A Parents Guide to Educating Your Child's Immune System
Kate Birch RSHom(NA), CCH, CMT
Cilla Whatcott, HD (RHom), CCH
Illustrated by Hannah Albert ND
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About the Author
Cilla Whatcott is a board certified classical homeopath and a graduate of Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. She holds a bachelors degree from Arizona State University and has a private homeopathic practice in Chaska, Minnesota. Cilla teaches classes in homeopathy at Normandale Community College and is certified in CEASE therapy for clearing vaccine damage. She's a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and the Minnesota Homeopathic Association. She is the co-author of "The Solution Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative" with friend and colleague Kate Birch.
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The SolutionHomeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative
By Kate Birch Cilla Whatcott
Balboa PressCopyright © 2012 Kate Birch, RSHom(NA), CCH, CMT, and Cilla Whatcott, HD (RHom), CCH
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Chapter OneWhat is Infectious Contagious Disease?
Pathogens and humans have evolved together over eons
Humans, Pathogens and Their Interaction
Infectious contagious disease is an infective immune system process that can be passed from one person to another. Modern science believes bacteria and viruses are the cause of all infectious contagious diseases.
Pathogens have evolved over time in relationship with humans. They have come and gone in epidemics and scourges based on varying collective susceptibilities in those human populations. These pathogens have shaped cultures, religious behaviors and rituals throughout history.
Pathogens have acted as checks and balances in the human population based upon human frailties and errors of living. The action of pathogens can be seen as pressure release valves for situations and environments not conducive to sustaining human life, either for the individual or the larger population. Those with poor nutrition, living in over-crowded or unsanitary conditions, or those under certain political and social pressures have a much greater susceptibility to contracting disease. The weak, the old, and the young are at greater risk of complications in these disease processes. While it is not the pathogen itself that directly causes the complication, it is the reaction, or lack of reaction of the human body to the pathogen that dictates the course the disease will follow. How high the fever goes, how violent the purgative process is, etc., governs how an individual will fare through an illness.
Those who contract the disease, display a moderate symptom picture, and survive the process are often gifted with: life-long immunity, greater freedom from chronic disease, and greater developmental maturity from having undergone the process stimulated by that disease.
Historically, there has never been any reliable system of medicine that facilitates this process of disease. Rather, avoidance of disease was necessary to limit severe disease outbreaks. Advancements in sanitary practices, clean water and food, better nutritional status and living conditions have all made the greatest impact in reducing disease incidence.
However, the human immune system is well equipped to recognize and develop appropriate immune system responses to naturally occurring pathogens.
The holistic view of disease observes that when the environment of the individual is mal-tuned, then, and only then, will the person become sick. This mal-tuned internal environment then opens the door for opportunistic infections.
While the conventional approach is to destroy all potential pathogens and shore up the immune system with vaccinations to avoid any pathological process, the holistic approach is to strengthen the individual, to make him less susceptible to getting sick. Then, if sickness does occur, to help the immune system make the sufficient and required action to remove the pathogen.
Scientific advances, through the use of antibiotics or genetically modified viral vaccines, have given us a false belief that we can, or have, eradicated certain disease processes. While vaccination may eliminate the pathogenesis of a particular disease, and antibiotics may kill some pathogens, we must remember these entities are living and have their own imperative to survive.
Now humans have changed the evolutionary course and form of pathogens. Accordingly, viral strains have mutated and bacteria have become 'super bugs.' Disease continues on.
Neither the use of antibiotics or vaccines has improved the immunological process of the individual; we have not solved the problem of susceptibility, nor have we given credence to the need for the disease process.
Bacteria are unicellular organisms of all shapes and sizes. They are present in nearly every environment. Bacteria are vital in recycling nutrients from the atmosphere and through decomposition. The bacteria present in human digestive tracts are responsible for facilitating digestive processes, hormonal regulation, blood clotting , and normal development. Bacteria are used for many food preserving techniques, such as the making of cheeses and yogurt.
As the DNA of bacteria is not encapsulated in a nuclear membrane, bacteria have the ability to transfer bits of DNA, a replicon, from one to the other to facilitate survival. Accordingly, bacteria can 'learn' from each other how to survive in oil spills, radioactive soil, and antibiotic mediums.
Healthy bacteria can become pathological when the environment of the human changes or when they inhabit the wrong organ system, i.e., surgical wounds, bacterial meningitis. Other bacteria such as cholera and tuberculosis are always pathological and hygiene methods should be employed to avoid contact. However, in outbreaks of disease, we must endeavor to understand why certain individuals are susceptible to particular pathogens, while others are not.
High fevers and discharges are needed to kill invading bacteria. Reduction of a fever during a bacterial infection can lead to further invasion.
There are three main classes of antibiotics
* Sulpha containing compounds. These antibiotics work to interrupt an enzymatic metabolic process of bacteria thus starving them. Sulphonamides can cause severe allergic reactions.
