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Controversy around vaccination

Arguments against

Vaccination of cats

To vaccinate or not?

The safe alternative - nosodes

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Controversy around vaccination

The original idea and the first achievements of the vaccines were revolutionary - introducing killed viruses into the body, inducing an autoimmune response and producing a so-called immunological memory in case of a future contact with the disease. People reacted positively to the first vaccinations against cholera, plague, tuberculosis or scarlet fever and national governments soon introduced a series of mandatory vaccinations for the population. It motivated developing new vaccines for many, also not fatal, diseases and vaccines have grown both in the number and the frequency of application.

After the first euphoria, however, since several decades there has been a growing criticism of vaccines. Attention is drawn to the fact that they are often not effective (which is covered with the statement that if vaccinated and getting infected, the infection would be  lighter than otherwise) and to their short- and long-term side effects. With the increasing number of vaccinations, this negative impact has gained in strength for both the individuals, and for the whole population.

Most of the problems infect the immune system, which a vaccine is to stimulate. However, as it does it in a very unnatural way, it overwhelms and disrupts its normal functioning. The body may begin to be oversensitive to normal harmless substances (reacting with allergies or skin problems) and even to start producing antibodies against itself (autoimmune disease). At the same time, the body defense against ordinary viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites weakens. The result are multiplying chronic and degenerative diseases (as, for instance, cancer).

In the long run vaccinations weaken the successive generations, acting immuno-suppressively and causing adverse genetic changes.

The main arguments against vaccination

The literature highlights several major problems associated with vaccines:

• vaccines often do not provide sufficient protection (this may be due to their low effectiveness, such as in the case of leukemia vaccine for cats, infectious peritonitis virus and vaccines against ringworm)

• Vaccines cause many diseases much more serious than those which are intended to prevent

• vaccine provides some protection against sudden diseases but instead contributes to the development of chronic diseases

• vaccinations are too often applied despite the absence of risk or the need for vaccination (see below)

• chemicals used as carries for the vaccines are highly detrimental.

Vaccination of cats

All arguments about vaccines for humans, are equally true for our pets. Moreover, problems mentioned above are often more serious, due to the extremely high rate of vaccinations for animals and the acceptability of ingredients or forms which are banned in vaccines for humans in many countries.

Veterinarians and vaccine producers often use our fear and concern for pets to convince us about the necessity of vaccines. Usually, vaccinations are implemented even despite the complete absence of risk or in cases of the risk so small that it makes the entire vaccination unwarranted. Most domestic cats will never be confronted with the majority of viruses (eg. rabies virus or leukemia, which require direct contact with an infected animal). In other cases, even a contact with the virus does not cause automatic, contagious infection. This category includes viruses of leukemia, feline infectious peritonitis, feline immunodeficiency (feline AIDS) and ringworm. Vaccination does not affect the source of the disease in those cases but acts as an immunosuppressant. It blocks the body's response to the disease, but at the same time allows other viruses, bacteria or fungi to grow. Accordingly, vaccines against these diseases  do not offer benefits and in fact often invoke the disease which they supposedly prevent. In terms of the side effects, these vaccines are at the same time among the most dangerous. The only effective and safe prevention against these diseases is a natural, healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.

It cannot be overlooked, what vaccines are from the chemical point of view. The virus must first be inoculated on a tissue such as liver or cat's retina. It is then preserved in a chemical solution, which in turn must also contain activators, activating it in the body of the patient. In addition, they contain various hormones and adjuvants - chemical and very aggressive substances added to vaccines to stimulate or increase the body's immune response. Besides that, to in turn hold the impact of the virus, antibiotics and other toxins are included in order to weaken it.

The most common medium for preservation of the virus is mercury. It is at the same time, in each of its form, neurotoxic, cardiotoxic, epatoxic, nephrotoxic, immunotoxic and carcinogenic. It causes developmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and degenerative changes in the reproductive systems, It is proven to impair reproduction and damaging the seed. The Scandinavian countries have introduced a ban for mercury in vaccines. In other countries we will probably have to wait for such measure. In the vaccines for humans, let alone those for cats ...

This whole chemical battalion effects the metabolism of the vaccinated animal. Cats suffer greatly from post-vaccine complications. Often directly, and usually in a long term. The most obvious complication, causing great suffering among cats is a fibroma, a type of cancer arising in the injection site. Veterinarians try to minimise the mortality caused that way, injecting a strong vaccine (for example against rabies) in the animal's limb which then in a critical situation me be subject to amputation. Fibroids are malignant and the patient's life expectancy is less than three years.

Whether to vaccinate a cat?

The first, key decision is whether to vaccinate an animal at all or not (and if not, how to strengthen its natural resistance). Before looking at the alternatives to allopathic vaccines, the most important thing that anyone choosing to vaccinate a cat must understand is that there is almost never need for so-called booster vaccination. Repeated vaccination does not improve immunity and the majority of antibodies produced by vaccination will remain activate for the whole animal's life. However, most companies recommend annual or biennial ‘refresh' for their vaccines. It would probably surprise most people that in order to obtain the necessary licensing for a vaccine, only general studies on its side effects and functioning are required and not on its scope of protection. This loop whole is often exploited by producers, who are free to establish rules and, unfortunately, by many vets who - consciously or not – secure that way a regular flow of patients.

