: Antimonium Tart, Hepar Sulph, Ipecacuanha, Kali Sulph, Lycopodium, and Pulsatilla.
- Spasmodic coughs come in fits of uncontrollable, violent and prolonged coughing. The remedies are: Carbo Veg, Coccus Cacti, Cuprum Metallicum, Drosera, Ignatia, and Ipecacuanha.
LISTENING TO THE SOUND OF A COUGH:
- Machine gun cough – repeats frequently; can’t catch breath. Drosera, Coccus Cacti.
- Rapid coughing spells. Rumex.
- Barking, like a seal. Aconitum, Hepar Sulph.
- Like a saw being driven through a pine board. Spongia Tosta.
- Hissing with hoarseness. Antimonium Tart.
- Rattling. Antimonium Tart, Coccus Cacti.
WHAT TO OBSERVE: Based on the above explanations, what kind of cough does the child have? What is the sound of the cough: rattling, deep, hoarse, ringing, hacking, like a machine gun (in rapid succession), hollow or barking? Is the cough worse or better: talking; movement; sitting up or lying down; day or night; cool or warm air; dry or moist air; hot or cold drinks; inside or outside? What is the sound of the child’s breathing: wheezy, labored, or squeaky? If the child coughs up mucous does it have a specific taste: metallic, sweet, or salty? Is the child taking short shallow breaths? What color is the mucous, if they can cough it up? Is the mucous lumpy, frothy or stringy? Do they have a sore throat? Is there a tickling in the throat? What is the child’s mood? Does the child want warm or cold drinks or food, or want no food or drink? Is the child experiencing a fever or a headache? Take their temperature.
SUPPORTIVE MEASURES: For All Coughs: Get extra rest. Push fluids, even if they only take a few sips at a time. This will help to keep the mucous loose. Do not force the child to eat, if they are not hungry. This gives the digestive system a rest and encourages the body to eliminate toxic wastes. If the child asks for food give a light diet, low in sugar, high in Vitamin C, and avoid stimulants such as cola or tea. Even if the chest is sore, encourage the child to cough. This will help to get the mucous out. Use a vaporizer (cool or hot) depending on the type of cough. If you don’t have a vaporizer for a steam treatment, run the shower or tub spout with hot water in a closed bathroom. Have the child breathe in slow comfortably deep breaths. Keep the temperature even. If you take the child outdoors, make sure they are bundled up well. Do not repress a cough with any form of cough medicine. To do so is blocking the body’s natural immune system of expelling mucous, which will prevent a deeper infection. Cough medicines make the child feel better temporarily because most of them contain about 25% alcohol. In some coughs, it is helpful for the child to be propped up with pillows in a semi-erect position. Always look in the “WORSE OR BETTER FROM” section for tips on what will make the child feel more comfortable, i.e. if a cough is worse lying on the back, encourage the child to lie on their side. For tickling coughs in children over three years old, you can use lozenges which do not contain: camphor, menthol, or eucalyptus, i.e. Blackcurrant pastilles or lemon drops. Discontinue or keep dairy products to a minimum, as this causes excess mucous. Humidify the room if you have forced air heat. Do not use any rubs or oils containing eucalyptus, menthol, camphor, tea tree oil. (These can nullify the homeopathic remedies).
Homemade cough treatments:
- Lemon, honey and glycerine are soothing with tickling, teasing coughs. Squeeze half a lemon into a ½ cup of warm (not boiling) water; add a teaspoon of honey and two teaspoons of glycerine (pharmaceutical grade from the pharmacy). Give teaspoon doses as needed.
- Thyme is traditionally used for coughs and lung problems. Make a ‘tea’ by pouring ½ pint of boiling water over a teaspoonful of leaves and flower tops (if you have them) and brew for 10 – 15 minutes. One old recipe calls for a pinch of rosemary, as well. Strain off the leaves and add honey to taste.
- For a moist cough drink ginger tea. Boil three to four slices of fresh ginger in two cups of water and simmer for fifteen minutes. Liquorice root tea is also good for moist coughs.
CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER IF:
- Pains in the chest become persistent especially if they are present when not coughing.
- Sharp pains shoot through the chest area if moving around.
- Coughing produces blood streaked mucus.
- A fever develops especially with alternating chills and heat with intermittent sweats.
- Wheezing and rattling in the chest causes difficult breathing.
- Hyperventilation (rapid breathing) or sleep apnoea (breathing stops for long periods during sleep).
- The face goes blue with the effort of coughing or breathing.
- Nausea and vomiting accompany gagging with the cough.
