Veterinarians and animal guardians alike are seriously questioning the current guidelines for vaccination of animals. Not only holistic veterinarians, but an increasing number of conventional practitioners and leading veterinary immunologists believe we are over-vaccinating our animals. An example is the vaccine for Parvovirus, the infection causes severe damage to the intestinal tract and the animal becomes very ill with vomiting and diarrhoea and may die. More and more cases of vaccinated dogs are coming down with parvo, so soon after the vaccine that it appeared the vaccine was causing the disease, or at least, making the dogs more susceptible.
With the introduction of the first feline leukaemia virus vaccine, the veterinary community had hoped that a terrible disease of cats could finally be halted (feline leukaemia virus disease is similar to HIV and the AID’s syndrome in humans). However, problems arose from the start. The vaccine, touted as safe and highly effective, did not appear to prevent the disease and side effects were numerous and often severe. Many cats who tested and found free of the disease, succumbed to the disease shortly after vaccination, as though the vaccine had initiated the disease. The vaccine manufacturers maintain this is not possible even though statistics prove otherwise. One study found, for example, that 32 percent of vaccinated cats die within the twenty-four months following vaccination with feline leukaemia virus vaccine.
The following quote is from a section on dog and cat vaccination in Current Veterinary Therapy X1, a strictly conventional text book, the Authors are Tom Philips DVM (Scripps Institute) and Ron Schultz, PH.D (University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine).
A practice that was started many years ago and that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunological requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. successful vaccination to most bacterial pathogens produces an immunological memory that remains for years, allowing an animal to develop a protective anamnestic (secondary )response when exposed to virulent organisms … Furthermore, revaccination with most viral vaccines fails to stimulate an anamnestic (secondary) response as a result of interference by existing antibody…The practice of annual vaccination in our opinion should be considered of questionable efficacy unless it is used as a mechanism to provide an annual physical examination or is required by Law.
The cattle disease Bovine herpesvirus 1 (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) causes severe respiratory and genital infections. In the United States, vaccination proceeded rather aggressively over the years in an attempt to reduce the disease. In Australia however, health officials decided not to vaccinate and allowed natural immunity to develop within cattle populations. There has been no difference in infection or immunity rates between the two Countries. Once again, vaccination does not appear to have made any impact.
Christopher Day a British Veterinarian, compared the effectiveness of vaccination and homeopathic immunisation for kennel cough among dogs housed in a boarding kennel. The kennel had been experiencing recurrent outbreaks of kennel cough prior to Day’s study. Although the intent of the study was to evaluate the use of a homeopathic nosode for prevention of the disease, a curious finding was that vaccination actually increased susceptibility to the disease. This is particularly interesting in that it correlates with reports of increased susceptibility to smallpox and polio after vaccination. Day found the nosode to be quite effective at preventing Kennel cough. The nosode was made from phlegm of a dog with Kennel cough.
Can vaccines cause problems?
From a herd or species perspective, illness represents a strengthening factor. Overpopulation usually results in a disease outbreak which reduces the herd size and cleanses the herd (or species) by culling weaker individuals. Diseases such as distemper and rabies have historically provided this cleansing effect for wolf populations when necessary. A fundamental dilemma is that vaccination, in effect, leads to weakening of the gene pool and thus the overall health of a given population.
Today the most obvious vaccine induced problem is one that is deathly serious, causing great suffering among cats and cat companions. Fibrosarcomas, a type of cancer, occurs more and more as a result of vaccination. The vaccines implicated are the rabies and feline leukaemia virus vaccines. The cancers arise at the site of the injection of one of the vaccines. Many vets refer to the cancers as vaccine sarcomas. They are malignant and the average life expectancy is less than three years once the cancer has arisen, no treatment has proved satisfactory. Even with aggressive surgical removal, these cancers recur in the vast majority of cat. Some leading vets recommend giving the vaccine in a leg, or even in the tail to make amputation a viable option in case the cancer arises. What’s that all about!
Vaccinosis: replacing acute illness with Chronic disease
Vaccinosis, is a morbid condition resulting from vaccination. Compton Burnett, a British physician who practiced in the early 1900’s was originally a supporter of smallpox immunisation. However, he began to note that many chronic illnesses had begun at the time of vaccination. Burnett, also noted the ability of the remedy Thuja to reverse many of these vaccine induced states. There is a syndrome associated with parvoviruses, one that occurred first in cats and later in dogs Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle. The muscles may either weaken and stretch (dilated cardiomyopthy) or it may thicken greatly (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). Either condition will limit the hearts ability to pump blood and is often fatal. Cardiomyopathy did not affect dogs before the parvovirus outbreak or was very rare. Since the canine parvovirus (CPV) pandemic of 1978, male Dobermanns appear to be highly vulnerable to both CPV and cardiomyopathy and since, we have seen cardiomyopathy in many breeds. It is believed that the parvovirus vaccination is likely to be the cause of most cases and that vaccination brought about the heart muscle association of the disease that is not seen in natural infections.
A nosed is a homeopathic remedy made from a discharge or a similar product from an individual with the disease. The nosode carries the energy of the disease. A genus epidemicus, is a homeopathic remedy that matches the majority of cases in an epidemic, thus, can be used as a preventative. This has been done quite successfully in outbreaks of such diseases as cholera and yellow fever. Nosodes are prescription medicines and should be used with guidance from a practitioner. It is recommended that the 30c potency is given once or twice a week until the animal is 6 months old. Animals have a competent and highly affective immune system when they reach puberty and should no longer need the nosode. However, during contact with animals carrying disease the appropriate nosode should be given daily during incubation period.
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