Nosodes: Homeopathic Alternative to Vaccines

by Sarah Activism, Healthy Living, VaccinationComments: 103

After 500-ish pillsHave you ever noticed that the never ending controversy surrounding vaccination always seems to focus on the black or the white of the issue?

The Black:

Vaccinate your child and while you run the risk of vaccine injury, you can rest easy not worrying that your child may contract a potentially deadly disease such as polio.

The White:

Don’t vaccinate your child and while you may avoid the inherent risks of vaccine injury, you still run the risk of your child contracting and being harmed or killed from an epidemic type disease such as the current measles outbreak in France.

The trouble with viewing the issue of vaccination in this manner is that very little, if anything in this world is so black and white!  Moreover, both the black and the white aspects of the argument have flaws.

The sad truth is that most people get so emotionally invested in either the white or black side of the vaccination argument that they are prevented intellectually from seeing the glaring holes in the opinions they hold.

Truly educating oneself about vaccination requires an open minded analysis of the gray areas – the very areas that pharmaceutical companies and most likely your own doctor don’t like to admit even exist.  Admitting these gray areas have validity would mean that the haste to vaccinate at a well child visit would be greatly reduced or eliminated and parents would become much more comfortable with a wait and see attitude with regard to shots.

Taking the urgency out of vaccination is not exactly part of Big Pharma’s marketing plan!  Remember the shortage of Swine Flu vaccines back in the Fall of 2009 and how this created huge lines of suckers people waiting with their sleeves rolled up?  Just a few short weeks later when all the pharmacies were overstocked with Swine Flu jabs, you couldn’t pay people to get one.

So, let’s go there then.  Let’s examine a very important gray area of the vaccination issue that is rarely discussed or written about.

Nosodes Instead of Shots

What if you could skip all those toxic vaccines and still provide your child with protection during epidemics?  Such an option exists and I have answered so many emails about this recently that I decided I needed to write about it.

Loree, a reader in Luxembourg, recently wrote to me about the measles outbreak going on in France.  The area Loree lives in Luxembourg City gets many French tourists for shopping and dining.   Loree wrote me as she was worried whether she should vaccinate her (almost) 4 year old daughter who has had no shots to date.

I wrote Loree back and told her to find a good homeopath in her area and obtain a measles nosode (morbillinum) for her daughter if she was concerned.

What is a homeopathic nosode?

According to Dr. Mark Frank, a friend and local homeopath here in Tampa, FL, a nosode is a potentiated dose of the disease in question.  Taking a nosode for a specific germ boosts immunity and confers a level of protection from contracting it.

For example, the nosode for flu prevention is oscillococcinum.  The nosode for diptheria is diptherinum. The nosode for tuberculosis is tuberculinum and the one for measles is morbillinum.

Use of nosodes is a modern approach to homeopathy that is not always looked upon favorably by classical homeopaths who prefer constitutional treatment of the whole person taking into the account the unique characteristics of each individual.   While constitutional treatment of the whole person is certainly important, use of nosodes for exceptional circumstances also has a valid place in homeopathy.

When to Use Nosodes?

Use of nosodes is particularly useful for traveling overseas as they give protection for short periods like weeks at a time.  They can also be used during localized epidemics such as what Loree and her daughter are experiencing in Luxembourg with the measles outbreak in France.

There is no need for nosodes generally speaking, however. You only use them when exposure to a particular germ seems probable or likely.

Hopefully, this knowledge about homeopathic nosodes will provide the level of comfort that some parents on the fence need to refuse shots for their children.  There is no need to inject toxic substances into your child’s bloodstream to induce temporary immunity for an illness for which there is no current epidemic and for which nontoxic alternatives such as nosodes exist should an epidemic ever materialize!

Do make sure that you consult with a trained homeopath to obtain your nosodes and don’t try to obtain these types of meds over the counter or via the internet.  Self medication even with nontoxic remedies is never a good idea.  If the situation warrants a nosode, it also warrants a professional opinion.

You really can skip the shots and still rest easy!    Hooray for the gray areas!


Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

Comments (103)

  • rebecca

    Thanks so much for this information. I’m forwarding it to my daughter, who’s been in a quandary about vaccines for her children.

    April 6th, 2011 10:34 am Reply
  • lisa

    Hallelujah! Great advice with clarity and intelligence. Love you!

    April 6th, 2011 10:47 am Reply
  • jamie

    so can I get a nosode for chicken pox?

    April 6th, 2011 10:53 am Reply
    • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

      If this is for a child, it would be much better to let him/her get the pox. It’s not such a problematic illness. One of my physicians (mainstream) told me that the main reason this vaccine was developed was in order to save moms from having to stay home w/ sick kids.


      April 6th, 2011 11:02 am Reply
      • Samantha Jacokes

        That’s true! I heard the same thing from a local pedi here in MI. Lame.

