Children

Therapy

Children grow. Nature shows that growth depends on temperature. A beautiful warm summer will bring a good harvest. Watch your children. A growth spurt is accompanied by a rise in temperature or even fever. In medical practice you will find no other underlying cause but growth. I recommend to measure children before and after a period of elevated temperature. In fact it is fever that helps children grow.

Even if an infection proves to be the underlying cause of fever your child will have matured afterwards. The physician has to lead the child through a presumed infection to prevent more dangerous complications occurring during the course of the disease. Sometimes antibiotics have to be applied. However, in most cases treatment based on anthroposophical knowledge and experience will be sufficient. 

Diseases can be prevented. Children have to be kept warm, otherwise they might catch a cold. Remember, children use temperature to model their bodies. If parts of the body become cold there will be areas without the child´s attention in his body. Those particular areas cannot then be modelled. The outer world (e.g. germs) take over and the child will suffer from a cold. A rise in temperature will finally lead to reconstitution of health.

Recommended Reading: Robert S. Mendelsohn, How to raise a healthy child ... in spite of your doctor. Ballentine Books

Vaccination

In medicine there is an old principle: "primum non nocere". -  First do no harm. If a child falls sick one has to consider the pros and cons of a therapy, therefore. The risk of treatment must always be lower than the risk of the disease itself.

Taking that old principle into consideration we also have to think about vaccination. A healthy child is vaccinated against a disease the child eventually will never aquire. Moreover, it is questionable if vaccination will protect the individual child in case of a given disease. Thus vaccination is based on assumptions only. However, the old principle requires pure facts. 

Beware, there are side effects of vaccination. You will find these on the enclosed insert. Some are severe. 

It is the physician´s duty to inform the parents about possible side effects. He should tell the parents that a vaccination against measles does not necessarily mean that the child will not aquire measles.Vaccination ist not always immunization. After the introduction of the measles vaccination in the 60ies cases of measles in childhood declined. However, 10 years after, there was a shift from toddlers to older children with more complicated effects compared to measles in unvaccinated children.

In US federal states with mandatory vaccination prior to kindergarten 61 to 90 % of measles affected vaccinated children (Markowitz et al. 1988: New England Journal of Medicine; 320; 75 - 81). Thus, life long immunity can be expected only after a natural cause of measles. 

Liability is neither with the physician nor with the manufacturer but remains with the state or more precisely, the tax payer. Particularly, SSPE (subacute sclerosising panencephelitis) is named as a severe complication of measles to justify vaccination. The state commission recommended and hence the state has to pay. 

The list of unwanted side effects of the measles vaccination reminds us of the content of a Handbook of Neurology. Here you will meet SSPE again, however, as a sever side effect of measles vaccination among many others. 

The first case of SSPE was reported in 1968. The child died 18 months after vaccination (Schneck S.A., 1968: Vaccination with measles and central nervous system disease. Neurology, 18 (Part 2); 79 - 81). The Institute of Medicine (USA) reported in 1994 of 575 cases in the USA (Adverse Events Associated with Childhood Vaccines. Evidence Bearing on Causality; Washington, DC: National Academic Press 1994). SSPE declines as a complication of naturally aquired measles. SSPE as a severe side effect of the measles vaccination increases on the other hand. (Dyken et al 1989: Pediatric Neurology 1984; 5; 39 -341). They try to cast out devils by Beelzebub himself.

An outstanding survey on vaccination is provided by Randel Neustaedter, 2002: Vaccine Guide, North Atlantic Books, Berkely, Ca. The book by Wendy Lydall, 2009: Raising a Vaccine Free Child, Inkwaci Press can also be highly recommended.

I should like to point out that there is no mandatory vaccination in Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Spain. Parents in these countries are only confronted with recommendations of so called expert groups. Unfortunately, many physicians confuse these recommendations with fundamental (and intolerant) religious beliefs.