In Response to the Article: “Vaccine Conspiracy Bad Science Fiction” printed Friday, Nov. 6th/09, CR Mirror
The article “Vaccine Conspiracy Bad Science fiction” in the November 6th paper deeply offended me, as I am sure countless others. With his remarks comparing alternative health practitioners to “the lizard people,” Mr. Warkentin categorized natural health practitioners as “quacks” and has brought the natural health field steps backward with his judgments and categorizations. I myself come from a scientific background, first studying veterinary medicine and have equivalent to associates degree in courses such as organic chemistry, advanced biology and so on, and I do understand the science behind the biology of disease. There are many other practitioners like me, some who are doctors, nurses, RMTs, who wanted to extend their realm of knowledge, finding that western medicine (being really only approximately 1 century old) is missing so many key elements present in alternative or traditional methods of healing.
Before entering the realm of natural healing, through the modalities of diet, acupressure, etc, I too was skeptical. Even with my background in science, I truly realized and accepted the absolute ability of many alternative health practices to transform health in a way that I have never imagined. Let the individual choose whether “magic water” is their cure or not. This amounts to the same idea as using placebos in western medicine – which, have been shown in many cases, to be as effective as the actual drug tested.
It is up each individual to choose, for example whether they will be receiving the H1N1 vaccination. Those in the alternative health field have the same code of ethics as those studying western philosophy, which includes “Do No Harm.” This includes not pushing their opinion on another, or pushing any sort of treatment. And so I don’t agree with anyone, whether they are medical doctors or involved in traditional healing, pushing their opinion on anyone. I would suggest that people use their common sense and God-given intuition to make decisions regarding their health, instead of believing every internet publication or article that they read. Much alternative medicine dates back thousands of years, and is actually quite interconnected to Western (modern) medicine. Although I believe both western and Eastern methods of healing to be essential, since the dawn of time, natural cures have been utilized (natural essentially meaning existing in nature). Even the symbol of the two intertwined snakes that we use today in our medical system have roots in ancient healing. I tend to wonder if the author of the above article has ever received some of the very effective and authentic treatments of a holistic nature. My point is that although Mr. Warkentin is entitled to his opinion about natural health and the media surrounding it, it is very damaging to make generalizations such as those that he has made, or even to write such a broad article on topics which he does not have full understanding. Yes, be critical of his, all articles and media. This is what sets us apart as human beings, having a brain that is able to rationalize. Trust in yourself to find what is true. Whether you decide to take the H1N1 vaccine or not, that is your choice. I personally have no judgments about that either way. Here is further information regarding H1N1 from Dr. Ingrid Pincott:
“With all the hype of the H1N1 flu going around I just want to remind you that we have two wonderful remedies that do really help. Oscillococcinum when taken at 6 doses per day for several days really wipes out even the most severe flu symptoms within 24 hours. Also Optibiostim is our strongest natural antibiotic formula and, when taken as I suggest, really does help get rid of colds and flu’s within one week! Avoid long protracted symptoms and avoid antibiotics with these two great remedies!”
Marina Gruen is a Certified Holistic practitioner (CHHP) and Oriental Bodywork therapist.