        April 6th, 2011 3:15 pm Reply
      • Beth

        But what about a child that is already 12 or older? I would love to have had my child get chicken pox when she was younger but it never happened. Now that she is older, I am concerned as I have read that contracting it during/after puberty it can be more severe.

        Also, do these nosodes have any benefit once it has been contracted?

        Thanks! Wonderful info here – never heard of nosodes before!

        April 6th, 2011 11:42 pm Reply
        • Beth

          My last question looks confusing to me now as I see it in print. What I was asking was this: Is there any benefit to taking a nosode once you have contracted an illness, say chicken pox or measles?

          April 6th, 2011 11:44 pm Reply
          • Rose

            Not really, no. Once you have had an illness (if you got it naturally) you are very likely to have lifelong immunity, and sometimes, you can have lifelong immunity if you have been around a certain disease and had it so mild you didn’t know, or fought it off completely before you got sick (because you would still have developed antibodies for it). If you are not sure, you can have your blood titers checked. If the titers are above a certain level, you are immune. Antibodies acquired through natural infection, I’d also like to note, deteriorate slower than those from other artificial means. For example, the CDC claims the MMR shot lasts 7 years, however that is misleading. The amount of antibodies during the first year are the best, but deteriorates to virtually nothing by year 7 (when you “need” a booster). Natural Life-long immunity deteriorates very little. Say, compared to those 7 years, it deteriorates over 50 years or longer. **** I’d specifically like to note that if you take a chickenpox vaccination or nosode AFTER already having the illness naturally, you increase your chances greatly of having shingles, and risk TOO many antibodies if you are vaccinating even though you’ve already had it. The risk is smaller with nosodes.

            January 25th, 2012 10:39 am
  • Adrienne @ Whole New Mom

    Thanks, as always, Sarah!

    The debate over vaccinations is quite a difficult one to navigate. My son has Asperger’s, a form of autism. He had some symptoms, but no one was willing to diagnose him when he was very young. Since he was clearly sensitive, we held off vaccinating him almost completely until he was over 5 years old. At that point, we went ahead w/ most of the complete schedule.

    When he turned 6, his symptoms became unmanageable and we finally had to go in search of a diagnosis, because we needed help handling him.

    I am convinced that vaccines help in a lot of ways, but some of us just cannot handle them and/or cannot handle the amount of them that we dole out to kids and adults.


    April 6th, 2011 11:01 am Reply
  • Linda E.

    Interesting. I had never heard of that before.
    I have a question. I have not been successful in finding a way to get my son in school without vaccines. I live in SC. I thought I could take the religious views option, but there has to be a written statement from your church stating their specific beliefs regarding vaccines. That is not an option for me since our church does not have such set beliefs about them. My son had his chickenpox vaccine on one other one early last Fall and developed the pinhead purple dots under his skin that the vaccine info sheet says is a rare side effect(I did not see that before he had the shot). We had to get blood tests done to rule out the serious things that that could have indicated. Thankfully, he is fine. Now I am afraid to let him get anymore vaccines, but I don’t know how to go about doing that and still get him in school.

    April 6th, 2011 11:27 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Linda, I am not familiar with the laws in SC. Here in FL, you simply need to sign a religious exemption form and hand that in with your child’s school registration and that is all that needs to be done. I would suggest finding other likeminded folks in your community and see what strategies they have used or know about in your state.

      April 6th, 2011 1:52 pm Reply
      • Tracy

        You can push this issue with the school/state. You do not have to belong to a specific religion to have a set of beliefs and they can not force you to do that either. There may be attorneys in your area who can help with any paperwork but that is usually not needed. Stand your ground and just tell them it is not part of your religious beliefs.
        Good luck!


        April 7th, 2011 1:48 am Reply
    • Samantha

      THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY!!!!! They tell you that you can not send you child to school without them. Go to the school and ask for the immunization sheet that the dr fills out when shots are completed. Then look it over real careful. Here in MN there is a spot to go get it notarized saying you oppose. We just had to take it to a notary and sing in front of them

      April 3rd, 2012 11:01 am Reply
  • Elizabeth Walling

    Thanks for bringing up the gray areas, Sarah. That’s so important, especially in a heated debate such as the vaccine issue. It’s so good to take a step back and try to look at the issue objectively and find solutions that work for you.

    April 6th, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Sarah, thank you so much for giving an alternative to conventional vaccines. Homeopathic remedies do not contain mercury, or aluminum, or the other chemicals that are typical in vaccines. Great work, once again!

    April 6th, 2011 11:41 am Reply
  • bianca

    Please read Dr. Natasha’s chapter on vaccinations in her book “Gut and Psychology”.
    It is balanced and informative. Remember, if a child is healthy, most likely there would not
    be bad reactions to vaccines. Also, I’m for giving only single shots at a time, if vaccinating
    is your choice. Here’s to a healthy gut !