- Loss of appetite over a period of several days.
- Your child is becoming excessively fatigued or is not sleeping because of the coughing.
- A cough lasts more than 3 days in an infant or 8 days in an older child. The cough is severe, the child can’t sleep because of it and no remedies have helped within 48 hours.
- If your child has a chronic cough or a cough that does not originate from a cold or flu. Chronic coughs can be from: allergies, asthma, liver problems, accidents which may have caused structural problems affecting the lungs, passive or active smoking (in teenagers) or a long unexpressed emotional reason (most usually grief). There is not always a cough present in children with pneumonia. Go to the hospital if your child has a fever; is breathing rapidly, erratically or with difficulty; is limp, lethargic and very pale.
- There is a high fever; rapid swelling in the larynx; or excessive drooling on the pillow, because they cannot swallow. This points to a condition called Epiglottis, affecting 2 – 6 year olds, but is rare. It can be fatal if the airway becomes too swollen and closes off. Swelling initially causes a croupy sounding cough, but swelling with epiglottis rapidly closes the airway. There will be a raspy noisy sound on inspiration of the breath. IF YOU SUSPECT THIS CONDITION TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IMMEDIATELY.
- Article originally posted by http://hchild.com/tag/coughs/
Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):231-42.Extreme homeopathic dilutions retain starting materials: A nanoparticulate perspective.
Chikramane PS, Suresh AK, Bellare JR, Kane SG. Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Adi Shankaracharya Marg, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.
Homeopathy. 2010 Oct;99(4):229-30. Abstract Homeopathy is controversial because medicines in high potencies such as 30c and 200c involve huge dilution factors (10⁶⁰ and 10⁴⁰⁰ respectively) which are many orders of magnitude greater than Avogadro's number, so that theoretically there should be no measurable remnants of the starting materials. No hypothesis which predicts the retention of properties of starting materials has been proposed nor has any physical entity been shown to exist in these high potency medicines. Using market samples of metal-derived medicines from reputable manufacturers, we have demonstrated for the first time by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), electron diffraction and chemical analysis by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), the presence of physical entities in these extreme dilutions, in the form of nanoparticles of the starting metals and their aggregates.
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OCCAM represents NCI at leading Integrative Oncology conference:
Some call New Mexico “The Land of Enchantment” and for attendees of the Society for Integrative Oncology ninth international conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this enchanting city played host to three days of research collaboration and cutting-edge science. The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) is a non-profit professional society committed to the research and application of complementary therapies and botanicals for cancer treatment and recovery.
This year’s meeting, held from October 8-10, 2012, focused on the overarching theme of “Honoring Diversity in Cancer Prevention and Control,” with speakers presenting basic science, preclinical, and clinical research in fields ranging from acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, mind-body approaches, and much more. OCCAM showed a strong research presence at this year’s SIO. The office sponsored an exhibit booth where attendees could speak with OCCAM staff about funding, patient education, and receive grant application guidance. In addition to the booth, OCCAM staff members both presented and moderated panels.
Drs. Farah Zia, Oluwadamilola Olaku, and Jeffrey D. White, conducted a workshop entitled the “NCI Best Case Series Protocol: How to Move Research Forward.” The workshop highlighted the case series submitted to the NCI Best Case Series (BCS) Program by the P. Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation in Calcutta, India.
The workshop had several goals including stimulating discussion specific to the available evidence for the homeopathic Banerji Protocol therapy. In addition, NCI BCS investigators, Drs. Zia and Olaku, engaged participants in discussions about the utility of the protocol design in assessing medical cases and its use as justification for further research. An overarching goal of the workshop was to encourage the integrative oncology community to conduct collaborative research, specifically linking the clinical practitioners with the researchers to build strong bridges to future investigations.
Drs. Prasanta and Pratip Banerji, of the P. Banerij Homeopathic Research Foundation, along with Dr. Barbara Sarter, Associate Professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of San Diego, and Dr. Iris R. Bell of the University of Arizona, presented their involvement with the cases, including direct clinical care and/or research regarding homeopathic remedies.
Dr. Sarter spoke about her time working with the Drs. Banerji: “In February 2008, I took a sabbatical from my faculty position in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California in order to learn the Banerji Protocol in Calcutta at the PBH Research Foundation. I had received a diploma in classical homeopathy before I went to Calcutta, but never truly embraced this system of medicine until I spent those five months with the Banerjis. Since then, I have directed my time and abilities to advancing the research effort and data mining at the Foundation.”
