In December's Holistic Health column, homeopathic doctor Molly Graham discusses vaccinations and encourages people to educate themselves about the potential risks involved in this method of disease prevention. Below are links to online resources, and a book list.
Books A Shot in the Dark: Why the P in the DPT Vaccination May be Hazardous to Your Child's Health
By Harris Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher: Garden City, N.Y.: Avery Publishing Group, Inc., 1985
Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality: the Medical Assault on the American Brain
By Harris Coulter: Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1990
How to Raise a Healthy Child...In Spite of Your Doctor: Chicago, Contemporary Books, 1984
Vaccination: 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows that Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System By Vera Schreibner: New Atlantean Press, 1993
Vaccination? A Review of Risks and Alternatives
By Isaac Golden: 5th Edition; National Library, Canberra
Homeopathic Doctor Molly Graham Answers Your Health Questions
Just under a year ago, Downhome introduced the Holistic Health column. Our goal was to share with readers more information about medical and health practices, and create a broader awareness of the choices we have for leading healthier lives.
With the January 2007 issue, we began with a series of six essays by Molly Graham, a homeopathic doctor who practices in St. John's. Readers of the column have written in with questions; here are Molly's responses to three of them.
Q: In your August 2007 column, you wrote that Louis Pasteur was mistaken to believe that blood is sterile. Has advanced medicine not proven this to be true? If our blood is not sterile, then why do we experience septicemia (blood poisoning) when it becomes contaminated?
A: Pasteur, on his deathbed, recanted by saying: "The microbe (germ) is nothing, the terrain is everything." By terrain he meant the body's internal environment; a poor "terrain" is often the underlying cause of chronic disease, and may make one more susceptible to external germs. Pasteur's germ theory is challenged by the work of another scientist of the same era, Antoine Bechamps, who observed that we have microorganisms living in our blood. These are benign or possibly helpful in a healthy person. But when the body is stressed (physically or emotionally), these microorganisms morph into pathogenic bacterial or fungal forms in a process described as pleomorphic. Bechamps' discovery and early work has been furthered by Dr. Guenther Enderlein, Gaston Naessans, Dr. Maria Bleker and others using dark-field microscopes, which allow the pleomorphic process to be observed.
Q: I am looking for a natural supplement for PMS. I am presently taking Detrol LA and Elmiron for my bladder. I also take 100 mg of vitamin B6 per day to prevent migraines. My PMS symptoms are very severe. I've been offered birth control patches from my doctor, but I am not comfortable with that approach; because of my migraines I have been told to stay away from birth control medication. I am a 45-year-old woman and have regular menses.
A: Both headaches and PMS symptoms are physical signs that you may have deeper underlying health issues that need to be addressed. Simply taking suppressive drugs and synthetic hormones will not cure these problems because the causes are still present. Start off simply with a good regimen to detoxify the body, which should bring some relief. Address your nutrition right away; see my Downhome columns from February and April 2007 for tips. Reducing lifestyle and emotional stresses in your life would be a great help as well. The best option is to see someone trained in Heilkunst, who could take a comprehensive look at the causes and recommend an appropriate course of remediation (learn more at www.heilkunst.com).
Q: Do you have solutions to rosacea?
A: There is no quick treatment for rosacea. It is a condition characterized by red patches of skin on the face caused by a weakening of the blood vessels that, in my experience, is usually a result of internal fungal development. This can happen when someone is stressed, either physically (from poor nutrition, digestion, lifestyle or exposure to toxins) or emotionally (from trauma, stressful work or unpleasant personal life). Sweets and refined carbohydrates feed fungal organisms, so they should be avoided (including too much fruit). A proper diet for your blood type is also helpful, but the underlying causes must be addressed.
Holistic Health will return in 2008 under the new name. It will include contributions from practitioners of different areas of medicine such as massage therapy, nutrition etc.