    April 6th, 2011 11:56 am Reply
  • Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer

    Here, here! Thank you for this. I plan on taking my children over to Vietnam in a few years and have already been thinking what to do for our trip. My husband is from their and will be visiting areas not just in the cities and would require some shots, I do a have a wonderful homeopathic Dr. I will be visiting him this wk and will make sure to ask when I go. I love gray areas….I am always saying there is the extremists and there is logic. :) Although many many probably think we are extremist, hahaha. Oh well! I am logical and gray areas do exist. If you or any of your readers have been to Vietnam and kknow what to take or not take I would love to hear from you.

    April 6th, 2011 12:34 pm Reply
  • Tara

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband and I are in the early stages of adopting from Uganda, which has raised the vaccination issue for me all over again. I’ve never even heard of this before. On top of your wonderful information, I’m only an hour away from Tampa – so I’m going to contact Dr. Frank about our upcoming trip. Perfect timing of this post for me!!

    April 6th, 2011 2:04 pm Reply
  • Allyson McQuinn

    Dear Sarah, Thank you for your stellar blog in support of homeopathic nosodes on the basis of homoprophylaxis. I’m a Physician of Natural Medicine with clients all over the globe, who like you want to ensure their babes are wholly immunized against harmful childhood illness on the basis of lawful prescribing without causing an ounce of harm. We’ve had over 99% efficacy with the families we’ve served over the last 15 years. My husband is currently writing a book entitled, The Vaccination Myth and much of his research can be gleaned from the youtube video entitled, Vaccination; The Hidden Truth. I’m happy to serve any of your followers by providing homeopathic immunization should any of them need. My Warmest, Allyson McQuinn

    April 6th, 2011 2:54 pm Reply
  • kelli

    Thank you for writing on vaccine alternatives. Our society is so stuck in a reductionary paradigm that we tend to ignore the many affective treatments in the grey area.

    April 6th, 2011 5:46 pm Reply
  • elaine

    We live north of the greater Atlanta area — if anyone knows of a homeopathic doctor that is in this area, please let me know. To date, I have been unsuccessful in finding anyone who can be recommended.
    And, Sarah – I don’t know if you’ll recall, but I sought your help a while back when my daughter was getting ready for a 4 month/3 country tour of S.E. Asia. Although I didn’t want to vaccinate I was a little apprehensive about sending her half-way around the world with no way of ensuring adequate medical care for her if she got sick. You recommended this very thing — unfortunately we weren’t able to find a homeopathic doctor in our area so we chose not to vaccinate but made sure she was adequately dosed with CLO and a few other herbs and focused on building her immune system in the time we had. Half of the weight of her pack was CLO, herbs and probiotics! I thought you would be interested to know that she comes home in 2 weeks and has been healthy throughout the entire trip (with the exception of a bout or two of diarrhea and dozens of mosquito bites) despite a very poor food selection and very dirty conditions. (And her pack is considerably lighter now!) However, another girl on her team is ex-US military (just released from duty) and has been very sick twice!! We couldn’t help but compare notes on who had more vaccines :)
    thanks for such great info~

    April 6th, 2011 7:00 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Elaine, so glad to hear your daughter is to come home soon and is doing well!

      April 6th, 2011 8:33 pm Reply
    • Magda Velecky

      I’m NW of the Atlanta area. AFAIK there is no homeopath here. However, I have worked with one in Dacula over the phone. Her name is Mary Marlowe and the website is You might try joining GA_WPF Yahoo group and asking there.
      Good luck,

      April 7th, 2011 9:54 am Reply
      • elaine

        Thanks Magda and Sarah!!

        April 12th, 2011 4:14 pm Reply
        • Libby

          Magda – what is Mary’s fee? Thanks!

          May 8th, 2013 8:25 am Reply
        • libby

          Magda, I now see you had this information in 2011, it’s regarding Mary Marlowe, regarding homeopath.

          May 8th, 2013 8:32 am Reply
  • Frugavore

    Thanks for a great post. A book has recently been released in Australia called ‘The Panic Virus’ stating how the movement against vaccinations has no real value, and parents are doing a disservice to their children by not vaccinating them. So sad as it has really turned things black and white here in Victoria. I would love someone to do a book review of it (hint hint WAPF!!)

    April 6th, 2011 9:06 pm Reply
    • kelli

      Ironically, its the vaccinating parents that are doing their kids a disservice by setting them up for lifetime of vaccine-destroying-immune system health problems such as cancer and other chronic diseases.

      April 6th, 2011 9:16 pm Reply
  • Jo at Jo’s Health Corner

    Thanks for covering such an important topic. I considered using nosodes for my dog.

