Vaccinations: What’s the “anti-science” perspective?

Becoming a parent forces you to participate in the age-old debate about child vaccinations. Family members may insist on the common sense behind vaccinations, and your friends might rant about the stupidity of rejecting science.

But how can you make an informed decision without hearing the other side of the argument? Moneybags journalist, Isabelle Coetzee, chats to Dr Vicki Compère, who’s a homeopath at the Centre for Holistic Health in Sandton, to find out about the reverse side of this perspective.

Compère, who has two children of her own, summarises her view by stating that the best disease prevention is to keep the body’s immune system naturally strong so it can fight off disease effectively.

She believes childhood illnesses helps the body cleanse itself and assists it in developing lifelong immunity to diseases.

“These illnesses play a vital role in the development of a strong and healthy immune system. Our bodies are designed to fight off illness and if given the opportunity will do just that in the majority of cases,” says Compère.

She acknowledges that many illnesses are both dangerous and life threatening, which can be very frightening – especially for parents.

“My question though, is do our immune systems stand a better chance of fighting these illnesses off with or without extensive vaccine protocols impacting them? Does an immune system that is used to overcoming illness itself, not respond better to conventional treatment when it is essential?”

“This is opposed to an immune system that has been bombarded with conventional medicine and vaccinations repeatedly, and may be less responsive to the treatment when it is given in emergencies?” asks Compère.

She insists that vaccination does not mean immunization, and that there are no proven assurances that the vaccine will protect a child from contracting an illness. Additionally, she points out that vaccine inducted immunity is not permanent, and the only true way to become immune to an illness is by contracting it and developing antibodies naturally.

Compère states that outbreaks of childhood illnesses occur in vaccinated groups, and that older children and adults become more susceptible to these diseases when the vaccines effect runs out – leaving them at risk of developing more serious symptoms they would have as a child.

“I see it as a great positive for children to contract chicken pox, mumps, measles or German measles. These illnesses are well managed with natural medication and have great benefits on the immune system’s development,” she says.

In terms of the more serious diseases, like meningitis, Compère believes that, although they might help against these illnesses, they cause more serious damage to the immune system and the body in the long run.

“These substances are carcinogenic and toxic for the body in the amounts they appear in vaccinations. It is a medical intervention performed on a healthy child that has the ability to injure or even cause the death of a child,” she explains.

“We also do not know what the impact on the immune system will be by introducing a micro-organism (alive or dead) into the body, bypassing the body’s natural immune response (normally through inhalation) by injecting it straight into the blood-stream,” she adds.

According to Compère, there is an absence of adequate scientific knowledge regarding the way vaccines interact with the human body on a molecular level. Many parents, including South African parents, have become sceptical about vaccinations and opted to refuse vaccinations on their children. In South Africa this is a constitutional right and it’s not required by law to vaccinate children.

“My repeated experience in practice is, although we live in a time of less acute illness and less childhood illness, do we actually have healthier children? The clear answer to me is no, when I see children weekly who are on chronic medications like antihistamines, cortisone nasal sprays, asthma pumps,” says Compère.

Compère believes we as parents make the best decisions we can for our children based on the information we have gathered and the research we have done.

“Is something we are doing compromising our children’s ability to fight off illness and regulate their immune responses themselves? Surely immune systems that are incapable of regulating at such a young age are creating adult bodies prone to much more serious immune dysregulation. Is this why cases of auto-immune diseases, and cancer are rising exponentially?” she asks.