Dr. Bell presented her research on “Homeopathic Remedies as Nanoparticles.” She discussed the properties of nanoparticles, such as their high surface area to volume ratio, a characteristic that changes their material properties. In her presentation she explained that nanoparticles have “high bioavailability; easily cross cell membranes as well as the blood-brain barrier; require smaller and less frequent doses, [and have] lower side effects.”
Dr. Farah Zia, Director of the Case Review and Intramural Science Program (CRISP) at OCCAM, and moderator of this workshop, noted that: “The Banerji case series is a prime example of a seemingly successful ’Best Case Series’ deserving of further laboratory and clinical research. The mission of CRISP is to improve the quality of care of cancer patients by a rigorous scientific evaluation of cancer CAM interventions and by facilitating prospective research for certain CAM interventions with the goal of developing them into novel therapeutics. In order to achieve this objective, we must foster the building of bridges between the clinical and research communities. We applaud researchers, such as Dr. Bell, whose research is exciting, innovative, and forms the platform on which further ideas will be built; furthermore, we encourage practitioners to submit their best cases of cancer patients treated with an unconventional cancer treatment to the NCI Best Case Series Protocol. More information is available at http://cam.cancer.gov. Continued dialogue among and between the practitioner and research communities, such as the current workshop, will continue to shed light on ways to achieve our unified goal.”
Dr. Libin Jia, Health Scientist Administrator at OCCAM, moderated two separate sessions entitled “Clinical Science Abstracts: Methodological Issues in Integrative Oncology Research” and “Evaluation of Herbal Medicine: A Cross-Cultural Discussion”.
Dr. Jia noted that the presentations in the Clinical Science Abstracts session represented a wide variety of methodological approaches in research focused on Traditional Chinese Medicine, exercise interventions, and yoga practices, among others. Dr. Misha Cohen, OMD, LAc from University of California at San Francisco explored methodological challenges of clinical Chinese herbal medicine. She stated that proper provision of the Certificates of Analysis (COA) and documentation for Investigational New Drugs (IND) is critical to Chinese herbal medicine research in oncology settings.
Dr. Jia also co-moderated the round table session titled “Evaluation of Herbal Medicine: A Cross-Cultural Discussion.” Speakers from the United States, China, and other countries exchanged ideas on herbal medicine in terms of quality control of the starting materials, and the policy and regulations among different entities such as the United States, European Union, and China. Themes that emerged included the need for emphasis on the standardization of the herbal medicines in the research and clinical setting and interest in knowing more about safety issues surrounding the use of herbal medicines in the United States and abroad.
Dr. Jeffrey D. White, OCCAM Director, was part of a plenary discussion on “Funding in Integrative Oncology Research” that overviewed three different funding streams from the government, for profit, and non-profit sectors. Dr. White gave a brief summary of the NCI grant application and review process and answered several questions as part of a panel of the session speakers which included Eveline Mumenthaler from the Gateway for Cancer Research and Kerri Diamant, Founder and Executive Director, AlterMed Research Foundation.
Ms. Elizabeth Austin, M.S., Coordinator of OCCAM’s Communications and Outreach Program, was an invited speaker as part of the “Exploring Web-Based Information Resources on Complementary Therapies in Integrative Oncology” workshop. The web-based technologies workshop highlighted the Physician Data Query (PDQ®) Complementary and Alternative Medicine information summaries (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq).
Several new summaries have been added in the past year including “Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Dietary Supplements (PDQ®),” featuring information about the use of nutrition and dietary supplements for reducing the risk of developing prostate cancer or for treating prostate cancer. Other resources highlighted included the Memorial Sloan Kettering “About Herbs” website:http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs-botanicals-other-products and the CAM-Cancer resource of information summaries hosted by the National Information Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIFAB) at the University of Tromsø, Norway (http://www.cam-cancer.org/CAM-Summaries).
Each year the SIO conference brings together some the most experienced researchers and practitioners of integrative oncology. For more information about the society visit:http://www.integrativeonc.org/.
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lan Phillips, the author of this booklet, lives and works in the USA. Hence much of his experience and data comes from North America. However, the issues raised by vaccination are global, with implications for citizens of every country.
Each country has different statutory regulations, a different range of vaccinations on offer (e.g. Sweden stopped vaccinating against whooping cough in 1979) and a different philosophy regarding the promotion of each vaccine. Although written from a U.S. perspective, the issues are common to the UK. Vaccination is not compulsory in the UK but there are still huge pressures on parents to have their children vaccinated
and a distinct lack of widely available literature on the adverse effects of vaccination. Vaccination in the UK is still regarded by most health professionals and the public at large as being necessary and beneficial.