    April 6th, 2011 10:10 pm Reply
  • watchmom3

    I truly believe that once upon a time, there were good vaccines, and when they were used for a specific need, served as a helpful weapon in the health arsenal. Now, it is a very different story… I have worked in healthcare for 26 years and I have come to the conclusion that most commonly used drugs/vaccines are not safe. Past that, they leave the body compromised. I don’t have room to recount the many adverse reactions that I have seen personally from the drug, not the illness! I too have struggled with this issue, as my son wants to go abroad to Africa and I have been unsure how to protect him from disease. Thank you for this informative article, and all the comments that are helping us navigate this issue safely! I don’t give my children ANYTHING that I haven’t researched now! Don’t take anyone’s word for it; find out for yourself! The stakes are too high! God bless!

    April 6th, 2011 10:54 pm Reply
  • Marillyn@just-making-noise

    This is exactly what I needed to know! Thank you! My family and I are missionaries in Honduras and I always wondered what I should do if a outbreak happens here. I am curious to find out if our homeopathic doctor in the city has these. If not… where could I find them? I don’t have a homeopathic doctor in the states.

    April 6th, 2011 11:53 pm Reply
  • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

    Love, love, love this! Thank you SO much for sharing. I did not really know about these. Oscillo works for me everytime I feel like I’m headed towards a flu (which isn’t that often- but nonetheless it knocks it out fast!) so I have complete confidence in nosodes. (Well and in all of homeopathy, really) :-) Great post!

    April 7th, 2011 12:00 am Reply
  • Karen

    Funny this should come up today. The news stations in Dallas are reporting a measles outbreak here that is linked to somewhere in Florida. My children are not vaccinated BUT we’ve already been through a round of pertussis. My views have been very shaky since then. I appreciate you posting this and will be contacting my naturopath to see if she can help me with all this. She has the means to detoxify people from vaccines but I hadn’t heard about the nosodes. I’ll have to see if she has or nor.

    April 7th, 2011 12:09 am Reply
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  • Lovelyn

    Thanks for the information. I’m on the fence about vaccination, even though my husband is firmly against it. We’re hoping to children soon and need to come to some sort of agreement. I’m scared of vaccine injury, but I’m also scared of my children contracting deadly diseases. Anyway, this information is useful.

    April 7th, 2011 11:20 am Reply
  • Jennifer Anderson

    This was a well researched, well written article. I’m glad it brought this information to so many people. I have studied as a homeopath and I would like to say that, while nosodes are used prophylactically, people need to understand that they are administered while a different paradigm in mind than what mainstream medicine has us believing about vaccines. They should only be used in times when there is a high likely hood of infection (ie during an epidemic).
    To answer a previous question, it is possible that a nosode could have some impact on a disease once it manifests, but at that point it would be much more effective to give a remedy homeopathically (which nosodes may not at that point).
    And one last point, the only flaw I found in this article would be an easy error to make, but should be corrected. Oscillococcinum is NOT the flu nosode. That would be Influenzinum, and you can get it made for the year’s strain of flu (just like they change the flu vaccine every year due to mutation, they do the same for Influenzinum). Oscillococcinum is “Oscillococcinum is a 200c potency of an autolysate of Barbary duck heart and liver”. Nosodes are remedies made from disease material, so Oscillococcinum is only classified as a remedy, which is part of the reason you can get it over the counter, in basically any store without a problem. Nosodes are a bit more difficult to obtain.

    April 8th, 2011 1:19 am Reply
  • lg

    Dear Sarah — Thank you for your recent post on Nosodes! Very, very helpful.

    Would you be able to recommend a book or two about Homeopathic treatments? I am sort of new to this and do not know where to begin.

    We did find a good Homeopathic doctor here who speaks fairly good English and his treatment for my daughter this past week seems to have worked great! It is nice that the homeopathic doctors here are mainstream and covered under insurance and that the local pharmacies all carry homeopathic and some local herbal tea remedies.

    Thanks again for your helpful blog

    Best regards

    April 8th, 2011 5:50 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      The National Center for Homeopathy teaches classes for lay folks and professionals, so this would be a good place to source some information and perhaps a textbook.

      April 8th, 2011 8:12 am Reply
  • Terese

    Thank you for providing such an informative and intelligent site. I have one partially vaccinated child and one unvaccinated child. My dilemma is the tetanus shot. As we live in a rural area, I feel tetanus is a contstant threat to my children. Would a nosode be an alternative to the tetanus shot?

    April 8th, 2011 11:42 pm Reply
  • Barb

    Sarah- you rock!
    Our homeopath here is very much in support (in fact she encourages) of self care/treatment. What she recommends is purchasing your own homeopathic kit and a homepathic self care book. Both of which she has the pharmacy stock- the specific one’s she believes are the best.
    The kit is by Hahnemann Laboratories and was $84.50 and contains 35 30C remedies(of the most commonly used- does not include the ones mentioned above) in a case similar to a small tackle box with plenty of space to add more remedies. Mine also came with a homeopathic ointment.
    The book is called Homeopathic Self-Care by Robert and Judyth Ullman (both N.D.)

