Minimizing the impact of vaccines on your children (and yourself)
March 16, 2016
Being a naturopath people often ask my stance on vaccinations. It’s a question fraught with danger as it seems even slightly debating the current vaccination model in Australia is taboo.
Have we vaccinated our boy? Yes we have, although it wasn’t without lots of research, debate and tears! And I encourage all parents to actively research and seek a schedule with which they are comfortable. Overall my personal opinion is vaccinations have a place in society and we have a lot to be grateful for that our children are now at low risk of many frightening diseases. I do however believe we vaccinate too early, with too many combined viruses and I believe there should be options for parents to use single vaccines and select vaccinations which are relevant to that particular child rather than a one-size-fits-all policy.
So after we made the decision that Johnny would be vaccinated according to a schedule we wrote up in consultation with our doctor, the next thing on my agenda was to ensure that for each jab he received his little body would be primed to a) cope with the viruses, b) detoxify the other crap and c) be in a state which promotes healing and reduces risks of longer term effects. So far so good.
Here’s some ways to reduce the impact of vaccinations
1.Vaccinate when healthy. Vaccines put stress on the immune system so if your child is already under a viral or bacterial cloud wait another week to allow it to clear. If your child still has a residual snotty nose (which can seemingly last for weeks) that’s fine but definitely don’t vaccinate in the presence of a fever or in the acute stage of illness.
2. Prime the immune system. For the 5 days leading up to your appointment and for the week following support your child’s immunity. Vitamin A, C and Zinc are our major players here as well as probiotics.
-Vitamin A can be found in Cod Liver Oil, given in liquid form or if the child is older you can get small chewable capsules. Nordic Naturals are a good brand. Liver is also rich in Vitamin A. Buy Organic where possible, freeze it and then grate some into egg dishes, pasta sauce or stews.
-Vitamin C and Zinc can be found in numerous powder forms, mix it into yoghurt or juice at a dosage of 150mg Vit C per day for infants to 250mg for toddlers. Alternatively these vitamin do pass through the breastmilk the mother requiring 1000mg 3x daily.
3. Probiotics. The good bacteria here play a vital role in supporting immunity and reducing inflammation. Inner health Plus for Kids is great and available at pharmacies and healthfood shops. These are safe for all ages from birth and very easy to administer.
4. Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Namely in Fish Oil/ Cod Liver Oil, omega 3 will help reduce inflammation which will lessen the likelihood of side effects to the vaccine. Breast feeding mothers can take fish oil capsules and the omega 3 oil will transfer to the baby, otherwise fish oil can be given in liquid form and is usually flavoured for convenience. With fish oil there is variance in quality and you get what you pay for… Ethical Nutrients, Bioceuticals or Nordic Naturals are good brands.
5. Detoxifying and anti-inflammatory foods. Namely turmeric, coriander and parsley. Add these super foods to juices, egg dishes, stews, rice etc… as often and in as much quantity as you can!
As well as the above methods you may like to treat your child to a Magnesium Chloride bath (different to Epsom salts) A magnesium bath on the evening of their vaccination will help calm and relax your child, improve sleep, reduce aches and pains and gently encourage detoxification. Look for Ancient Mineral Salts or Magnesium Power Flakes in your healthfood store.
Employing these practices gave me confidence that I was doing everything in my power to reduce the impact of vaccines on my child, it reduces the guilt and anxiety I feel at every appointment and it gives me a sense of power in a situation where I feel otherwise powerless. I hope it helps others too.