by Umangini Desai, CCH, RSHOM (NA), BHMS, Ann Arbor, MI
It seems we cannot go anywhere these days without getting the push to get a flu shot – including your own living room — thanks to those new TV commercials shown on every break. Unfortunately, the media isn’t the only one encouraging us to get the shot this year.
Schools, workplaces, stores and pharmacies all now set up clinics providing free flu vaccines for all. Stores across the country offer store coupons as an incentive to get the vaccine there. The point is, we as a society, are constantly bombarded with the message that we NEED a flu shot. And not just that, we will be rewarded when we do.
This repetitive messaging seems to be working. It was interesting that during a cross-country carpool, all the children in my car were talking amongst themselves about the flu shot. The conversation went a little something like this:
Kid A: mentioned, “I have to get the flu shot – even though I don’t like it.”
Kid B: said, “I don’t get the flu shot, but my mom (a homeopath) gives me these tiny pills, and it should prevent the flu,and I’m glad that I don’t have to take the shot. ”
Kid A: said, “Really?? It couldn’t be, because you HAVE TO get the shot.”
Kid B: mentioned, “Well, ask my mom then.”
These are smart and curious kids, who understood my suggestions. Listening to that conversation between the kids inspired me to write this blog. I explained to the kids that you have to be responsible for having good hygiene, washing your hands, sleeping properly, hydrating regularly, and being positive –which will help with stress responses.
No matter where you stand on the flu shot, kids need to be educated that they have the ability to choose for their health. This is the message that should be bombarding our society. Instead, what are we ingraining in their brain? It is the scare tactic that they must get a flu shot.
So, what do I do to keep families healthy without the shot? Homeoprophylaxis. I discovered this protocol after my daughter had a bad reaction to one of the standard vaccines. It was out of FEAR of the infectious disease that I found the gem in my own therapy.
What is Homeoprophylaxis? Homeoprophylaxis has been used in underdeveloped countries with full success. Without going too deeply into the details, the goal of HP is to give the developing immune system a mild immunological stimulation. This can be done to educate the body towards a variety of infectious disease processes using homeopathic nosodes.
A nosode is a homeopathically attenuated, ultra-diluted preparation of a pure disease agent. Each child responds to this stimulation in her/his own way based on their unique susceptibility. A normal immune response can include fever, fussiness, and discharge based on the symptom characteristics of the nosode given.
As there is no actual disease agent in the nosode, it is normal for this mini-immunological expression of the general, innate immune system to pass on its own within 12-24 hours of taking the remedy. This immunological rehearsal, or education process, is what builds disease resistance.
Where can I find the correct nosode & HP for the flu? Every year,the new flu strains are identified and used by a homeopathic pharmacy that follows the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of he United States) and FDA rules to make a homeopathic remedy. The nosodes will usually be available by the 1st of the November each year.
Influenzinum is this homeopathic nosode, which can be used for education of the immune system. Its use should be supervised by certified classical homeopath who understand advanced homeopathy and homeoprophylaxis. This homeopathic remedy is made from the season’s inactivated influenza vaccine. This homeopathic preparation provides natural support to:
– strengthen the body and increase its resistance to the season’s flu viruses,
– protect against cold & flu symptoms such as body aches, nausea, chills, fever, headaches, sore throat, coughs, and congestion,
– enforce the flu vaccine’s action if you have opted for the flu shot,
– deal with aftereffects of the flu, and
– alleviate adverse effects of the flu shot