    April 9th, 2011 12:06 pm Reply
  • Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama

    This is interesting information, though I’d say probably best used only with very specific, life-threatening diseases. I wouldn’t use it for measles. In fact, I believe there are some studies showing that contracting the measles offers some protection against cancer later. I also know that complications from the measles are usually caused by vit A deficiency, which I’m sure my children do not have (they love their FCLO), so I would not worry about this at all.

    I’d encourage all parents to take a serious look at each disease, and consider this option for overseas travel for serious, life-threatening illnesses (like malaria) and not to worry about basic childhood diseases.

    April 9th, 2011 12:51 pm Reply
  • Patrick Crawford

    Thanks for the informative post. I’m of the mind that most, if not all, modern disease epidemics are contrived and of questionable truthfulness. Disease outbreaks are very useful as tools for governments to keep their populations in fear and thus reliant upon government authorities to “protect them”. People in fear are much more willing to tolerate various insults to their civil liberties. We’ve seen this in America in a serious way since 9/11. In this way, the threat of disease outbreaks serves the very same benefit to governments as the threat of terrorist attack.

    I think that an additional reason to question the necessity of vaccines, aside from the possible absence of any real disease threat, is the real possibility that the vaccine itself is a tool. Given the popular willingness to accept vaccines when in fear of disease, governments may see the vaccine as an easy way to inject a given chemical or drug into the population’s blood stream to bring about a desired characteristics like submissiveness, to inject a microscopic tracking device into a population, or to use the population as guinea pigs in a scientific experiment.

    Some of this may seem unlikely to an individual whose worldview is limited to what he or she learns in school and sees on the evening news. But I think that government abuses exactly like these are becoming increasingly likely in today’s world of dramatically increased global unrest and the resulting global governmental reaction.

    I have a blog titled the National Fork,, at which I discuss similar political issues, but only as they relate to food and nutrition. I’d love for any of you to stop by.

    April 11th, 2011 7:51 pm Reply
  • Melissa

    Crazy as it seems I never even thought of this!!!

    October 25th, 2011 12:53 pm Reply
  • Dan Kegel

    Hi Sarah,
    aha, this explains why you don’t like Gardasil – you prefer homeopathy. I mean, sure, there are reports about Gardasil that say bad things about it, but even if those were all proven false, you’d still avoid it, just because it’s allopathic and thus not natural. Am I right?
    – Dan

    December 27th, 2011 3:45 am Reply
  • Tom L

    The link to Dr. Frank didn’t work for me, but after some searching on that website I found this:

    Some vaccines use attenuated microorganisms – is this very different from nosodes?

    Did he really say nosodes are, “a potentiated dose of the disease in question”? Potentiate (to me) means to make potent or powerful. So a nosode is a more powerful dose of the disease in question? Or does potentiate have a different meaning that I don’t know of? Or did he mean to say something else?

    These questions are in earnest. I am not trying to stir the pot. I want to learn all I can.

    January 2nd, 2012 9:03 pm Reply
  • priscilla medina

    Oh I love you Sarah. Thanks for writing this article. I so appreciate you!

    July 8th, 2012 12:33 am Reply
  • Kristen Crenshaw via Facebook

    That and taking a naturally-derived (not synthetic) D3 supplement.

    May 7th, 2013 11:20 am Reply
  • Jane Cynthia via Facebook

    Colloidal Silver

    May 7th, 2013 11:22 am Reply
  • Alyssa Pilat via Facebook

    Yep both those things for sure. And if you are eating a good healthy diet, your body will have a good chance of fighting it anyway. It’s all about the terrain.

    May 7th, 2013 11:23 am Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    “Dont’ vaccinate …. and you still run the risk of your child contracting and being harmed or killed from an epidemic type disease such as the current measles outbreak in France.”

    Since when did we have this fear of the measles? Oh I know, since a vaccine was created for it.

    May 7th, 2013 11:25 am Reply
  • Jennifer Pinkasavage via Facebook

    A person should also make themselves familiar with the disease that could cause potential sickness. it never hurts to be educated.

    May 7th, 2013 11:26 am Reply
  • Lyndsey Stark Stang via Facebook

    Eating what God provided is better than what man provides in poisons.

    May 7th, 2013 11:27 am Reply
  • Rebecca Girouard via Facebook

    Homeopathic nosodes work!!!

    May 7th, 2013 11:28 am Reply
  • Jeanne Walker McNeal via Facebook

    So, I have to ask since we get rabid bats and raccoons out here from time to time: when I was a teen, my friend’s kid sister somehow got herself in a predicament of being exposed to a oddly behaving bat (it did involve potential fluid exchange). Bat tested positive for rabies. My friends sister was promptly given the intense vax sequence for rabies. Similarly, I was given a tetanus booster as a kid after putting a rusty nail through my foot (on my family farm). These aren’t “in case of exposure” circumstances, but actual exposure. Are their homeopathics for the likes of rabies and tetanus? (Genuninely curious since we live in rural loca locations.)

