Homeoprophylaxis aka HP- What the heck is that?
Anyone who has ever weathered and overcame a case of childhood chicken pox knows that a by-product of having the illness is the generation of antibodies and therefore immunity to that disease. If a person continues into adulthood while maintaining their health, it is highly unlikely that they will ever contract chicken pox again. In this case, the pathogen responsible for chicken pox helped educate the immune system so that the system now carries an internal map, if you will, to mitigate the pathogen should our example person ever cone in contact with it again. As a child of the 80s, I remember my mom trying to expose my siblings and I to other kids rumored to have chicken pox in the hopes that we would contract the illness early in life to create the necessary antibodies for immunity.
More than 200 years of HP- Long before Louis Pasteur or Edward Jenner, the fathers of modern vaccination practices, injected their unsuspecting animal and human subjects with their early vaccine concoctions, Samuel Hahnemann, the father of homeopathy, documented the use of the common homeopathic remedy, Belladonna, in the successful prevention of scarlet fever. This was the first case of the successful use of Homeoprophylaxis.
The process of HP- HP seeks to help the wisdom of the body recognize and know what to do with an offending pathogen. When the wisdom of our bodies encounters a pathogen, it generates one or number of immune responses depending on the physiological system the pathogen enters and disrupts. For example the pulmonary or digestive system may be disrupted by a pathogen. The body may produce a fever, mucus, vomit, etc. These symptoms are the body conducting its business of ridding itself of a pathogen. The body does what it needs to and illness runs its course when symptoms are not suppressed. Antibodies are created and immunity occurs when the body is allowed to satisfy the process of naturally acquired disease. HP seeks to help satisfy that process of naturally acquired disease.
In HP, a child is orally given a homeopathic remedy of the disease. A remedy is made through immense amounts of dilution and succusion, or “attenuation, so that no crude substance is left. Ultimately it is the imprint, or frequency, of the disease that is present and helps to educate the immune system. Rather than give an injection of the pertussis microbe incubated on animal material or otherwise, HP remedies are made from the “attenuations” of disease products like discharges and excretions from human beings who have resolved the disease themselves. In this way a developing immune system is given an energetic demonstration of the natural disease process and will therefore have a greater likelihood of knowing what to do if and when the individual encounters that disease in the world.
HP Schedule- HP follows the same major diseases that the current conventional medical model vaccinates against. Rather then receiving injections, a child receives multiple oral remedies in different potencies of the diseases according to a schedule focussing on one disease per month. The recommended program starts at one month of age and finishes at 44 months but can be started at other intervals if needed. The goal is to assist a healthy child in further developing immune functions to specific infectious diseases by school age. Homeoprophylaxis does not claim to eradicate infectious disease. We know that we share this world with many other organisms, some of them helpful to our development. Through proper sanitation, diet and living habits, HP is as effective, with less side effects, as conventional vaccination.
Resources- There is some great information about the efficacy of HP, more links are provided under the Links tab. Much of the information you see posted here is drawn from The Solution, a fabulous book written by HP mavens Kate Birch and Cilla Whatcott. Check out The Solution for a wonderful easy read about immunological development, our microscopic pathogen neighbors and see a great breakdown of the conventional medical view of disease alongside the homeopathic view of disease.
A wonderful and thoughtful organization researching HP, educating concerned parents, as well as the general populace about HP, and helping to make HP accessible across the world is Free and Healthy Children International. They are based here in the US and are steeped in the important work of compiling studies and giving a louder voice to those of us who have felt but do not have the “science” to prove that there are connections between the current onslaught of vaccines and the pervasive incidences of developmental delays, allergies etc. Free and Healthy Children International is collecting documentation to show that with HP, a child does not have to be relegated to the “typical” childhood issues, allergies and hurdles that are “mysteriously” becoming more and more common today.
Isaac Golden , the Australian homeopath has also pioneered the more widespread use of homeoprophylaxis. He researches natural immunization and sites several case studies of HP.
Knowledge about and desire for HP is growing. Find an HP trained professional homeopath in your area.