24 May, 2013

Essential Oils and Vaccinations: For Those Who Decide to Vaccinate or Not

Sometimes after I finish teaching a doTERRA class a mom pulls me aside or calls me a week later to ask my opinion on vaccines. This topic is so controversial, no one wants to bring it up for a class discussion. We feel guilt for giving vaccines or not giving vaccines. We can feel pressure from both directions, and there are so many myths on both sides of the argument and scary truths that have been swept under the rug. This is really the most difficult decision my husband and I have faced as parents thus far, and I always encourage other parents to do their own extensive research, pray, and make the decision on their own, not because of pressure one way or the other.

Last night I attended a class on the topic taught by Betsy Holmes, a well-researched mom and doTERRA expert. She also invited Susan Purdy, R.N. (who recently retired from OSU after 31 years) to speak on her experiences with vaccinations in a traditional medical setting. The class was so beneficial for me and I would like to highlight some of what I learned, but if you ever have an opportunity to attend one of their classes yourself, I highly recommend it! It was a two hour class and I can't possibly cover everything discussed, but here are some of the points I think will be most helpful to you.

Betsy opened with a brief introduction to the many essential oils that can serve as natural medicine. If you are unfamiliar with essential oils, visit my "Intro to Essential Oils" section. She also quickly ran through the history of vaccinations which date back to the fifth century B.C., and are an attempt to prevent or reduce illness.

One thing Betsy was very clear to highlight was the seriousness of disease, citing the smallpox epidemic that wiped out 60 million people between the late 17th and 18th centuries. This is why governments throughout the world have overseers of public health. In the U.S. we have the CDC. The World Health Organization serves international matters of public health. Here in Delaware, Ohio the health department has billboards around town encouraging exercise, healthy eating and "immunizations" (which, in my opinion, is a misnomer for vaccinations since we can still catch an illness even if we have received the vaccination for it.) 

Our immune systems are complex and wonderful systems designed to keep us well. Sanitation, exercise and a healthy diet (see more about this here) give our immune systems the opportunity to function as they should. Our immune systems can also be weakened through trauma, stress, dietary changes, PH imbalance, and many other factors. When we use an essential oil we are using a plant's immune system to work with our immune system to fight or prevent illness. 

What is in a vaccine? Before you or your child are vaccinated, you can read the ingredients of each vaccine on the CDC's website. On a personal note, I was pressured into getting the DTaP vaccine in the third trimester of my pregnancy and went blindly into it, despite the nagging feeling of dread in my gut. If I had read the ingredients I would not have put it into my body. Fortunately, I didn't experience any adverse side-effects, but I also use the doTERRA oils that would treat tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Here is the list of ingredients of one version of DTAP from the CDC website:

DTaP (Tripedia)
sodium phosphate, peptone, bovine extract (U.S. sourced), formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, aluminum potassium sulfate, thimerosal (trace), gelatin, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80), modified Mueller and Miller medium, modified Stainer-Scholte medium

This is the version commonly administered to infants and children: 

DTaP-IPV/Hib (Pentacel)
aluminum phosphate, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, gutaraldehyde, bovine serum albumin, 2-phenoxethanol, neomycin, polymyxin B sulfate, Mueller’s Growth Medium, Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion), Stainer-Scholte medium (modified by the addition of casamino acids and dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin), MRC-5 (human diploid) cells, CMRL 1969 medium (supplemented with calf serum).

If you aren't sure what these ingredients are, doesn't the list at least make you want to learn more?! Formaldehyde may sound familiar, and the thimerosal is one of the controversial ingredients (mercury). Some of the other additives are also neurotoxins. 

On the standard vaccine schedule children will receive 115 vaccine antigens from birth to age two. 
These vaccinations are not our only defense against illness. Here are some other options:

Essential oils can kill viruses and drug-resistant bacteria. They can also help our immune systems prepare to fight pathogens. 

Sanitation: By keeping our hands and homes clean, we are taking one of the best measures of defense. I recommend doTERRA's OnGuard products because they fight harmful pathogens without destroying the beneficial bacteria. Here is an in-depth article about cutting-edge research on the colonies of micobes in our bodies we don't see.

OnGuard Defeats H1N1
You may have also read about the recent recall of the H1N1 vaccine in Australia after many patients who received the vaccine experienced severe adverse side-effects. Independent testing of doTERRA's OnGuard Essential Oil showed that it destroys the protein in H1N1 which prevents the virus from replicating. If the virus can't replicate, your immune system can fight it off!  

OnGuard toothpaste: fights harmful microbes in your mouth. Adheres to doTERRA's "none of the bad" philosophy and is safe for children. 

OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate: use for all household cleaning to fight harmful pathogens without destroying the beneficial colonization (see NY Times article cited above). I use this every day, have shared it with friends and am still using the bottle I ordered about six months ago. A little bit goes a very long way!

OnGuard Throat Lozenges: I give one of these to my husband each time he travels as he used to catch colds after flying, but hasn't had one since we've been using them. A skeptical friend of mine became a believer after she felt a cold coming on. She used one lozenge in the morning and one in the evening and her symptoms went away entirely! 

OnGuard Foaming Handwash: Better than antibacterial soaps, again, for killing harmful pathogens on your hands without getting rid of the good microbes your body needs to stay healthy. 

doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation
doTERRA's philanthropic arm (Healing Hands Foundation) sent Peppermint Essential Oil to Japan after the tsunami to help those who were exposed to radiation.

doTERRA Lemon was used in Haiti after the earthquake for patients who were waiting to have limbs amputated because of tetanus. The Lemon healed the infected limbs and saved the patients from surgery!

doTERRA's Oregano is a very powerful, natural antibiotic and can kill viruses and bacteria. Plus, your body won't build a resistance to it as it can with traditional antibiotics.

doTERRA's Melaleuca has been shown to kill MRSA--not even bleach can do that! 

Oils to use if you decide to vaccinate:  

Lavender on injection site pain.
OnGuard starting one month before vaccines to build immune system.
Lemon in water to help protect the brain from neurotoxins. 
DigestZen to ease "tummy trouble" following vaccines.
Breathe Essential Oil Blend to open airways following vaccines. 
Cilantro Essential Oil to rid the body of heavy metal toxins contained in vaccines.

Before you vaccinate, also consider reducing toxic load by decreasing environmental toxins from conventional household cleaners, synthetic personal care products and processed foods. 

My aim with this post isn't to persuade you to not vaccinate, but rather for you to take ownership of the decision through research, reading, and prayer. 

Here are some books Betsy cited in her class:

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide by Aviva Romm
Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective? by Neil Z. Miller
The Auto Immune Epidemic by Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Modern Essentials available at aromatools.com 

And websites: