Cellar Yeti wrote:
Ok, I never researched that video, I had seen it years ago and used it as an example verses researching something. Still, I don't know how safe being injected with a living or dead strain of some virus is, especially when you have an immune deficiency. It's all internalized.
It's perfectly safe as long as you're _not_ immunodeficient. Vaccines have one of the longest and most robust records of safety and effectiveness in all of medicine. Many have been refined over decades of use. The incidence of harmful side effects is very, very low, and the reporting system is pretty comprehensive. And again, we don't have to depend on studies for most of them. We have many years of real world use to rely on.
The importance with respect to immunodeficiency is through herd immunity. Immunocompromised people, especially children, are at high risk for these diseases. The best way to protect them is by making sure the infections aren't in the population. Loss of herd immunity due to poor vaccination is what caused the pertussis epidemic in 2010 in California, and 10 infants died. There was a huge push for vaccination towards the end of the year, people listened, and 2011 saw no deaths at all.
Cellar Yeti wrote:
And with my shaman, I get suggestions on homeopathic remedies, diet, etc. I don't take medical advice from him, I take suggestions, and research and make educated decisions. I go to a Gastoenterologist once or twice a year for blood work, urinalysis, etc. I do the same with him, I take suggestions, research them, and make educated decisions.
I'm sorry, but I cannot believe you're making educated decisions when you mention homeopathy. Just as with acupuncture, the claimed results behind homeopathic remedies cannot be duplicated in research. There is absolutely no science or evidence behind it. Nothing at all. http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2007/ ... ncenews.g2
Quite the opposite, in fact. It can be mathematically shown that at common levels of homeopathic dilution, the solution is likely to contain not even a single molecule of the original "remedy." Serial dilution produces a geometric logarithmic concentration of the original substance. Or, from another point of view, an exponential increase in the solution volume for an constant amount of the original substance. Basically, a 200C dilution is the equivalent of diluting 1ml into a volume of water the size of the known universe. http://www.fasebj.org/content/20/11/1755.fullhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16165225
And it's not harmless. People are using homeopathic cures instead of actual medicine, and it's killing them. If all you need is a placebo, great. But if you need real medication, homeopathy is the same as using nothing at all. And buying into it, publicizing it, and recommending it is destructive. http://whatstheharm.net/homeopathy.html