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Flu Vaccines - One Holistic Viewpoint

Flu vaccines are a good idea from multiple points of view.

I think it does a disservice to holistic health when we call it "alternative medicine". 

"Alternative" means another choice, but it also implies a mutually exclusive, this-or-that choice. I don't think health and healing works that way. No one symptom exists in isolation...people are whole, interconnected organisms, even at the purely physical, biological level. Add to that the connections of body to mind and spirit. Add to that the connections of relationships and social functioning. Health and healing is a "big picture" venture.  "Mainstream" and "Alternative" medicine can (and do) work together - hence the names "Complimentary" and "Integrated" medicine. In the totality of health care, both are a viable ways to help. The difference comes in deciding which is the BEST approach in a given situation. Sometimes the best answer isn't "this" or "that". Sometimes the best answer really is "all of the above".

The gap between mainstream, 'scientific' Allopathic health care and Holistic Health is narrowing. The more science studies holistic health, the more common ground is found.  Naturopaths were promoting hygene long before the days of Lister and Pasteur.  The "Nature Doctors" have been telling people to wash their hands for hundreds of years.

Vaccines are another area where modern medicine and holistic health finally agree. Now I'm sure many of you natural health fans are bristling at that and are ready to stop reading...but wait a minute first. 

I realize there are religious objections to vaccines. Those are personal decisions, and outside of the scope of this post. I know there has been panic and mis-information about connections between vaccines and autism, not to mention legitimate problems with preservatives and allergies - but consider this for a minute: homeopathy.

The theory behind homeopathy is that the symptoms in an illness are actually evidence of the body's self-healing efforts, not evidence of the disease process. So tiny doses of a substance that induces the same set of symptoms is given to help and support that inner self-healing. As the adage says,  "like cures like".

Now look at how vaccines work. A tiny bit of killed or disabled germs are given to teach your body how to protect itself against that particular germ and the disease that it causes.The germ-containing vaccine directs and helps our natural inner germ-fighting system. The germ helps the body self-cure the germ-caused disease before it even progresses enough to cause symptoms. In essence, like cures like. Sounds a little like homeopathy, doesn't it? Yet vaccines are supported by hard science, and are time-proven good medicine.

Whether you are an advocate of natural health, or a pure mainstream kind of person - vaccines make sense. It keeps individuals healthy, it's true. Looking again to the big picture, it keep the community as whole healthier too.

I've had my flu vaccine - have you? And wash your hands.

 

 

 

Ronda Snow is a Reiki Master, holds a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science. For more Natural Health and Stress Management information please visit www.RondaSnow.com

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Oren Spiegler December 08, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Dr. Snow: you portray the vaccine quite innocuously when you state that there can be problems with its "preservatives". What about the problems that may occur due to the poisons in the vaccine, its additives, most of which we would never dream of consuming: antifreeze, nail polish remover, mercury, formaldehyde, plus monosodium glutamate (MSG) and chick embryos, to cite a few? The vaccine pushers do not seem to want to acknowledge reality. Should there not be full disclosure of the unsavory contents of the vaccine? Do you acknowledge these contents, and if so, will you provide your explanation of how injecting them into our bloodstream is safe and harmless? I would love to hear a debate between you and Dr. James Winer (www.drjameswiner.com), noted natural healing expert of forty-two years, who asserts on each one of his programs that span thirty five and a half hours weekly, that vaccines are dangerous and do not work. My primary point is that individuals that elect to be vaccinated should do so armed with the facts.
Ronda Snow December 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
It is indeed an individual choice, one that should be guided by valid facts and abundant, accurate data. While you are providing links, perhaps you could also guide us to the incidence of adverse effects you cite in the general population? Just how common are those problems? And how do those problems weigh against the harm the flu itself can do in un-vaccinated individuals, and in an under-vaccinated population? Can you cite other other sources in addition to Dr. Winer? The BEST way to make the choice, of course, is in an individualized, one-on-one meeting with a health care professional. The opinion of strangers on the internet like us are barely a piece of the puzzle. All we can do is our best reporting of the facts as we know them...the rest is up to the individual. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/whoshouldvax.htm http://geronj.oxfordjournals.org/content/34/2/201.short http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/flu-guide/fact-sheet-vaccines http://www.getholistichealth.com/9154/is-the-flu-vaccine-safe-for-pregnant-women/ One minor technical point. The vaccine isn't "pushed into our bloodstream" It is a small deposit in a muscle where it is detected and used by the immune system.

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