How the Varicella Vaccine Damages a Child’s Immunity (for Life!)Updated: January 31, 2018 Vaccination
By Cilla Whatcott, HD RHom, CCH, PhD
Raise your hand if you’re in a secret Facebook group looking to find a chickenpox party.
How many of you remember a time when it didn’t need to be a secret? The concept is as old as the hills. Find a child with varicella, schedule a playdate and voila, instant exposure!
When I was a kid in the 1960’s there were plenty of chickenpox parties to go around. There was no need for secrecy for fear that Child Protective Services would show up at your front door to take your children away!
We all shared this benign childhood disease at school, church, on the playground, or the grocery store. It was a rite of passage – a few days off from school, itchy lesions that your mother warned you not to scratch, baking soda baths, and some chicken soup and ginger ale. No one thought much of it.
Then the varicella vaccine came along ….
Varicella Vaccine Madness
The chickenpox vaccine was intended to trick Mother Nature. Why? Because this benign illness had become too “inconvenient” for the modern household with two working parents. At that time in the mid-1990’s, dual income families had become the norm.
Shortly after the varicella shot was rolled out, the Centers for Disease Control initiated a surveillance study to assess the effects of this vaccine in a community with little mobility, Antelope Valley, CA.i In this town, people were born, raised and passed on with few folks moving in or out. It was the perfect petri dish to see what the vaccine was doing.
Something very interesting emerged from the data collected on this small community ….
One of the statisticians, Gary Goldman, discovered an alarming piece of data about the varicella vaccine after running the numbers. The incidence of shingles had increased significantly, not only among adults, but children as well. ii iii iv
When Dr. Goldman alerted his superiors to this fact, it was ignored. He was told that a vaccine for shingles could easily be rolled out to address the problem.
And this is exactly how the situation has played out over the past 20 years, hasn’t it? Shingles cases are through the roof for all age groups since the chickenpox vaccine was introduced with the very expensive shingles jab with its pitifully low effectiveness rate strongly pushed on older adults at the corner pharmacy.
Was Mother Nature truly fooled? Of course not! She never is.
Mother Nature’s Purpose for Childhood Illness
Mother Nature knew exactly what she was doing when she designed childhood illnesses – in particular measles, mumps and chickenpox.
Recent studies have shown us that these specific childhood diseases, caught during the typical windows of childhood immune system development, are protective against heart attacks v and strokes,vi shingles, ovarian cancer vii and other cancers later in life.viii
Would you rather have your child suffer a mild disease like chickenpox for a week or get cancer or another autoimmune disease for life?
You see, these childhood diseases exercise the immune system to become stronger, much like a muscle lifting weights. This allows adequate maturation to boost long term health outcomes in a positive way.
In essence, childhood illness paves the way for a long, healthy life.
But wait! What about those that are too weak to handle a childhood illness or when a dangerous epidemic strikes?
Homeoprophylaxis Boosts Immunity without Damaging It
There is an alternative to conventional vaccines for boosting the immune system, but it doesn’t involve fooling Mother Nature. It is called homeoprophylaxis (HP) and works very similarly to how human physiology reacts to exposure to wild disease.
Due to ultra-high dilution, HP pellets contain the frequency of the targeted disease, but no material substance. As a result, there is no risk of contracting the actual disease. All the benefits are conferred without the risks.
When taken in the mouth, contact with mucous membrane (just like natural disease) signals the immune system to begin producing Immunoglobulin A (IgA), the initial response of its innate arm. An energetic pattern is communicated to the developing system where it is stored until exposure to the disease occurs. In essence, one’s natural susceptibility to the disease has been satisfied by this “dose” of its frequency. It contains no additives, no preservatives, or adjuvents. Only the natural disease is communicated to the recipient.
Why Use HP if Natural Disease is Preferable?
Some would contend that natural disease is preferred, so why take a pellet containing a diluted version?
Here’s the problem. Can we easily find the wild disease in our communities any longer? Rarely, if ever, can this occur especially when it comes to chickenpox!
Again, Mother Nature’s plan was derailed, but she was never fooled.
Typically parents received an exogenous (external) boost when exposed to their children who had come down with chickenpox. Grandparents did too, as did teachers and other adults coming in contact with the little virus carriers. Pediatricians historically had the lowest incidence of shingles because they received so many exogenous boosts from examining their patients with chickenpox. It was a pretty effective plan.
Furthermore, what if some children are too weak or immunocompromised to withstand an illness? Not everyone is strong enough to sail through a disease unscathed even one as benign as varicella. If you are in this camp and in favor of some sort of protection but question the additional ingredients in vaccines, HP is the logical and effective solution.
Why Do Some Homeopaths Skip HP?
There are homeopaths among us who eschew homeoprophylaxis and staunchly defend the use of what’s called “genus epidemicus.”
This is a fancy term which simply means the use of a well-chosen homeopathic remedy that targets the main common symptoms of an epidemic.
Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), the father of homeopathy, accidentally discovered homeopathic belladonna as the genus epidemicus for scarlet fever. ix He proceeded to apply it prophylactically to prevent widespread infection and was later supported by the government that mandated its use during epidemics.
Likewise, during seasonal outbreaks of leptospirosis in Cuba, HP saved a great deal of suffering for over 2 million people. x The Indian government supports the use of HP as a valid alternative to conventional vaccines as evidenced by its success reducing Japanese encephalitis.
If HP has no risk of death or injury and only benefits the system as a whole then why not administer it and reap the benefits? Why would any community prefer unguarded exposure to wild disease when protection is available so easily and naturally? It just makes sense.
Still have questions about HP, and the evidence behind its use?
You owe it to yourself to attend the conference, Homeoprophylaxis: The Evidence-Based Choice. This highly anticipated event takes place October 7-9, 2016 in the beautiful downtown St. Petersburg Florida Hilton Bayfront hotel.
You will hear from doctors from around the globe who will share studies, experiences and application of HP to individuals, families and communities. In addition, you will meet parents who are using this treatment effectively with their own families. Visit www.worldwidechoice.org/conference to learn more!
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About the Author
Cilla Whatcott, HD RHom, CCH, PhD is a classical homeopath, instructor at Normandale Community College, mother of several adopted children from around the world and advocate for safer healthcare.
She can be reached through the website www.worldwidechoice.org.
She is the author of two books:
Cilla can be contacted to offer individualized homeoprophylaxis programs for travel or childhood diseases at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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iv Goldman, G. Universal varicella vaccination: Efficacy trends and effects on herpes zoster. International Journal of Toxicology, 2005 July-Aug:24(4):205-213.
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vi Kubota, Y, Iso, H, et al. Association of measles and mumps with cardiovascular disease: the Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) study. Atherosclerosis 2015 Jun 18;241(2): 682-86.
vii Miller, Neil. Miller’s Review of Critical Vaccine Studies. New Atlantean Press 2015. 228-244.
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.