We have published this booklet in order to readdress the balance and to make this information available to all. This booklet is produced and distributed at cost for the benefit of all children, everywhere.
We have added a section at the end of this booklet to point you towards further reading material, contact groups and other paths you might want to follow.
Vaccination history is riddled with documented instances of deceit designed to portray vaccines as mighty disease conquerors, when in fact many times they have actually delayed and even reversed disease declines. The UK~s Department of Health admitted that vaccination status determined the diagnosis of subsequent diseases: Those found in vaccinated patients received alternate diagnoses; hospital records and death certificates were falsified. Today, many doctors are still reluctant to diagnose diseases in vaccinated children, and so the Myth' about vaccine success continues.
However, individual doctors may not be wholly to blame. As medical students, few have reason to question the information taught (which does not address the information presented here). Ironically, medicine is a field which demands conformity; there is little tolerance for opinions opposing the status quo. Doctors cannot warn you about what they themselves do not know, and with little time for further education once they begin practice, they are, in a sense, held captive by a system which discourages them from acquiring information independently and forming their own opinions. Those few that dare to question the status quo are frequently ostracized, and in any case, they are still legally bound to adhere to the system's legal mandates.
All 50 states in the U.S. allow for exemption of vaccination on medical grounds and most on religious or philosophical ones. In the UK there is no legal requirement to have your child vaccinated, nor is there a requirement for a child to be vaccinated before attending playgroups, nursery or school. However, as GPs receive a bonus payment for a high vaccination uptake amongst their patients, pressure can be intense and patients have been required to change to more sympathetic GPs.
If you have problems either with your GP or in finding a more sympathetic one, contact you local Family Practitioner Committee whose address appears on your NHS medical card.
Vaccination Truth 9: There are no legal requirements for vaccination in the UK and the refusal to have your child vaccinated is not a justifiable reason to be struck of a GP's list .
Most parents feel compelled to take some disease-preventing action for their children. While there is no 100% guarantee anywhere, there are viable alternatives. Historically, homeopathy has been more effective than mainstream' allopathic medicine in treating and preventing disease. In a U.S. cholera outbreak in 1849, allopathic medicine saw a 48-60% death rate, while homeopathic hospitals had a documented death rate of only 3%. Roughly similar statistics still hold true for cholera today. Recent epidemiological studies show homeopathic remedies as equalling or surpassing standard vaccinations in preventing disease. There are reports.in which populations that were treated homeopathically after exposure had a 100% success rate - none of the treated caught the disease.
There are homeopathic kits available for disease prevention.  Homeopathic remedies can also be taken only during times of increased risk (outbreaks, travelling, etc.), and have proven highly effective in such instances. And since these remedies have no toxic components, they have no side effects. In addition, homeopathy has been effective in reversing some of the disability caused by vaccine reactions, as well as many other chronic conditions with which allopathic medicine has had little success.
Vaccination Truth 8
Documented safe and effective alternatives to vaccination have been available for decades but suppressed by the medical establishment.
Six New England states reported increases in polio one year after the Salk vaccine was introduced, ranging from more than doubling in Vermont to Massachusetts' astounding increase of 642%. In 1959, 77.5% of Massachusetts' paralytic cases had received 3 doses of IPV (Injected Polio Vaccine). During 1962 U.S. Congressional hearings, Dr Bernard Greenberg, head of the Dept. of Biostatistics for the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, testified that not only did the cases of polio increase substantially after mandatory vaccinations (50% increase from 1957 to 1958, 80% increase from 1958 to 1959), but that the statistics were manipulated by the Public Health Service to give the opposite impression.
According to researcher-author Dr Viera Scheibner, 90% of polio cases were eliminated from statistics by health authorities' redefinition of the disease when the vaccine was introduced, while in reality the Salk vaccine was continuing to cause paralytic polio in several countries at a time when there were no epidemics being caused by the wild virus. (For example, in the U.S., thousands of cases of viral and aseptic meningitis are reported each year - these were routinely diagnosed as polio before the Salk vaccine; the number of cases needed to declare an epidemic was raised from 20 to 35 and the requirement for inclusion in paralysis statistics was changed from symptoms for 24 hours to symptoms for over 60 days. It is no wonder that polio decreased radically after vaccines - at least on paper.) In 1985, the CDC reported that 87% of the cases of polio in the U.S. between 1973 and 1983 were caused by the vaccine and later declared that all but a few imported cases since were caused by the vaccine - and most of the imported cases occurredin fully immunized individuals.
