The media is currently rife with information on the measles pandemic and finally today the latest news which we have all been waiting for is the government has invested in a stock pile of the MMR vaccination. Media spin of a man found dead in his Swansea flat immediately sends terror around the country without any investigation into what actually killed him. They are going to let us know... I call this irresponsible reporting. It is stated 1 in 1000 will die of measles, vaccination clinics have reportedly thousands lining up outside them and the current question is how are the authorities going to persuade the locals of Totnes in Devon, one of the most alternative thinking towns in the country to get their children vaccinated.
You are probably aware the frenzy was sparked by the investigative work of now struck off Dr Andrew Wakefield who put his neck on the line in representing information on the side effects of the MMR vaccination and followed up by campaigning for the single dose vaccination, thats measles, mumps and rubella in individual jabs. Why? Because it is safer.
Just note he wasn't suggesting we fore-go the vaccination, he wasn't moving over to the side of the homeopaths, he was asking for wider health choices for a growing nation of intelligent parents and accessible information.
Pandemics are serious, there is no denying that fact. It inflates and stresses the costly health service we have here, it puts pockets of society back in the home caring for the ill patient and therefore out of the work place and generally the flow of society is clogged up.
Was Dr Andrew Wakefield irresponsible or is it as he adheres to, the fault of the government for not then delivering what the nation wanted - freedom of choice? - Coincidently, the country has run out of the mumps vaccination, currently only available in Asia, and wont (currently) be getting any more in.. and even more coincidently my son had mumps 2 weeks ago (rash diagnosis by the GP so I asked for a swab test for which we await results) he was better in 2 days on a prescription of baryta carb 30 every 2 hours but thats another story...
What is responsible healthcare in such a situation? What are the alternative options for a parent who's child hasn't been vaccinated? Is homeopathy a viable option when even The Society of Homeopaths and the Faculty of Homeopaths have been cornered into to saying on record there is no scientific evidence that homeopathy cures the measles. The title of a news article reads; "Neals Yard promotes Homeopathy for measles. This could kill real children." - thats Homeopathy and Kill in the same heading! ... and... we're talking real children, ones like yours and mine.
Just what hand is the media playing in all this? And after all these shenanigans how does the intelligent parent make an informed choice?
The first paragraph then goes on to say Neals Yard recommend you visit your GP if you think you have the measles. There is evidence, but not of the right kind by British standards....
How about we invest some money here?
The options, if you are looking for them are your choice entirely. As an all time rule a good immune system is essential and maintained with a low sugar, fresh and nutritious diet, exercise, enough sleep and vitamin supplementation.
This is what a homeopath might recommend...
(Disclosure: if you have the symptoms of the measles you should visit your GP...)
Morbillinum 30 used as a prophylactic, sometimes termed as homeopathic vaccination. Three doses of night, morning, night
Treat with option three if the child catches the measles.
Have the MMR vaccination and detox it with MMR 30 in homeopathic potency
Two doses night, morning followed by a week of thuja 30 one dose daily
Treat with option three if your child catches the measles.
If you have experience with homeopathic prescribing or a close relationship with someone who is prepared to give a 24hr watch over the infected child it is possible to-
Remain unvaccinated and over seeing close observation address the symptoms with:
Morbillinum, pulsatilla, belladonna, ferrum phos, euphrasia, apis, bryonia.
This list is not exhaustive, choice of potency, repetition of the dose and changing of remedies needs an experienced prescriber.
These choices will be influenced by your support network, experience in prescribing, whether you have enough confidence generally, a suitable life-style and the current health picture of the individual child.
Taking your health into your own hands requires knowledge, a good support network and an understanding GP. However with our over-loaded healthcare system, with reports daily that A&E departments can't cope, people are dying in corridors on trolleys, communication is so bad and nurses are so busy it has been over looked to tell people their loved ones have actually died so as they sit by their bed worrying if they are thirsty... our choices are being made around us.