Australia is currently in the grip of a whooping cough epidemic. To stop its spread, health officials are calling for the vaccination of adults as well as children. But is large-scale vaccination the best solution? Not only is protection from the current vaccine short-lived and unreliable, but side-effects are common.
Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a highly contagious disease caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria. Worldwide, it causes about 300,000 deaths a year and leaves many surviving children with brain damage. Serious complications such as bleeding into the nose, eyes or brain, pneumonia, and hernias also occur.
The homeopathic approach to this problem offers a safe and sensible solution. Homeopathy has a two hundred year history of treating and preventing whooping cough without the risk of dangerous side-effects. It is so safe it can even be used as a second line of defense should a vaccine for whooping cough already have been given.
No two cases of whooping cough are exactly alike - the remedy needed by each sufferer will depend on their particular symptoms. Having said this, there are two remedies used more often than others for treatment of the early stage of whooping cough. For this reason, they are placed at the head of the list. They are Drosera and Pertussinum. These two remedies also prevent whooping cough, and can be used as part of a homeopathic immunization (homeoprophylaxis) program.
Many adults suffer whooping cough without realising it because of larger airways and so the common sound of the cough is not noticed.
See Return of Whooping Cough