    May 7th, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Susan Faia Eaton via Facebook

    Love this article. Thanks Sarah. I have children that never had a vaccine or contracted a major disease. I would consider seeing a trained homeopath and going for the Nosodes if the need arises/emergency. Right now the epidemics I have seen on the News makes suckers (like you wrote in the article) worried and they run in line with their sleeves up.

    May 7th, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Ilana Grostern via Facebook

    Exactly my thoughts!

    May 7th, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Jen Jones Young via Facebook

    The plants God made growing outside 😀

    May 7th, 2013 11:30 am Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    Tetanus does not come from rust. And in case of actual exposure to the bacteria that causes tetanus, you should be given the TiG shot, tetanus immunoglobulin, not Tdap, which is useless after exposure. If your wound bled, tetanus cannot survive in the presence of oxygen, and you were not at risk.

    May 7th, 2013 11:32 am Reply
  • Allison Daniel via Facebook

    The article lost me when it referred to people wanting the swine flu vaccine as “suckers”. It went from being informative to very one-sided.

    May 7th, 2013 11:33 am Reply
  • Kara

    Great Article! Question: We are going to Africa this summer and I am trying to decide whether or not to take my 7 year old. What would you do to prepare your unvaccinated child to travel to a third world country, or would you even take them? She is very mentally advanced and I think she would gain a lot from such a trip. However, she has never been vaccinated and I am concerned for her safety.Though the region we are going has not had any major outbreaks and the biggest concern would be malaria. She is on FCLO, butter oil and a mineral supplement along with traditional eating. She is very healthy and rarely is ill. I plan on packing all our supplements so we can continue them while we are there. I am still on the fence and I have yet to book flights for this very reason. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    May 7th, 2013 11:34 am Reply
  • Alyssa Pilat via Facebook

    Yes if you make the wound bleed and get some medical grade hydrogen peroxide into it, there’s no risk of tetanus. And tetanus comes from the soil and can never be eradicated. I don’t know about the rabies one tho, will have to do some research!

    May 7th, 2013 11:36 am Reply
  • Alyssa Pilat via Facebook

    Alison, I hate it when they call people names too. It makes them as bad as the other side calling ppl who don’t vax child abusers. It makes it hard to show ppl articles like that.

    May 7th, 2013 11:37 am Reply
  • Katherine Johnston via Facebook

    The outbreaks that are occurring are usually in areas where many people are forgoing vaccinations… People who don’t vaccinate remain healthy because the rest of the community is vaccinating their children. When too many people don’t vaccinate… you get the disease back.

    May 7th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Barbara Torrey Centofante via Facebook

    My son caught the measles when we were in England… it was no big deal.

    May 7th, 2013 11:44 am Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    Everyone used to get the measles. My dad had measles and mumps the same year as a kid and survived. Gasp!!!!

    May 7th, 2013 11:48 am Reply
  • Christine

    For info on nosodes, here iis my homeopathic practitioners site:

    May 7th, 2013 11:50 am Reply
  • Jeanne Walker McNeal via Facebook

    The nail was from a decronstructed chicken coop. It was a deep puncture wound. Actually, I should rephrase that I did not receive the tetanus shot after exposure. My dad insisted on certain vaccines because had known people who’d died of tetanus as a child (joys of growing up on the border of Mexico, I guess – he also knew people who died of botulism, so he was paranoid about canned foods).

    May 7th, 2013 11:51 am Reply
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    May 7th, 2013 11:53 am Reply
  • Jeanne Walker McNeal via Facebook

    It’s still a bigger issue than just vax vs. non. People who are not practicing a healthy lifestyle *should* be fearful of measles (and other communicable diseases). I know a family that refuses to vax. They also continue to follow a SAD lifestyle (complete with McD’s) and refuse to quarantine (can’t miss that holiday family gathering – so what if the girls have the flu?) Not exactly the way to go about it …

    May 7th, 2013 11:56 am Reply
  • Maria Castro via Facebook

    Oh thank you so much!

    May 7th, 2013 11:59 am Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    Last years flu vaccine was estimated at 9% effectiveness. So whether you eat a whole foods based organic diet or a diet filled with McDonalds everyday won’t make the flu vaccine any safer or more effective, in either group. Injecting yourself with toxins will not help.

    May 7th, 2013 12:00 pm Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    You cannot gain immunity from actually having tetanus, so you cannot get it from a vaccination. Studies show one can receive 6 tetanus vaccines in 10 years and never show “immunity.” If one is actually exposed, a TiG shot is used. Not the vaccine. They no longer even offer single tetanus shots. You’re getting DTaP or Tdap, a violent ineffective vaccination that is incredibly dangerous.

