Do we need vaccinating?..

I recently pitched this to the UK magazine, Wanderlust – for the “Travel Rant” page. It is now due to appear on the Letters page instead so I think I’m safe to reproduce it here:

Vaccination is big, big business. The pharmaceutical industry – a consummate master at making money – tells us that we need protecting from diseases. This is why travel articles repeatedly contain sidebars listing recommended jabs.

Of course they do; we all love hopscotching around the globe, and our health shouldn’t be compromised. But does the average traveller know what makes up a West Nile virus vaccine? Or yellow fever or typhoid?

Even a simple tetanus jab is laced with nastiness. It comprises – among other ingredients – aluminium phosphate, formaldehyde and thimerosal medium (49% mercury). These toxic medicines are being introduced directly into our bloodstreams, bypassing the body’s natural defence mechanisms. And are these vaccines even effective?

Conventional medical opinion argues that they are. In fact, those of us questioning the norm are often shot down in flames, labelled as witch doctors peddling evil heresies. But has the recent fiasco of swine flu not given rise to some doubts in the most conservative among us? The uptake of the recommended vaccination has been far lower than the government expected.

Highlighting skulduggery among powerful drugs companies isn’t my aim. But I am advocating that travellers think for themselves. Have you looked at the alternatives to vaccination? Yes, you may have to show a yellow fever certificate occasionally, but inoculations are mostly recommended, not mandatory.

Take Zanzibar, for example, currently in the limelight in Wanderlust. Last time I visited this idyllic island I was warned that the ship’s doctor would need to see my Yellow Fever certificate. So I bought one on the docks prior to sailing from mainland Tanzania – no jab needed, thank you very much.

Natural immunity is the key to protecting ourselves; simply being in good health is the best barrier to disease. Ways to reduce the risk of infection are: good nutrition (avoid toxins wherever possible), and avoiding antibiotics/vaccinations (these damage the immune system).

However, the best way to strengthen the immune system is to be under constitutional treatment from a qualified homoeopath. Otherwise, you can purchase a kit of travel remedies, taking care to carefully read the accompanying notes on how they should be taken and stored. The kits are available from

I would urge readers to take a look at Researcher, Stephen Ransom, writes here about the damage that vaccination (as a principle, rather than individual vaccines) can do to our health. For information on the homoeopathic approach, please email – she’s my mum so be nice. Let’s stay healthy and focus on the travelling..


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