The Interrelationship of Vaccinations, Vital
Force and Remedy Action
by Larry A. Bernstein, V.M.D.
To understand the subject of vaccinations from the
homeopathic standpoint, it is important to remember the concept that the vital force is
the overall controlling element in the body's quest for health. When that vital force is
strong, it can fight off insults and attacks. It can exhibit strong symptom pictures that
can be addressed homeopathically.
When the vital force is weak, the animal may appear to be
"healthy" but lack the ability to show the symptoms of its deeper imbalances.
That is why the "never had any problems before" pet suddenly seems to have a
major problem like cancer of the liver. This is because the vital force was too weak to
show symptoms on the outside of the body (or we either did not recognize them or
suppressed them). If we use the analogy of the weather system imbalance that
"balances" itself by creating thunder and lightening, we can see why an
imbalance in the central controlling force of the body would show symptoms. That is how it
copes. When we forbid those symptoms (examples might be prednisone for a skin rash and
antibiotics for a bladder problem), we cause the vital force to retreat. It still needs to
"balance" itself so it does it on a deeper level. This can be on the internal
organs or on an emotional level.
When you treat with a homeopathic remedy that matches the
symptoms the pet is exhibiting, it causes the body to fight harder and allows the vital
force to balance itself. It does this by displacing the actual disease state with a
stronger "pretend" state. This says to the body "Hey, Fight This !) and the
body does. Since this pretend or artificial state only lasts a short time, it only acts as
a trigger to start the body healing itself. A jump start, so to speak.
It is a lot like a vaccination but vaccinating sets up a
permanent disease state that prevents the body from getting that specific disease (since
it "already has it") but weakens the vital force when it comes to everything
else. A remedy displaces the disease with an artificial imprint of the disease for a short
time while the body starts to mount its own response. The difference is subtle but it is
there. I think about it like when we give a Bloodhound the smell of what we want it to
track. The dog is the body's energy. The scent is the remedy and the fugitive is the
actual symptoms. We give it a scent and turn it loose."
You might have heard of vaccination nosodes as a
homeopathic way of vaccinating. Nosodes are homeopathic preparations of actual disease
tissue. When nosodes are used in veterinary medicine as a substitute for vaccines they are
not being used to actually improve the health of the animal as in the case of using a
remedy to stimulate the vital force; rather they are being used to block the effects of
concurrently used vaccines or to block the "receptor sites" of the vital force
to that disease agent.
A much better way is to improve the health of the animal
through the use of deep (or "constitutional) treatment to allow the animal to fight
the disease more effectively should they encounter it later on. The idea of using nosodes
in place of vaccines is a hold over from the idea of how vaccines work. This is a way of
sitting on the fence between holding on to the idea that vaccines are needed to prevent
disease and the use of Homeopathy to truly raise the level of health enough to prevent
disease. This is a scary place to be! It can be difficult to have that much faith in the
use of Homeopathic medicines.
To make it a little easier, try to obtain some information
on the true level of effectiveness of the vaccines that are currently in use today.
Contact the manufacturer for their studies and look at the conclusions drawn from the
scanty data. Many people are under the assumption that an animal is protected against a
disease because it has been vaccinated. Only a percent of animals are protected, and that
number isn't too high with some of the available vaccines. Please understand that your dog
doesn't get 80% Parvo disease, for example. He either gets it or he doesn't. A statement
of 80% protection means that 20 dogs out of a hundred may get the disease even though they
have been given the vaccine. You will also be quite surprised to see how few animals are
used in the original studies to obtain approval for wholesale use of the vaccine in the
We tend to subscribe to the idea that vaccines are
effective because we have been told for so long that it is so. But just because a
statement is repeated over and over doesn't make it true. If you insist on vaccinating for
anything other than rabies (if it is the law) then some homeopaths will prefer not to
treat your pet as it creates an obstacle to cure. Others will work with you and make use
of specific remedies that help mitigate some of the ill effects of vaccines on the vital
force. I hope this has helped to clarify my views on the vaccine question. Ultimately it
is your decision as the human companion as to whether or not you vaccinate, feed
correctly, treat homeopathically and become a keen observer, ready to intervene if a
problem does develop. I will leave you with a story about one of my own pets to