Revaccination does not stimulate the secondary (anamnestic) immune response, as it interfere with existing antibodies (similar to the interference of maternal antibodies in a kitten; they are vaccinated twice in a short lapse of time necessary for the body to rest - usually from one week to one month for complex vaccines. The first vaccination is designed solely to neutralise the antibodies from the mother).

The practice of annual vaccinations is therefore merely a mechanism for ensuring the annual examination of animals or when required by law (eg when crossing the border of the country). However, also the law is changing and is influenced by the results of the newest research. The European Union begins to change the statutory minimum period of validity of vaccinations (including rabies).  We can only point out here that the period of validity is being amended and not the vaccines as such…

For no need for repeated vaccination speaks also the existence of so-called immunological memory. This memory is not dependent on the amount of circulating antibodies (immunoglobulins) in the body. The immune system retains the ability to produce antibodies against the antigen usually lifelong. After re-exposure it can produce antibodies within forty-eight hours. With this memory, the energy expenditure that would be necessary to maintain a constant circulating antibodies in the body can be saved. Thus, even a low status of antibodies or their complete absence, does not mean that the body is unprotected. When a vaccination is repeated, the body destroys the virus particles before they can affect the "improved resilience." In addition, there is a price for this unnecessary "exercise" of the immunological memory, as the body needs to cope and dispose of all the dangerous chemicals which were preserving the virus in the vaccine.

Before making a decision on vaccination, consider the following factors:

1. Is the disease is severe (life-threatening)?
2, Is the animal or will be exposed to the infection?
3. Is the vaccine is considered effective (protects from infection)?
4, Is the vaccine against this disease considered relatively safe?
5. What is the state of health and lifestyle (nutrition) of your cat?

First of all, the owner should decide whether to hold a single vaccination, taking into account the individual risk-benefit balance.

For example, a single shot against panleukopenia in shelters with raised risk group, will be reasonable in the circumstances.

If you decide to vaccinate, you should ask for a adjuvant-free vaccine, containing no thimerosal, mercury, aluminum and other harmful substances. The term for vaccination should not fall, as it is widely recommended, for the 8. week of age (unless for young abandoned kittens in shelters with a high risk of infection), It should be carried out at the earliest at 12. weeks, even later, especially if the cat is still fed by the mother. The vaccine should not consist of multiple viruses at once. The simpler, the better.

For description of diseases, their risk, particular vaccines and their effectiveness, read

Safe alternative – nosodes

At the beginning it must be underlined that the only and best guarantee of immunity for a cat is healthy, natural nutrition and its secure origin. If a cat comes from a healthy, strong mother who transferred him a strong immunological memory, she will effectively combat any virus and also bacteries, funghi and parasites in her body. Well-fed animals on a natural raw diet rich in enzymes, amino acids and minerals can easily and quickly deal with all viruses that surround us every day, waiting for a weak "prey".

On a daily basis we can enhance the natural resistance of our cats by the use of natural, fully balanced fresh food, herbs, bee-pollen, seeds and natural oils, that means everything that the animal normally would find for itself in the nature.
Moreover, though it is unfortunately often forgotten, in parallel with the creation of vaccines, in 1828 there were also substances called miasm or nosodes invented, which are based on the same idea of ​​building up an immune response but in a much more natural, safe way.

As Dr. G. Mcleod describes in his book "A Veterinary Materia Medica and Clinical Repertory with a Materia Medica of the Nosodes": "There is a fundamental difference between conventional vaccination by injection and that using the oral route. The former involves the subcutaneous or intramuscular injection of an antigen (vaccine material) which after an interval produces antibodies in the blood stream against the particular antigen. While in most cases by this method a degree of protection against the particular disease is established, the procedure can be criticized on two grounds. 1) The defense system of the body is not fully incorporated by this means and 2) there is a risk of side effects due to the foreign nature of the protein involved in the vaccine material. This aspect of conventional vaccination has been well documented in many species. Oral vaccination on the other hand gives a more solid immunity inasmuch as it incorporated the entire defense system, which is mobilized as soon as the vaccine is taken into the mouth and builds up protection with each further dose. This procedure is equivalent to what is known as "street infection" viz. ingestion of virus, etc., during daily contact with other animals, when immunity would be built up in the same way. This does not interfere with the presence of any maternal antibodies."

Nosode is a homeopathic remedy made from weakened virus and used for building up the natural immunity according to a principal similar to that of the vaccine but much more gently (without entering a dead virus directly into the bloodstream, along with a set of very potent preservatives and other substances) and at the same time more effectively (resulting in the strengthening of all elements of the immune system).
Nosodes sensitivitise the organism to a particular virus, so that the immune system can respond to it effectively and quickly in case of natural exposure to the disease. Nosodes are at least as effective as vaccines, in many cases proved their superiority over allopatic vaccines in preventing infections.

Elements of the immune system activated by nosodes:
- Lymphatic organs (lymph nodes)
- Tonsils
- Bone marrow
- Spleen
- Peyer's patches

Nosodes leave no chemical side-products in the body.

The school medicine also recognizes nosodes, recommending them in situations in which a classical vaccine would not work or work improperly:

- for weak, sick, too young or too old organisms,
- as an immediate protection during outbreaks, when vaccination would cause an additional risk
- in case of fear of probable post-vaccine side effects (fever, shock, allergic reactions to ingredients of a vaccine).

Unfortunately, this option is not made available to many pet owners and often even in the cases mentioned above the doctors did not want or cannot – due to the lack of access – apply nosode immunization.

author: Lucie Miara, LL.M, Holistic Breeder,

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