Creating Waves of Awareness
Can Homeopathy Address Contagious Disease? Do we even need a discussion about this topic? Didn't Dr Hahnemann bring the relationship between vital force, susceptibility, and contagious disease to the forefront of our understanding the nature of disease?
Please comment below on the recent article posted in The Guardian that puts the British Homeopathic Association into an awkward position.
RESPONSE LETTER FROM LIONEL MILGROM
Published response in the British Medical Journal by Lionel Milgrom with full disclosure and resource list.
This reprint is for educational purposed only:
Parents need to know homeopathy does not protect against measles, says MP
Homeopathy group confirms there is no evidence that homeopathic 'vaccines' protect against contagious diseases
The GP and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston is calling on homeopathy's governing bodies to make it clear to parents that their alternative remedies will not protect children from measles outbreaks.
Large numbers of children have not had the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine, largely because of the scare that followed the publication of research by Andrew Wakefield in the Lancet medical journal in 1998 that postulated a link between the jab and autism. The research was later discredited and Wakefield was struck off by the General Medical Council for fraud.
In Wollaston's constituency of Totnes, Devon, the concern generated by Wakefield lingers on and is part of the reason, she believes, for a general distrust of vaccines and a reliance on homeopathy – remedies that are almost entirely water.
About 70% of five-year-olds in Totnes were fully protected against measles last year, she said on her blog, compared with 94% of those in Brixham, just miles away.
"Some parents have an unshakeable belief that homeopathy boosts their child's immune system. They would rather put their faith in 'natural' methods, as they see it," she told the Guardian.
That belief can spread in communities and outside school gates, and those who accept the NHS advice to give their child the MMR vaccine start to feel pressured.
"Once it reaches a critical mass within a community, it takes on its own significance – you become an irresponsible parent if you are vaccinating," she said. "I think it is time to dump this term 'herd immunity'. The message, as I see it, is about community immunity. By vaccinating your child, you protect the child who cannot be vaccinated as they are too young or sickly."
Wollaston called on the governing bodies of homeopathy to tell parents that homeopathic "vaccines" and remedies would not protect against measles.
The British Homeopathic Association and Faculty of Homeopathy said they would do so. "There is no evidence to suggest homeopathic vaccinations can protect against contagious diseases. We recommend people seek out the conventional treatments," a spokesman said.
"I don't know where the parents in Totnes are getting their information from – it certainly is not us. There is no legal regulation of homeopathy in the UK and anyone can set themselves up as an expert. It is those people who tend to give us a bad name."
Philip Edmonds, chairman of the Society of Homeopaths said: "The Society does not endorse the use of homeopathic medicines as an alternative to vaccination for the prevention of serious infectious diseases and recommends that members of the public seek the advice of their GP, and/or relevant Department of Health guidelines, concerning vaccination and protection against disease."
There are currently about 700 cases and suspected cases of measles in Wales, the biggest outbreak since the triple jab was launched in 1988. An estimated 40,000 children in Wales have not had the MMR, and special catch-up NHS clinics have been held for two weekends in a row in the worst-affected Swansea area.
Some parents continue to seek out single vaccines, against NHS advice. The Children's Immunisation Centre, which runs six clinics in England and one in Swansea, said it was being inundated with calls from parents seeking a measles vaccine.
"The clinics are very, very busy," said manager Zoe Miller. "It has made people realise, crikey, we have not vaccinated our children. They need to do it before it spreads to their children."
Miller said staff advised parents to give their children all three vaccines at intervals, but the chain of private clinics has no mumps vaccine and has not had any for three years.
Outbreaks of mumps, sometimes known as the kissing disease, can occur among students starting university. Although serious complications are rare, they can include viral meningitis and swelling of the testicles or ovaries.
"Mumps isn't life-threatening," said Miller. The vaccine, she added "is apparently available in Singapore". The clinics say they are attempting to source a Jeryl Lynn strain of mumps vaccine to import, which they say is the safest strain.
However, the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority, which licences vaccines in the UK, disagrees.
"The MHRA is not currently aware of any available single-component mumps vaccines for which there are no safety concerns," it said in a statement.
"In relation to the Children's Immunisation clinics, we have significant concerns over the quality of the mumps vaccine the clinic is attempting to supply."
The Department of Health's position is that there is no evidence to support the use of single vaccines or to suggest they are in any way safer than the MMR, which is supported by the World Health Organisation and other independent expert groups around the world. Giving children the single vaccine leaves them at risk of catching the other diseases in the intervals between jabs.
Much information regarding the safety of vaccinations is systematically hidden from the public.
Buried in official documents covering the workings of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), evidence recently came to light  that indicates this body has been less than frank with the British public about the dangers posed by vaccinations. As the paper’s author (Dr Lucija Tomlijenovic from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada) points out, ‘The JCVI made continuous efforts to withhold critical data on severe adverse reactions and contraindications to vaccinations to both parents and health practitioners in order to reach overall vaccination rates which they deemed were necessary for ‘herd immunity’, a concept which with regards to vaccination, and contrary to prevalent beliefs, does not rest on solid scientific evidence.’ And, ‘Official documents obtained from the UK Department of Health (DH) and the JCVI reveal that the British health authorities have been engaging in such practice for the last 30 years, apparently for the sole purpose of protecting the national vaccination program.’
Particularly alarming here are Dr Tomlijenovic’s claims that since 1981, the JCVI has known that the measles vaccine can cause permanent neurological damage and death. Also, since 1990, she claims the JCVI has known that the controversial MMR vaccine is linked to cases of meningitis and encephalitis, yet these vaccines continue to be promoted to the public (readers might remember the systematic hounding of Dr Andrew Wakefield for daring to suggest in The Lancet a link between the MMR vaccine and autism back in 1998).
Dr Tomlijenovic concludes her damning report, ‘… by apparently prioritizing vaccination policy over vaccine safety, the JCVI, the Department of Health (DH) and the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) may have shown a disregard for the safety of children. Through selective data reporting, the JCVI in conjunction with the DH, has promulgated information relating to vaccine safety that may be inaccurate and potentially misleading, thereby making it impossible for the parents to make a fully informed consent regarding vaccination. Furthermore, by 1) apparently misleading patients about the true risks of adverse reactions so as to gain their consent for the administration of the treatment and 2) seemingly siding with vaccine manufacturers rather than public health interests, the JCVI and the CSM appear to have signally failed their fiduciary duty to protect individuals from vaccines of questionable safety….’