I frequently get asked about vaccination, and I generally suggest that it is a good idea to read a lot about the entire immune system and to research the ins and outs of individual vaccines and their short- and long-term side effects, before making a decision. After that, I would suggest a look at alternatives. These must include living an immunologically strong lifestyle and developing an ability to react well under potentially stressful and emotional conditions. In other words, you would be embarking on a lifestyle of responsibility.

Vaccination works because of the immune system’s ability to recognize and respond, but it can tie up the body’s B and T cell memory capacity to such an extent that the body’s immune function ceases to be free to deal with any new challenges. Natural coding, whereby immunity is achieved through overcoming normal infections one by one in childhood, is more subtle: between 3 and 7 percent of memory capacity is tied up through natural coding, contrasting with 70 percent when a vaccine is used. (This gap was revealed in data collected by the Humanitarian Society in 1983.) Never allowing our immune system to self-educate, to recognize and remember for itself, is dangerous. Yet this is what may happen if antibiotics or vaccinations have been overused. Triple vaccines have been banned in some countries because of the increased danger of overstimulating a child’s immune system. In Britain, however, it is still considered safe and acceptable. Although one brand of the triple vaccine was withdrawn recently because of apparent links with meningitis, Britain still continues to use other types.

Instantaneous allergic reactions to vaccinations can be caused by excessive immune responses. This happens through the combining of antibodies with antigens to form allergies, which in turn stimulate cells to produce histamine. Excessive histamine can cause breathing difficulties and, indeed, bronchial spasm, which to a baby can be highly dangerous.

Yet these immediate and worrying problems are minimal in comparison to the longer-term effects of vaccination and its overall strength.If you decide to immunize your baby with the live polio vaccine, make sure you wash your hands carefully in essential oils after all diaper changes for three months afterward. Also, keep your baby out of contact with the following people because they are at high risk of contracting vaccine- induced polio: those receiving radiotherapy; those taking cytostatic drugs, systemic glucocorticoids like cortisone, potent corticosteroids for the skin, and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), or other immunosuppressive drugs; those with congenital immune system deficiencies; and those with a history of paralytic disease.

If you or any other adults wish to be vaccinated, make sure you receive killed vaccines which have a higher safety record than live vaccines. Live vaccines are defi nitely considered riskier for adults. Also, take them separately (and spread the timing out), even if you have to pay more to do so. Multiple vaccines are cheaper, but they overburden the immune system incredibly.

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