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Dr Shoshana Scott

Response to CBC Market Place

Sunday, Dec 14 - 2014

As I listened to the Marketplace interview with Erica Johnson I thought about how i would respond if a mother or father came into my office concerned about vaccinating their child. 

I work in an busy integrated medical clinic in Victoria British Columbia  with 10 medical doctors, a midwife, clinical counsellor, clinical psychologist, energy worker, cranial sacral therapist, art and other complementary practitioners. I have worked at the clinic since 2010.

If you had come to my office, you might start by telling me you are just not sure what to do. You have heard from your family doctor that it is time to vaccinate your daughter. You have heard as well from various sources that vaccines may pose some risks.  You are very concerned and want to do the best for your child. You would like to know if Homeopathic medicines offer an alternative to vaccination? Can Homeopathy help to prevent these side effects? Are there certain vaccines that are safe and some that are not? Due to fact that I work in a medical clinic, you are hoping that I can provide a balanced perspective.  Or that doctor might be able to talk with you who has training in integrative medicine.

I generally start with the idea that most children who are vaccinated as far as we know don’t experience any side effects. Reduction of levels of fear generally allows for more logical decision making. I would also say that the physicians I work with are very well informed about vaccinations and vaccine ingredients.  One of the best places to discuss your concerns on a vaccine by vaccine basis is with them provided you have a good relationship with your family doctor.Another phenomenal resource is your local pharmacist. This will allow you and your doctor to screen your child for example, for a vaccine made with egg in it if your child has an egg allergy.

I have always thought there should be a good screening process before all children are vaccinated by testing whether  the antibodies or are already present in a child’s system, or previous reactions. One possible reason for an adverse reaction could be due to antibodies already present in the system due to previous exposure.

When the antigen hits the system the antibodies attack it and sometimes this can lead to auto immune complications. There should be much more research done into why certain children react adversely.

I would also say that all sides would agree that improving your child’s general health and resistance to disease is a good idea. I would then say that Homeopathy is a wonderful way to boost the immune system of your child naturally. Along with good sleep, nutrition, family life and general happiness.

Now here’s what we do to build up your child’s immune system. Prior to your appointment you have been sent an extensive 15 page questionnaire.The questionnaire asks about everything medical that has happened so far, a review of all the body systems, how was the birth the pregnancy, the genetic medical history,  all medications given.When you come in we discuss the any problems, the strengths and weaknesses (familial and personal) and, personality unique to your baby. in detail.

Homeopathy is a 200 year old system of medicine which was developed by a German medical doctor based on the principle of like cures like. To understand how it works, take the example of the common cold. If a child caught a cold in which his eyes and nose were streaming watery discharge and burning, he  would be given a tiny homeopathic,  or extremely diluted, dose of  a Homeopathic remedy made from the common onion. This would act almost like a tiny vaccine of the substance that produces the symptoms the child is suffering from, that is the burning eyes and running nose which result if you ingest or cut raw onion.

This stimulates the bodies own immune system to organize itself in such a way to fight the virus. Initially her nose will run more to flush out the virus which results in a quick, gentle and effective return to health. The nice thing is that Homeopathic medicines cannot produce side effects due to their high dilution and have no added ingredients.

Suppose the baby has small problems now. Maybe a cold along with  diaper rash and  teething. A homeopathic prescription is made to alleviate those problems Your baby’s unique manifestation of the common problems, such as one child will have warm rosy cheeks and a bright red diaper rash showing much inflammation. The other child will be throwing tantrums and need to be held as pain is the main issue. Different medicines are issued for each child. The former receives a homeopathic medicine where inflammation is the main issue, the latter a remedy that will soothe the nervous system of a child in pain. Homeopathy is individualized medicine,

A homeopathic treatment program with a few common Homeopathic remedies is designed for your baby. Homeopathic treatment is not long A few drops are giving for a few days, enough to stimulate the system to improve, then the medicine is stopped. That is because like a vaccine, it is actually the baby’s immune system that does the work. In the process of Homeopathic treatment for these small imbalances, the immune system is boosted.