    May 7th, 2013 12:03 pm Reply
  • Ashley-Hipsher Hernandez via Facebook

    I love homeopathy.I use a homeopathic immunization kit from birth to 7 yrs as an alternative to vaccinations

    May 7th, 2013 12:04 pm Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    You can’t get tetanus immunity from actually having tetanus. So you can’t get immunity from a vaccine. You did not catch tetanus because you were either not exposed, or your wound bled, oxygenated itself, and cleaned it out of your body. Not because you were up to date on vaccines.

    May 7th, 2013 12:06 pm Reply
  • Sherry Benge via Facebook

    Jessica – I also have to wonder how much of these outbreaks are ‘told about’ (made up) to encourage vaccines – like the bird flu hoax.

    May 7th, 2013 12:09 pm Reply
  • Jessica Fithen via Facebook

    Who knows. It’s all part of the fear mongering that vaccine saved the world and we should all fear measles and chicken pox.

    May 7th, 2013 12:11 pm Reply
  • Juliana Sutton via Facebook

    Actually, this is not true. Polio drop at the same rate in unvaccinated countries, as it did in vaccinated countries. Vaccinated children are coming down with the same illnesses as the unvaccinated children. Plus Dr.s have their own agenda (insurance rates depend on vaccine compliance) – In fact, I know of cases where certain families have vaccinated some of their children, and not others. All of the children come down with the same symptoms of whooping cough, but the Dr. only diagnoses the unvaccinated children/child has having whooping cough – no labs tests were done.

    May 7th, 2013 12:16 pm Reply
  • Katherine Johnston via Facebook

    I’m pretty sure that once we figure out a vaccine, it is sent into “unvaccinated” countries. We don’t just hoard it for ourselves. The places where diseases like polio are still prominent are places we can’t vaccinate children. Your story sounds like a good anecdotal one to convince people to not vaccinate. I wonder if anyone would have gotten it in that family if everyone had been vaccinated?

    May 7th, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
  • Nora Story via Facebook

    One of the struggles is, if you are not planning on home schooling schools require up to date immunizations… Any ideas of how to address that? I’m in MA :(

    May 7th, 2013 12:46 pm Reply
  • Kelly Branson Conrad via Facebook

    I’m wondering. Do you think my daughter could get tetanus from digging in the dirt/soil since tetanus is actually found in the dirt? She would dig for hours in our garden when she was a toddler and now in the mulch and deep into the ground at our park at age 5. I always worry that if she were to injest it or get in her system somehow that she could get tetanus. She has had no vaccines. What do you think? Thank you!

    May 7th, 2013 12:55 pm Reply
  • Mary Love via Facebook

    Hi Nora – we’re in PA and we are allowed to file a religious exemption to vax, physicals/dental exams and standardized testing – and, at least here, the district is not allowed to make you clarify the nature of your ‘religious’ objection …check your homeschool law for exemptions for MA, also.

    May 7th, 2013 1:14 pm Reply
  • Mary Love via Facebook

    I’ve been wondering about some of these vax issues for myself since I’m hoping to go on a short term mission trip to Haiti in January – are there ‘safer’ vax out there? And if I choose to vax for the trip, are there things I can do before and after vax to help my system recover? Would love to hear the experience and wisdom of others on this!

    May 7th, 2013 1:16 pm Reply
  • Thomas S. Neuman via Facebook

    in order for this to potentially work it would guarenteed that the person would get the illness

    May 7th, 2013 2:16 pm Reply
  • Lifeholistically via Facebook

    I swear by homeopathy. It has worked countless times in my home since my kids were little babies. =) Thanks for a great blog post!

    May 7th, 2013 2:22 pm Reply
  • Jack Batchelor via Facebook

    Love all you posts Sarah, but homeopathics are science fiction. I would love you to do a blog post on the efficacy of homeopathy, sentiments aside, you’ll if find very little.

    May 7th, 2013 6:49 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Dayley via Facebook

    Homeopathics are science fiction, Jack Batchelor???? Are you kidding? Talk to ALL the people, including ME, who have been cured of health issues & disease from homeopathy! Severe issues and mild issues both. Homeopathy WORKS!!!

    May 7th, 2013 7:12 pm Reply
  • Christina Julien Knott via Facebook

    I am in Missouri and my daughter slides through just fine on a religious exemption.

    May 7th, 2013 8:29 pm Reply
  • Anna Horan via Facebook

    In sw MO, workshop #4 is about the homeopathic alternatives to vaccines!!! 😀

    May 7th, 2013 8:59 pm Reply
  • Stacey McElroy via Facebook

    I’ve vaccinated my kids for whooping cough with homeopathics so far..ill probably do more when I can get more :) I’ve never done regular vaccines on any of my kids and my kids are healthier than most of their vaccinated friends and we rarely visit the Dr.

