Immunisation and Natural Health

The debate rages on. Every new parent in the Western world is faced with a choice early on. Do I immunise my baby or not? And ultimately, the choice is that of the parents and needs to be made from an informed position that is considered, pondered over and if you are anything like me, thoroughly researched.

So… what can you do?
Research, research and more research!

Read, study and make sure your decision about immunisation is yours and founded on a centred approach that is grounded in all the facts at your disposal.

While many people and organisations tout immunisation as the way to go for your infant and children, others have a less favourable view. The Australian government is an advocate and supporter and has even set up the Immunise Australia programme and website, which highlights all you need to know about a pro-immunisation stance.[1]

It also includes some research on immunisation risks and danger, but is mostly encouraging of a national and broad-sweeping approach to immunisation and diseases, stating that it is “a simple, safe and effective way of protecting people against harmful diseases before they come into contact with them in the community. Immunisation not only protects individuals, but also others in the community, by reducing the spread of disease.”[2]

The Australian Government’s National Immunisation Programme currently caters for immunisation against 16 contagious diseases, including:

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis
  • Rubella
  • Chicken Pox
  • Meningococcal Disease
  • Diphtheria

Natural Health Alternatives

In spite of the popularity of immunisation, there are still many detractors and critics of national immunisation programmes. Some health care practitioners advocate strongly against the use of any immunisations, stating that these substances are not properly studied for toxicity.[3] Dr. James Howenstine is one such Medical Practitioner who no longer espouses immunisation and believes that natural remedies may be a healthier alternative to managing disease and illness. In his book, “A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work,” and in his article, “Why You should Avoid Taking Vaccines,” Howenstine maintains that “ in his opinion there is overwhelming evidence that vaccines are dangerous and the only reason for their existence is to increase profits of pharmaceutical firms.” [4]

His core view is that much of the efficacy labelled at vaccination is in fact a result of improved health care, sanitisation and living conditions for people in the Twentieth Century: “Much of the success attributed to vaccination programs may actually have been due to improvement in public health related to water quality and sanitation, less crowded living conditions, better nutrition, and higher standards of living.”[5]

Your Choice

Regardless of where you actually end up in the debate, and which proverbial side of the fence you are on, the single most important approach you can take to the issue is to thoroughly research the pros and cons of the Immunisation issue so that your decision as a parent is an informed one.

Know for yourself that your decision is founded upon a reading of information and research from the Pro and the Anti Immunisation sectors.

By doing this, you can make your decision and sleep well at night, knowing you have done everything you can to find out about this contentious issue.


[1] http://immunise.health.gov.au/

[2] http://immunise.health.gov.au/

[3] http://vaccinedangers.com.au/2011/08/dr-james-howenstine-research/

[4] http://educate-yourself.org/vcd/howensteinwhyyoushouldavoidvaccines03feb07.shtml

[5] Ibid.