By Dr. Richard Ezgur
Given the side-effects and health risks of vaccination, many people are looking for alternatives to the “one-size-fits-all” vaccination protocols. Popular alternatives include delaying vaccination until 6 months of age, limiting doses to only one vaccine at a time, and avoiding certain vaccines with especially high health risk-to-benefit ratios. Another option is to use homeopathic remedies either as an alternative to, or in addition to vaccinations. Because homeopathic remedies are 100% natural and so highly diluted, they are completely non-toxic and pose no health risks or serious side-effects when administered by a properly trained homeopath. Furthermore, a good homeopathic physician will avoid a “cookie-cutter approach” and work with you to individualize a treatment plan that is appropriate for you and your family, based upon your goals, risk of exposure, and many other factors.
Most people are surprised to learn that there are numerous scientific studies which document homeopathy’s success in the prevention and treatment of patients with virtually every major epidemic disease including but not limited to: measles, mumps, rubella, polio, influenza, pertussis, hepatitis, chicken pox, and malaria. While much is still not known as to how homeopathy has achieved such impressive results, the underlying principle of how homeopathy works is based upon the “Law of Similars”, which states that “a substance that causes, in a healthy person, symptoms similar to those of a disease state, can cure a sick person in that similar disease state.” The Latin phrase Similia similibus curentur (“let likes be cured by likes”) defines the guiding principle of homeopathy.
There are many examples of conventional modern medicine utilizing homeopathy’s Law of Similars including: allergy shots, vaccinations, and the use of stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.) in the treatment of ADHD. In the case of allergy shots and vaccination, a diluted substance triggers a reaction of the body which results in enhanced immunity. Although similar in principle, homeopathy has several distinct advantages over vaccination. Aside from the superior safety record of homeopathic remedies, another main difference is that the reaction triggered by a well-chosen homeopathic remedy will not only affect the immune system, but will also bring about a global healing response with far-reaching effects including improvements in patients with chronic health problems affecting energy, sleep, mood, digestion, fertility, pain, etc.
In my practice, I believe in providing a variety of information and resources to help my patients and parents make informed health care decisions and choose from a variety of options. Some folks choose to adhere to a strict regimen of vaccinations recommended by their primary care providers and pediatricians. Some patients choose homeopathy as an alternative, while others choose a more individualized hybrid approach. Ultimately, the choice is up to you.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact:
Dr. Richard Ezgur
Chiropractic Physician, Acupuncturist, Homeopath