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Nosodes pt. 1

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    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Here is some great info written by my friend and colleague Dr. Susan Beal:

    Regarding the use of nosodes to “replace” conventional vaccinations, I
    feel that there are a couple of points that need to be made.

    Nosodes are classically used in healthy animals/people around the time
    of exposure to the disease in question. The nosode serves to induce an
    artificial medicinal disease in the patient, which replaces/fills the
    susceptibility the animal may have to the naturally occurring disease.
    The presence of the artificial disease induced by the nosode makes it
    difficult/impossible for the naturally occurring disease to take hold of
    the individual. It’s rather like the nosode filling the chink in the
    armour through which the naturally occurring disease would have entered.

    As such, nosodes are best used around the time of possible exposure
    to/greatest susceptibility to the disease is question. Their ability to
    protect the patient lasts as long as the artificial medicinal disease
    induced by the nosode is maintained in the patient – typically days to
    weeks rather than months to years per dose of nosode.

    Exposure to nosodes does not create titer because they do not elicit
    antigenic stimulation. There is also no evidence that maternal
    antibodies interfere with the action of nosodes, since the mechanism of
    action of nosodes is different than that of Ab/Ag response. However, the
    absence of titer in the use of nosode does not mean that the patient is
    not protected – provided the nosode has been used appropriately.

    For example, it may be appropriate to use a parvo nosode around the time
    and circumstance when the pup is most likely to be exposed to parvo.
    Nosodes have been used in kennel situations in which there has been a
    history of parvo outbreaks at a certain age. The nosode is administered
    a week or so before the historical onset of the outbreak and continued
    for several weeks after. The same can be said for the use of parvo
    nosode in regional outbreaks and around other situations of potential
    exposure (dog camps, shows, transport of groups of dogs,…)

    I do not think that the single study, oft quoted and misquoted, using
    parvo nosode and vaccine yielded results that can clearly be used to say
    that nosodes do not work or that nosodes offer less protection than does
    vaccination. I do think that if this particular study is going to be
    discussed, then we need to have a copy of the material (experimental
    protocol as well as results) in front of us before this study is further
    misinterpreted or misrepresented.

    Nosodes are not replacements for conventional vaccines per se,
    especially when they are used with the mindset that nosodes act like
    vaccines and/or are somehow safer than or better than vaccinations. The
    same cautions should be exercised when using nosodes as when using
    conventional immunizations – they are for use in healthy animals, there
    is little or no evidence to support their rote repetition at interval,
    and they can, and do, elicit adverse reactions in the recipient.

    Much has been written about homeoprophylaxis. In some circumstances it
    is appropriate to use nosodes, in others the genus epidemicus remedy (if
    identifiable) is most appropriate. However, the rote use of nosodes is
    not generally encouraged.

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