By Megan Dettloff-Meyer
The number of vaccinations given each year continues to rise. In 1980 kids received 8 doses of recommended vaccinations between birth and 2 years of age. Now they are recommended to receive 28 doses by the time they are 2 and 49 for 14 diseases by the time they are 6. If children follow this schedule you need to proactively support their body in detoxing from the heavy metals. If you do vaccinate, I suggest you look into alternative vaccination schedules, such as Dr. Sear's. This article is intended to provide information on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective on vaccinations and to spread the word that there are other options when it comes to preventing and fighting off communicable disease. Only you, the parent, can decide if you should or should not vaccinate your child. With the new rule proposed by the CDC to mandate vaccinations and other medical interventions as they deem appropriate (regardless of the patient's medical decisions and wishes), it is clear more conversation needs to happen around vaccinations. Other options are available. The beauty of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that it supports the health of your child either way, vaccinated or not.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Progression of Disease
To better understand the traditional Chinese medicine perspective on vaccines for children you need a little understanding of the natural progression of disease. Your body innately has four different levels of defenses to fight off disease:
Wei Level – initial defense against colds and flus
Vaccinations Target the Blood Level of Disease in TCM
Vaccinations inject pathogens directly to the Blood level and the body’s normal defenses are bypassed. Vaccines (which are manufactured with heavy metals and other chemicals) in the blood cross the blood-brain barrier and can be devastating to some. For infants and children who are healthy and strong, their immune systems can effectively manage the immunization process. However, for those whose immune systems are not up to the extra burden, this can shock the body and lead to short or long-term consequences.
Traditional Chinese Medicine to Support the Immune System
Before vaccinating your infant or child, it is recommended they see a Chinese Medicine practitioner (or other practitioner trained in supporting the immune system through the vaccination process) a few weeks beforehand. Depending on your child’s health, a series of treatments before vaccination may be advised. A treatment soon after receiving the shot is important. Stimulation of acupuncture points with massage, cold laser therapy, magnets, or needles and a Chinese herbal formula to support the immune system prepares the body for the Blood level attack. This combination is extremely effective in supporting the immune system and preventing adverse reactions to vaccines.
If you opt not to vaccinate your child, it is advised your child visit a TCM practitioner once every few months and more frequently during times of heightened disease or illness outbreaks. This will help the immune system stay strong and effectively fight off circulating pathogens. Herbs and other tools are important to have on hand and use at the first sign of sickness. With the recent attack against anti-vaxers, it is important to have an alternative holistic plan in place to support your little one against disease. A 2010 study available at the Kaohsiung Journal of Medicine. found that a commonly used Traditional Chinese Medicine formula, Yin Qiao San, "exerted the greatest therapeutic effect (against Influenza-A virus) in infected embryonated hen eggs and was significantly superior to ribavirin )" (a common anti-viral medicine).
If you would like more information on the pros and cons of vaccines for children from a Western Medicine perspective, I recommend The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears, which also contains a modified vaccine schedule.
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