#10 Dr. Pitcairn: would you inject a disease?

Have you ever thought of giving a vaccine as giving a disease? Dr. Pitcairn talks us through the logic and how we’ve been tricked into thinking that we are only helping our animals when we give a vaccine.

This helped Dr. Pitcairn discover the significance of vaccination in trying to cure his chronically ill patients many years ago. When they got well only to a point, he began to wonder if “vaccinosis” was at work (the illness that comes after a vaccine).

Does “giving the disease” by injection also explain why pets who’ve been injected with a killed rabies vaccine often change their behavior as well? Once content to be home, they now want to wander, or eat strange things, or seem more edgy or even downright aggressive.

You’ll see vaccines in a new light when you listen to this episode. With the understanding of Dr. Hahnemann’s homeopathy, so much more starts to make sense about how vaccination is anything but a benign procedure.

Links for this episode

Dr. Pitcairn’s website

The Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy

Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats

The interesting human book Dr. Pitcairn mentioned:
Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History

Stuck having to give a vaccine? You’ll want your animal’s immune system to be well-primed before and after the event. Our Canine Immune Complete does that better than anything we know of.

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  1. Carolyn Nunenkamp on March 18, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Stuck having to get a Rabies Vaccine…Yes
    I want Maggie’s immune system to be well-primed before and after
    the vaccine. (I adopted Maggie at age 10 and she is now age 14)
    Question: What product do you suggest for her immune system ?
    How many days before the vaccine and how many days
    after the vaccine? Thank you for your time Carol&Maggie.
    ASAP: I will need this information to place an order, and receive it
    and Maggie’s immune system to be well primed. 3-18-2021

    • Will Falconer, DVM on March 19, 2021 at 11:46 pm

      The Canine Immune Complete, linked in the show notes, is your best bet. And please don’t think you are up against a time table set by your vet. Cancel and reschedule the vacc appointment if you need to. After all, it’s not like immunity from the past vaccines is slowly draining away, like an emptying gas tank.

      Here’s the link once more for our top of the line immune support: https://vitalpethealth.com/product/canine-immune-complete/ Start a 3-5 days before vacc and continue daily use afterwards.

  2. Erin Long on January 12, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    This is a helpful answer. I suppose it’s on my mind more these days as my
    Kids work with animals at school, not horses but donkeys, sheep, cows and chickens. I do understand that the push for this is fear based, and it’s been a source of contention and fear from my kiddos dad. I am not as fearful at all, I am smart and think long and hard and see what the risks/alternatives are for these things.

    But I did and do wonder if the kids working at animal husbandry at school was a “risk” with no vaccine, I also wondered if it may be as they go to sleep away adventure camps this summer.

    OR is the risk really only when working with horses? What about the “rusty nail” or “deep puncture wound” talk? And then push if those happens you automatically need a tetanus shot?

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 16, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Living and working around livestock is more a risk, but it also takes a puncture wound to deliver the spores to a place they can grow, anaerobically. If I had grown up with homeopathic parents, I’d likely have been sent to camp with a vial of Ledum palustre 30C with instructions to take it if a puncture wound happened.

      You may want to read more self help homeopathy books as you make your decision. You have plenty of time to research further. Even better, see if you’ve got a homeopathic MD who you can work with. That’s family medicine at its best.

  3. Erin Long on January 11, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I wonder, what the stance on Tetanus vaccine is? I know we don’t give pets this vaccine, but we do give it to humans. I’m very interested to learn and hear more about if you both feel that this really is a necessary vaccine? Personally, I have not had a tetanus since childhood, or any other vaccine for that matter and I am 42! Plenty of family think I am being risky or judge me in other ways, but I have always felt strongly that getting a vaccine somehow could make me sick, if not now, the adjuvants could do damage I don’t know about. Still, they judge and think I am making an irresponsible choice.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on January 11, 2021 at 10:19 pm

      Glad to hear you’re thinking long and hard and not caving to social judgements, Erin. Tetanus has, like many vaccines, been oversold, and it’s largely based on fear. The truth from immunologists for decades has been that immunity, even though this is a toxoid and not a virus vaccine, is long. Last I’d heard, decades ago, was something on the order of 10-12 years.

      The other thing to consider is your relative risk of exposure, just like those with indoor cats evaluating their risk of rabies. Tetanus spores are soil borne, and often thrive in soil associated with horse manure. If that’s not a major part of your world, I’d not worry about getting tetanus.

      And finally, homeopathy has a history of both prevention and cure of tetanus with a remedy known to help puncture wounds of all kinds heal rapidly: ledum. You can search out those terms together for an interesting read.

      I’ve not had one since childhood, a “going to camp requirement,” and never renewed it as I worked with plenty of horses and cattle in my conventional practice days early on. No plans to ever get one again, either.

    • anna on April 15, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      this might be useful to you. i am 34, and i guess i have had this va ne when i was a child and since then never done it. recently i was advised by my gp to do it. and i asked for a titer. to her surprise the result was 10x higher than the minimal norm (they always have this on any blood work results. we came to a conclusion that i do not need this shot.

    • Tamara on November 18, 2023 at 10:38 am

      Hello Erin!
      Curiously, the tetanus vaccine is being recommended for all wounds now, but is used to be only for deep puncture wounds, especially from dirty or rusty objects. I heard Dr. Carrie Madeij speak of it a couple of years ago, perhaps her insight will interest you. On bitchute dot com

  4. Amanda Trefry on November 5, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Dr. Falconer,
    I agree with Dr. Pitcairn, but the law makes it so impossible for a pet parent to make the decision against vaccination (rabies) because boarding, doggie daycare, groomers, you name it require proof of vaccination. Our dogs have titer results for rabies, but if we want to take a long trip somewhere and can’t take 4 dogs with us, the boarding kennel will force us to get those rabies shots. I wish it were different!

    • Lisa on November 5, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Amanda, have you heard of trusted house sitters? It might be a good option for you. They have good reviews and people have to pay to be a member so it seems like most people are super responsible. I signed up recently to house sit when I’m visiting my children in Austin since I now live in Idaho.

    • Will Falconer, DVM on November 6, 2020 at 9:50 pm

      There are ways that make it possible, Amanda. In addition to Lisa’s idea (a good one), a holistic vet worth her salt can write you a waiver letter for a boarding or grooming shop. I did that frequently for my clients and had a 99% acceptance rate.

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