    May 8th, 2013 10:16 am Reply
  • Stacey McElroy via Facebook

    Anna, I’ve been trying to make it to one of those..I know Jessica! :)

    May 8th, 2013 10:17 am Reply
  • April Boothe via Facebook

    Jack, have you tried them? I gave some Arnica Montana to my hubby unbeknownst to him & he felt a tremendous relief from a pulled muscle on Day 1. I am not a scientist & I did not write a report about it. Also, Nux Vomica for nausea – works for me :)

    May 8th, 2013 7:31 pm Reply
  • hypnoide

    Wait. You advised someone taking an unvaccinated kid to an area with on ongoing measles epidemic NOT to get the vaccine, but to use nosodes instead? So you felt the risk was great enough to do something, but would use nosodes (no evidence of efficacy) instead of a vaccine with many years of documented effectiveness. Sorry, that’s wildly irresponsible advice.
    Somehow I doubt this comment will show up…

    May 10th, 2013 1:43 pm Reply
    • White


      March 20th, 2014 6:45 pm Reply
    • CA

      Vaccines do not have documented effectiveness. You must be a paid pharma troll that bows down and worships blindly at the company line. You emotionally shame people for using careful thought and wisdom, while you operate according to knee- jerk unthinking, emotionalistic reaction.

      May 3rd, 2015 6:25 pm Reply
      • Dr. Lee

        Excuse me, but you yourself seem to be doing exactly what you are running a tyrade about. Take a nosode in its proper dosing, run your titers, and then see if you still feel like running off at the mouth.

        August 10th, 2015 6:10 pm Reply
  • Dr. Nancy Malik

    Conmed vaccines and Homeopathic Vaccines: A comparison

    May 30th, 2013 7:16 am Reply
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  • Jennifer

    Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy for influenza, not a nosode. The nosode in this case is the influenza virus itself in homeopathic preparation. Homeopathy has a long track record of success in England, India, and many European countries. Medical doctors in the US are not given any information about its history and use, unless of course they decide to take it upon themselves to devote time studying and learning about it. It takes years of study and practice to gain a deep understanding of how and why it is effective. As study on a molecular/atomic level advances homeopathy will be better understood.

    January 21st, 2014 11:07 am Reply
  • White

    10 ‘ of millions or more of people are alive today due to the medical technology of vaccination. A large portion of people living in developed countries are alive because their parents or grandparents survived due to being vaccinated. Nosodes are absolutely NOT a substitute for vaccinations. They do not stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. Nosodes have not proved that they can eradicate disease in developing countries where vaccines have. Ignorance is dangerous and the people who think they can use nosodes as an alternative are putting all of us in danger. It is a terrible and selfish game you are playing. It’s all about statistics and probability and has nothing to do with philosophy or belief that one can overcome these diseases using homeopathic techniques. Human population has exploded due to modern medicine. So unless you are trying to engage in a form of population control/reduction, vaccinate and forget nosodes as a substitute. Really. Use you brain people.

    March 20th, 2014 6:42 pm Reply
    • Dr. Lee

      In my professional experience, specific homeopathic nosodes increase titers for those diseases (laboratory tested). If titers are present, then immunity is in place. This is what vaccines are attempting to do. If there is a safer alternative that accomplishes the same end result,as nosodes do, then why would you discount them as a viable option? Apparently we have naysayers here who have no clinical experience to back up their misguided opinions. Very sad, if you truly care about the health and safety of our fellow humans (and animals as well).

      August 10th, 2015 6:07 pm Reply
  • Alex Murdoch

    The only downside is that nosodes don`t work and leave your children susceptible to preventable illnesses which are potentially fatal.

    April 2nd, 2014 10:14 am Reply
    • Kay

      You stated as fact that flu nosodes don’t work, Alex Murdoch, and that is wrong because you don’t know. They’ve worked for us for 5 years. There was only one year in all the 5 that my family of 6 has been using it that it didn’t work. And I believe that was because we didn’t start it soon enough. But the flu just two of us got was very mild. One of my children has a horrendous fear of needles and two of my children have autism, one very mild, one severe and I choose not to get the flu vaccine for them because it’s preserved with the mercury based preservative that is toxic to the brain. It was even stated on the news by our health department that it’s in the flu vaccine. The flu nosode we’re presently using is brand new for the 2014-15 flu season. Don’t get me wrong, my children have all been immunized against all the diseases the US government recommends we vaccinate against. But my children did not get them all clumped together in, say, a 4-disease dose. I feel that shots are given way to early to babies and too many at once. But as far as the flu nosode is concerned. It IS VERY EFFECTIVE and please don’t make comments until you’ve tried it and/or you’ve done your research, as I have.

      September 11th, 2014 9:32 am Reply
  • Mistee

    Where would I find information on what supplements and dosage I should give my children, if they were to catch the measles. It’s a life saver to have the information on hand before, instead of during a healing crisis.

    April 10th, 2014 1:36 am Reply

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