* Semi-synthetic drugs made in the laboratory from a synthesis of naturally occurring substances in combination with a beta-lactam molecule. Penicillin contains a beta-lactam molecule. Side-effects include hives, diarrhea, or systemic candida.
* Streptomyces are a type of naturally occurring bacteria that when given orally inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacterial, fungal and other parasitic infections. Streptomycin, Nystatin, and Neomycin are examples. Side-effects include damage to the inner ear, allergic reactions, or kidney damage respectively.
Fungi, Yeast, and Molds
Fungi, yeast and molds are found mostly on dead or decomposing matter. They have been used as food, such as mushrooms, and in a variety of food production methods, such as cheese and beer making. They also can cause food spoilage. Most fungi are non-pathogenic, but individuals with severely compromised immune systems can become infected with a variety of fungi.
Penicillium are a type of fungi that cause the spoilage of seeds and other stored foods. Abundant growth of penicillium hinders the growth of other bacteria. This observation brought the use of penicillin into medicine for the control of bacterial infections.
While occasional use of the drug penicillin may kill bacteria that have become pathogenic, there will always be some that learn to survive. Repeated use of penicillin leads to drug resistant strains of bacteria and over-growth of yeast in the individual. Yeast over-growth, while not infectious, interferes with metabolic function, digestion, and cognitive function.
Viruses consist of a single or double strand of DNA or RNA and a viral coat. The human immune system will respond to either the viral genetic material or to markers in the protein coat. Once infected with a virus, the viral RNA or DNA strands overtake the cell for replication. Retro-viruses have the ability to enter into the host's DNA, where they will lay in dormancy until the host becomes sufficiently stressed, thereby causing an outbreak and resurfacing of disease symptoms.
Moderate fevers are required to stimulate antibodies which will bind with the viral components. Immune system cells will localize these foreign particles, and work to engulf and remove them from the body via discharges, eruptions, or through the large intestine in the stool.
Vaccines are created by either separating the viral coats from the genetic material, through denaturing the genetic material to hinder viral replication, or through genetically modified viruses and recumbent technology where bits of viral strands are joined with other viral species' strands to weaken or strengthen the virulence of the pathogen.
As viruses for vaccine manufacturing are incubated in animal host cell cultures, research is now showing that bits of the host cell DNA are recombining with the vaccine material. Viral DNA in the host cell culture is also combining with the vaccine material. These viral particles and animal DNA are then injected, via the vaccines, into humans creating a whole new kind of pathogenic material and subsequent disease process.
What we don't know is whether the immune system is sophisticated enough to make antibodies to laboratory created pathogens, and if not, what kind of disease processes are we likely to encounter as disease agents become more complex and co-mingle with our own genetic blueprint?
Health is Measured by
* One's ability to adapt to the external pressures of life and the environment
* One's ability to bring physical action into the external environment to create a living situation that is conducive to life and health: socially, spiritually, culturally, politically, and economically
Disease is Influenced by
Frequency of outbreaks of acute disease is in direct relationship to how a particular environment is limited in supporting particular aspects of human life.
Overexposure to heat, cold, lack of sleep, lack of nourishment or shelter, overcrowding and poverty, all increase susceptibility toward infectious contagious disease processes.
Rather than seeing pathogens as responsible for the disease process, one can say the pathogen survives as a result of conditions which are conducive to that disease process.
An individual succumbs to an acute viral or bacterial illness because of various factors, that in combination, increase the susceptibility of the person to contract that disease entity.
A disease becomes contagious either by its virulence or its existence in a population that shares the same physical, social, religious, cultural, political, or economic susceptibilities.
If the person or group of people develops immunity and survives through the illness, we can say that a level of susceptibility in this individual or group was satisfied by the illness.
In the largest sense, because we know some people are stronger and possess greater biological conviction after an acute process, we can say that the infectious process acted as a tonifier and liberator of something deeper in the individual's health.
Role of Acute Disease
The normal process of developing a fever and a discharge liberate the body of toxins. Non-beneficial thought patterns and internal conflicts can build up over time and limit the life-force of a person or group of people. The liberation of those toxins transforms the relationship of the individual(s) to their external environment. This natural exonerative process results in specific immunity which, for some diseases, is life-long.
The pathogens implicated in this process could be considered symbiotic towards maintaining the health of the individual as long as the body's reaction to the pathogen is not so violent as to kill itself in the process.
The symptom expression of a fever and discharge are necessary to eliminate the pathogen. The most effective form of medicine will facilitate the function by actually increasing the fever and discharge so as to be fully effective.
In contrast to the allopathic approach of fighting against the body's natural defense mechanism by suppressing fevers, the homeopathic method works towards understanding the meaning and purpose of the symptoms and facilitating this self-correcting mechanism so that the pathogen is eliminated and harmony is restored to the body.
Not all people at all times will succumb to an acute infectious process. Susceptibility is based on two factors: the inherent health of the individual and the virulence of the pathogen. If the susceptibility to acute disease is left unaddressed, or suppressed by inappropriate treatment, it will always find a different way to express itself.