We use these same medicines for treatment that we do preventatively. The Homeopathic remedies you give your child have been in use for over 200 years. These Homeopathic remedies  will  improve your child’s immune system, providing a preventative aspect to treatment. If the child does get sick, they will recover quickly due to their high functioning immune system.

I  like to give a good homeopathic program whether parents are going to immunize or not. The homeopathic program improves and readies the child’s immune system prior to the vaccine, corrects minor colds or flus so that they are well when they receive the vaccine. For babies who have come who have had questionable complications following a vaccine we have homeopathic medicines for conditions occurring after a vaccine.

At the end of the interview Erica expressed great concern that the public may be being mislead by homeopathic doctors who use sugar pills with basically no medicine in them. The medicines are made out of natural substances which undergo an intense preparation process which involves high dilution. To many people the high dilution is the best part of the medicine as there are no ingredients that can cause any side effects whatsoever in the medicines.

Also Homeopathy is used by over 5 million people worldwide and is integrated into the medical systems of some of the countries whole medical systems are rated mostly highly in the world including Germany France and Switzerland. In India there are over 250 homeopathic college and hospitals. This is because Mahatma Gandhi brought homeopathy to India and is quoted as saying that; Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying Homeopathy  is the most inexpensive and effective scientific system of medicine. Its outspoken advocates include the Royal Family David Beckham, Tina Turner, and Yehudi Menuhin.

Erica  also mentioned there are no scientific studies that have ever shown homeopathic medicine to be more effective than a placebo. Please refer to the following article listing the meta analysis of the double blind studies found in the Lancet, Paediatrics, the British Medical Journal among other respected medical journals. Or have a look at the partial list at the end of this letter.

Just to be clear, all my patients have a medical doctor who they see on a yearly basis or if they get sick they are sent to the medical doctor first for a diagnosis, check ups  and medical advice. This improves the safety for everyone. Do you see how it is no longer us versus them? In an integrated medical clinic it is all of us working together.

Yours Sincerely,

Dr Shoshana Scott DMS
Homeopathic Physician


Randomized double-blind and placebo-controlled studies that have been published in many of the best medical journals in the world have shown efficacy of homeopathic treatment for many common and serious health problems (below is a partial list of such studies):

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Frass, M; Dielacher, C; Linkesch, M; et al. "Influence of potassium dichromate on tracheal secretions in critically ill patients." Chest. March, 2005;127:936-941. The journal, Chest, is the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians.
  • Hayfever: Reilly, D; Taylor, M; McSharry, C; et al., "Is homoeopathy a placebo response? Controlled trial of homoeopathic potency, with pollen in hayfever as model." The Lancet. October 18, 1986, ii: 881-6.
  • Asthma: Reilly, D; Taylor, M; Beattie, N; et al., "Is evidence for homoeopathy reproducible?" Lancet. December 10, 1994, 344:1601-6.
  • Fibromyalgia: Bell, IR; Lewis II, DA; Brooks, AJ; et al. "Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo." Rheumatology. 2004:1111-5. This journal is the official journal of the British Society of Rheumatology.
  • Fibromyalgia: Fisher, P; Greenwood, A; Huskisson, EC; et al., "Effect of Homoeopathic Treatment on Fibrositis (Primary Fibromyalgia)," BMJ. 299(August 5, 1989):365-6.
  • Childhood diarrhea: Jacobs, J; Jimenez, LM; Gloyd, SS. "Treatment of acute childhood diarrhea with homeopathic medicine: a randomized clinical trial in Nicaragua." Pediatrics. May, 1994,93,5:719-25.
  • ADD/ADHD: Frei, H; Everts, R; von Ammon, K; Kaufmann, F; Walther, D; Hsu-Schmitz, SF; Collenberg, M; Fuhrer, K; Hassink, R; Steinlin, M; Thurneysen, A. "Homeopathic treatment of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled crossover trial." Eur J Pediatr. July 27,2005,164:758-767.


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