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You are viewing: H4H Monographs - Immunisation - Level 2
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July 09
H4H Monographs 
Immunisation

The Immune System
is a complex network of specialized cells and organs that is specifically designated to defend the body against attacks by "foreign" invaders and fight off infections by antigens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. To perform this function it displays remarkable characteristics and can distinguish between "healthy cells" and "diseased cells" It is also able to remember previous experiences through specialised memory cells which remain primed and ready to provide an immediate response should re-infection occur.

The Definition of Immunity
could be stated as the level of security against infection from a particular disease or to the toxic effect of antigenic substances. The mechanisms of immunity are essentially concerned with the body's ability to recognize and dispose of substances which it interprets as foreign and harmful to its well-being. When such a substance enters the body, complex chemical and mechanical activities are set into motion to defend and protect the body's cells and tissues.

The Level of Natural Immunity of any individual is the sum total of all the mechanisms of immune protection provided by that body including those of physical, inflammatory, humoural and cellular immunity.

Immune Protection Mechanisms
are provided by the body at four levels.
- Physical immune protection (skin, gastric juices and mucus membranes)
- Inflammatory immune protection (fever, rash, cough etc)
- Humoural immune protection provided by lymphocyte B cells and
- Cellular immune protection provided by lymphocyte T cells.

Humoural Immunity
is that part of the bodys disease resistance mechanism which is produced in the bone marrow by Lymphocyte B cells (a type of white blood cell). It exerts its effect through globular proteins called antibodies (or Immunoglobulins) of which there are four main types IgM (the primary response antibody), IgG (the secondary response antibody), IgA (antibody associated with the digestive and respiratory systems) and IgE (antibody involved in allergic response). These antibodies operate in the bodys extracellular fluids (outside of the cell) which include blood plasma and lymph. . When a B cell encounters an invading antigen it starts to divide, forming two different types of cell. One type is a clone of itself that begins to produce antibodies to fight the infection; the other is a memory cell that will persist in the bloodstream, ready to produce antibodies should re-infection occur.
 

Cellular Immunity
is that part of the bodys disease resistance mechanism which is produced in the Thymus by Lymphocyte T cells (another type of white blood cell). When a T cell encounters an invading antigen it begins to divide, forming four different types of T cell, each with a different function. There is the Natural Killer T cells (NK cells) which destroys cells that have already become infected. Secondly there are two types of Helper T cells one of which activates more NK cells and another type which stimulates B cells to begin antibody production (unlike B cells, T cells do not produce antibodies to destroy invading pathogens). Thirdly there are Suppressor T cells which protect healthy cells from viral attack and finally Memory T cells which persist to guard against re-infection. The controlling action of lymphocyte T cells takes place within the cell itself hence the name Cellular immunity.

Conventional Vaccination
Before Conventional Vaccination became available the only way to create immunity in the body was for the individual to endure a bout of the disease in question. Once experienced, the immune systems Memory cells created as a result of the infection, can fight off any future challenge.

With the advent of vaccines a similar effect could be produced without making the patient suffer through the disease. The introduction of an antigen into the bloodstream in a controlled manner, stimulated B-cells into action, thus creating antibodies which in turn provided the body with protection.

Various strategies are used to ensure the controlled nature of the dose. Some methos involve antigens which are attenuated (ie made less strong), others use dead or killed antigens whilst still others use sterilised antigens (ie rendered incapable of reproduction), yet others use segmented antigens (ie only a few cells from the antigen are used) while in the some cases the toxin produced by the antigen is used and not the antigen itself.

Concerns of Conventional Vaccination
primarily centre around its manner of administration. Because the vaccine is introduced directly into the blood stream it excites mainly B cells at the neglect of the T cells. Consequently its immunsation effect is essentially humoural with little or no cellular effect. Also there is a question as to its effectiveness in terms of creating Memory cells. As we have already seen, Helper T cells are required to trigger B cell antibody activity. If T cell activity is not excited then the trigger activity of Helper T cells on B cell activity is likely to be in deficit. This is further evidenced by the fact that the recommended number of vaccination doses is continuously being increased. This should not be the case if Memory cell activity is adequate.

Homeopathic Immunisation
involves the preparation of antigens using Potenisation and Succussion. Potentisation is a process whereby the antigen is diluted to the point where no original molecule of the antigen solute remains in the solvent. This ensures complete safety in that disease transmission is impossible. At the same time Succussion is a process whereby the antigens energetic footprint is transferred to the solvent where it is available to initiate the process of immunisation by exciting both B cell and T cell activity. Homeopathic Immunisation results in the stimulation of both Humoural and Cellular activity and is completely safe as a result of its unique potentisation process. Additionally the method of administration is by means of a pleasant tasting oral pill/tab (thus avoiding the concern of direct injection) and also it is usually administered at home weekly or fortnightly thus not placing such a reliance on Memory cell activity.

Should I use Conventional Vaccination
or Homeopathic Immunisation?

This is a very often asked question. My answer depends on the patient.
If the patient has concerns with Conventional Vaccination then the Homeopathic Immunisation route provides an effective and safe alternative
If the patient has no concerns with Conventional vaccination then why not use Homeopathic Immunisation as a Complementary therapy to the Conventional and get the best of both worlds with B cell (Humoural) and and T cell (Cellular) immunisatioin.

For further information
in order to make a fully informed choice contact

Dr. Peter Darashah

Ph.D.,M.Sc (Lond), B.Sc., DIHom (Pract),FBIH, MARH

Nutrition Consultant & Homeopathic Physician

(087) 2621943

Consultations held at :-

The Natural Health Centre, 34 Princes Str.,Cork.

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