Jonas Salk, inventor of the IPV (Injected Polio Vaccine), testified before a Senate subcommittee that nearly all polio outbreaks since 1961 were caused by the oral polio vaccine. At a workshop on polio vaccines sponsored by the Institute of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Samuel Katz of Duke University cited the estimated 8-10 annual U.S. cases of vaccine-associated paralytic polio (VAPP) in people who have taken the oral polio vaccine, and the [four year] absence of wild polio from the western hemisphere. Jessica Scheer of the National Rehabilitation Hospital Research Center in Washington, D.C., pointed out that most parents are unaware that polio vaccination in this country entails a small number of human sacrifices each year.' Compounding this contradiction are low adverse event reporting and the NVIC's experiences with confirming and correcting misdiagnoses of vaccine reactions, which suggest that the actual number of VAPP sacrifices' may be many times higher than the number cited by the CDC.
Vaccination Truth 6: Vaccines caused substantial increases in polio after years of sready declines, and they are the sole cause of polio in the U.S. today.
The documented long term adverse effects of vaccines include chronic immunological and neurological disorders such as autism, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, allergies, cancer, and other conditions, many of which barely existed 30 years ago before mass vaccination programs. Vaccine components include known carcinogens such as thimersol, aluminum phosphate, and formaldehyde (the Poisons Information Centre in Australia claims there is no acceptable safe amount of formaldehyde which can be injected into a living human body). Medical historian, researcher and author Harris Couiter, Ph.D. explained that his extensive research revealed childhood immunization to be ...causing a low- grade encephalitis in infants on a much wider scale than public health authorities were willing to admit, about 15-20% of all children.' He points out that the sequelae [conditions known to result from a disease] of encephalitis [inflammation of the brain, a known side-effect of vaccination]: autism, learning disabilities, minimal and not-so-minimal brain damage, seizures, epilepsy, sleeping and eating disorders, sexual disorders, asthma, cot death, diabetes, obesity and impulsive violence, are precisely the disorders which afflict contemporary society. Many of these conditions were formerly relatively rare, but they have become more common as childhood vaccination programs have expanded. Coulter also points out that ...pertussis toxoid is used to create encephalitis in lab animals.'
A German study found correlations between vaccinations and 22 neurological conditions including attention deficit and epilepsy. The dilemma is that viral elements in vaccines may persist and mutate in the human body for years, with unknown consequences. Millions of children are partaking in an enormous, crude experiment; and no sincere, organized effort is being made by the medical community to track the negative side-effects or to determine the long term consequences.
Vaccination truth 7: The long term adverse effects of vaccinations have been virtually ignored, in spite of direct correlations with many chronic conditions
Most childhood infectious diseases have few serious consequences in today's modern world. Even conservative CDC (Centers for Disease Control) statistics for pertussis during 1992-94 indicate a 99.8% recovery rate. In fact, when hundreds of pertussis cases occurred in Ohio and Chicago in the fall 1993 outbreak, an infectious disease expert from Cincinnati Children's Hospital said, The disease was very mild, no one died, and no one went to the intensive care unit.'
The vast majority of the time, childhood infectious diseases are benign and self-limiting. They also may impart lifelong immunity, whereas vaccine- induced immunity is only temporary. In fact, the temporary nature of vaccine immunity can create a more dangerous situation in a child's future. For example, the new chicken pox vaccine has an effectiveness estimated at 6 - 10 years. If effective, it will postpone the child's vulnerability until adulthood, when death from the disease is 20 times more likely.
About half of measles cases in the late 1980s resurgence were in adolescents and adults, most of whom were vaccinated as children and the recommended booster shots may provide protection for less than 6 months. Furthermore, some healthcare professionals are concerned that the virus from the chicken pox vaccine may reactivate later in life in the form of herpes zoster (shingles) or other immune system disorders.'  Dr A.
Lavin of the Dept. of Pediatrics, St. Luke's Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, strongly opposed licensing the new vaccine, Until we actually know... the risks involved in injecting mutated DNA (herpes virus] into the host genome [children].' The truth is, no-one knows, but the vaccine is now licensed and recommended by health authorities.
Not only are most infectious diseases rarely dangerous, but they can actually play a vital role in the development of a strong, healthy immune system. Persons who have not had measles have a higher incidence of certain skin diseases, degenerative diseases of bone and cartilage, and certain tumors, while absence of mumps has been linked to higher risks of ovarian cancer.
Vaccination truth 5: Dangers of childhood diseases are greatly exagerated in order to scare parents into complience with a questionable but profitable procedure.