Those with weak vitality will produce an insufficient fever or eliminatory process, leaving leaving them susceptible to prolonged illness. Those with a strong vitality can produce overly intense symptoms causing excess suffering, also putting the person at risk.
Points to Remember
* Bacteria and viruses are evolving life forms
* We have hundreds of species of bacteria living in and on us that outnumber our own cells
* Contagion is due to susceptibility
* It is the reactive mechanism of the person rather than the actual pathogen that has the potential to cause harm
* Antibiotics don't create health
* Vaccines incubated in animal tissue introduces foreign DNA into our bodies
* Healthy immune response is an important part of good health
How the Immune System Works
There is perfect order in the universe and in the developing immune system
Development of the Immune System
The immune system is designed to direct us toward the ultimate goal in life – survival and growth. It does so through its natural intelligence, which is a powerful vital force permeating every cell in the body. Immune system development is interconnected with the development of the nervous and digestive systems alongside the development of the intellect, personality, and social function of the individual.
After nine months of symbiotic life in the womb, Baby emerges as a separate being with his innate immune system intact (general immune system). This system acts as the first line of defense in a nonspecific manner. The newborn's main challenge is differentiating self from non-self in relationship to the outer world. Through exposure to the environment, the immune system determines what is good for the body and what is not, what should be assimilated and what should be eliminated.
From the Mother's breast, the child receives nourishment along with her antibodies. This passive acquired immunity serves as protection from specific diseases. Over time the child begins to develop his or her own antibodies and memory of how to respond to particular antigens.
In the first year an infant knows how to localize inflammation, develop a fever, and produce a discharge to eliminate any foreign invader. Runny noses, coughs and rashes are all evidence of this general immune system activity. Specific antibody production begins by around one year of age and continues to develop over the following years.
This process of maturation continues over the next five to ten years. By the age of six, general and specific immunity is matured in its ability to identify intruders, mount an appropriate febrile defense, develop specific antibodies, and contain, immobilize and eliminate offending pathogens from the system.
The natural excretory routes for these discharges are through nasal discharge, expectoration from the lungs, via the stool, or through the skin via perspiration or eruptions.
The cycle of inflammation: T cells (orange) communicate via cytokines with other inflammatory cells, such as B cells and macrophages, to maintain and amplify this cycle.
Overview of the Immune System Cells
Cell-mediated and humoral immune functions
* Cell-mediated immunity T-lymphocytes: Macrophages CD8 cytotoxic cells CD4 T-helper cells: Th1
* Humoral immunity CD4 T helper cells: Th2 B-lymphocytes: antibodies
The adaptive immune system function stimulates cell-mediated and humoral activity. Cell-mediated immunity is an immune system response that does not involve antibodies, but activates macrophages (Th1 activity) and other immune system cells which release cytokines (cell-signaling molecules). Th1 cells stimulate inflammatory response to foreign particles, stimulate macrophages to engulf them, and remove them from the body via discharges. Th2 cells stimulate B-cells for specific antibody production.
The system strives for a healthy balance of the Th1 and Th2 functions. Cytokine release induces fevers which in turn can enhance the immune response to kill the pathogen.
It is essential for healthy development for these two arms of the immune to work in coordination with each other in order to completely resolve each disease process.
Natural Inhibition of Primitive Reflexes Stimulates Development
When a child leaves the self-sustaining environment of the womb, his survival is dependent on the primitive reflexes. These reflexes, which are automatic movements directed from the brain stem, ensure survival through the birth canal and for the first moments and initial months of life. As the infant matures the primitive reflexes gradually become inhibited. The natural inhibition of these reflexes allows for aspects of the cerebral cortex/ learning function and immune system to mature.
If the primitive reflexes remain active beyond six to twelve months of life they are said to be aberrant. As a result, the subsequent postural reflexes, which should emerge to enable the child to interact effectively with his environment, become delayed. Depending on the degree of delay, aspects of motor coordination, sensory perception, cognition and expression will be faulty or inefficient. Most reflexes depend on visual and vestibular stimulation to become inhibited. Rocking, turning from side to side, or tonal stimulation integrates the reflexes. Shock or physical illness with excess discharge accumulating in the ears during the early months of a child's life can result in failure of specific reflexes to become inhibited, resulting in specific developmental delays.
Excerpted from The Solution by Kate Birch Cilla Whatcott Copyright © 2012 by Kate Birch, RSHom(NA), CCH, CMT, and Cilla Whatcott, HD (RHom), CCH. Excerpted by permission of Balboa Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents
ContentsForeword – Michele Denize Strachan, MD....................ix
Foreword – Tetyana Obukhanych, PhD....................x
What is Infectious Contagious Disease?....................3
How the Immune System Works....................11
Homeoprophylaxis: The Vaccine Alternative....................21
Questions and Answers about Homeoprophylaxis....................33
Discussions on Vaccination....................45
Is Homeoprophylaxis Safe and Effective? Clinical Findings....................57
Access to Homeoprophylaxis....................67
Quick Guide to Homeopathic Treatment....................73
About the Authors....................101