The purpose of vaccination is to protect your pet from potentially fatal infections by pathogenic (disease-causing) viruses such as distemper, rabies and others. The way this is done is to inject either a killed or a “modified” (non-pathogenic) live virus, which sensitizes the immune system to that particular virus. Thereafter, if your dog or cat is exposed to, let’s say, provirus, s/he will be able to respond quickly and vigorously, producing antibodies to overcome the infection.
This sounds like a pretty good plan on the surface. However, as with any medical procedure, we must ask the simple and direct question, “Is it safe? Is it effective? Do the benefits outweigh the risks?”
The Problems with Vaccinations
‘Routine’ vaccination, as is practiced today, is not always effective (especially in the case of the feline leukemia
vaccine), and frequently has adverse side-effects, either short or long term. With the use of severity of these side-effects in our pets has increased dramatically.
Not surprisingly, most of the problems involve the immune system. After all, the immune system is what vaccines are designed to stimulate. But they do so in a very unnatural way that can overwhelm and confuse the immune system. The body may overact to normally harmless substances (allergies, especially flea allergies and other skin problems), or even produce antibodies to itself (autoimmune diseases). At the same time, the body may be sluggish in responding to those things that it should reject, such as common viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. This can result in increased susceptibility to acute infections (such as ear infections in dogs, bladder infections in cats), chronic tapeworm problems, or in more degenerative cases, cancer.
Current research in the field if veterinary immunology, such as Dr. Ronald Schultz at the University of Madison-
Wisconsin and Dr. Jean Dodds, Hemopet, California has proven that a few single vaccines given appropriately will confer life-long immunity in most animals, and that not only is there no need for repeated yearly vaccines, but there is the potential for them to create or contribute to chronic disease and immunologic debilitation.
Lack of Alternatives
The big question has always been: What alternatives are there? Despite these potential problems, vaccination must surely be preferable to losing puppies and kittens to distemper, parvo and other fatal disease. Until recently, there have been no practical alternatives, so the short term benefits of vaccination have seemed to outweigh the long term risks. Now, however, there is a safe and effective alternative to vaccination: homeopathic nosodes.
Homeopathic Nosodes: A Better Alternative
A nosode is simply a homeopathic remedy that is made from a disease product. Nosodes are not in any way infections, and can be used in the same way that vaccines are, that is, to prevent viral infection. Like vaccines, nosodes sensitize the body to a particular virus, so the immune system can react quickly and effectively to natural exposure. Nosodes are at least as effective as vaccines, and in some cases have been shown to be significantly more effective than vaccines in preventing infection.
The schedule of treatment suggested here is for use in healthy animals. That is, there is no other disease process,
severe parasite problems, or symptoms of illness present. Those animals that do have some symptoms need treatment with other homeopathic medications first, before the use of this program is begun. No drugs should be used during the treatment period, other than heartworm medication (if necessary). It will be all right to use with animals on thyroid supplementation, but the protection may not be quite as high in these cases.