Making Informed Decisions
Many of my homeopathic patients have asked me about the topic of immunizations. I suggest that parents be educated on the topic and understand both sides of the story. As a parent, you are responsible for making health care decisions for your child. Do the research about the pros and cons of vaccinations in order to make an informed decision. Even in the face of medical and societal pressure, the decision to vaccinate is ultimately in your hands as your child’s caregiver.
In my 22 years of practice, I have known hundreds of families who have chosen not to immunize. All of them have done well and are healthy today. In the United States, most states allow parents to choose whether to immunize based on their convictions. At most schools, a “conscientious objector” form is accepted in lieu of an immunization record. Unfortunately in the state of California this has changed.
Homeopathic practitioners find that some patients seem to have chronic illnesses that date from the time of an immunization. Many medical thinkers believe that having childhood diseases, like measles and chicken pox, is beneficial to the immune system and that the toxic effects of the vaccinations should be avoided. In addition, immunizations do not guarantee full immunity.
Here are a few suggestions if you are concerned about immunizing your child:
- Read publications outlining the pros and cons of immunizations and the treatment options (see recommended reading below).
- If you decide to vaccinate your child, allow your baby to grow and strengthen for a few months before giving their first shots (not immediately after birth).
- Don’t give shots when the child is sick (or just because you happen to be in the doctors’ office).
- After a vaccination, give a dose of Ledum palustre 30c (the homeopathic puncture wound remedy). Use homeopathic Belladonna 30c for swelling and fever that may come that night.
Thuja occidentalis 30c can help with other side effects of a vaccine.
As a parent, you face many choices regarding your child’s health and well-being. There are no easy answers—but you do have the ultimate opportunity to use your unique knowledge about your child and your beliefs to help guide you on the way!
Avghi Constantinides D.Hom HMC CCH RS Hom MA
The Vaccine Guide: Making an Informed Choice by Randall Neustaedter OMD
The Parents’ Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccinations by Lauren Feder MD