Whether or not to immunize is a complex and oftentimes difficult decision today. I advise many parents in this regard. As a medical professional and a homeopathic physician these two trainings are not in a great deal of conflict over this issue. There are growing data generated by good studies throughout the world that suggest that the childhood immunizations that are currently recommended may not be without serious harm. There are also good data to suggest that often the committees and organizations that we have trusted to advise us in these matters may have serious conflicts of interest. There is no question that adverse events to vaccines are seriously underreported in this country and that very often a parent’s complaints are dismissed offhandedly and sometimes ridiculed by otherwise caring physicians. It is also clear that a great many of the recommended childhood vaccinations do not make good sense. Data from Europe indicate that many of the childhood illnesses may actually impart a benefit to the immune system throughout ones life, and that children who acquire immunity through the actual disease process have significantly lower rates of chronic illnesses later in life, including allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases. It is a well-known fact that natural immunity (that develops after acquiring the illness) tends to be life-long. Immunity that is acquired through immunization is generally of a shorter duration requiring re-immunization only a few years later. The significance of this fact can be profound when one considers that many of these illnesses can be benign when acquired as a child, but can be devastating when acquired as a teenager or an adult.
Homeopathic treatment is highly advisable if one chooses not to immunize one’s children. But homeopathic medicines are not equivalent to immunization. There are no data that indicate, in any way, that homeopathic treatment imparts an immune antibody response similar to aquiring the illness or being immunized conventionally. Any attempt to provide a “Homeopathic Immunization” may be a bogus or sham method of evading state immunization practices. There is no legal or scientific basis for this procedure.