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Why Are So Many People Getting Shingles?

Terry Bradshaw hawking the Shingles vaccine.

Terry Bradshaw hawking the Shingles vaccine.

With the NFL Season coming to a close, it could be a few months before you get to see Terry Bradshaw hawking the Shingles Vaccine.  But no worries, someone else will replace him, someone appropriate to whatever is on TV.

The Shingles Vaccine, also called ZostaVax, is manufactured by Merck.  It was not very successful early on.  There were production problems and they were also using their resources, pushing their Chicken Pox vaccine.  It is supposedly 51% effective in people 60 – 69 years of age and 70% effective in 50 – 59 years.  But only for 1.3 years.   No wonder that they aren’t recommending it for the 50 – 59 year age group.

To review, Shingles is caused by the same virus as Chicken Pox, the Herpes Zoster virus.  Once you get Chicken Pox, the virus stays in your body and remains dormant, that is, until some stressor comes along and causes the virus to reactivate. For example, many people will develop shingles if a spouse becomes sick, they themselves develop a difficult illness, or perhaps one of their children or grandchildren is having difficulties.

But why are so many people getting Shingles?  Does anyone in the 40 – 60 age group remember anyone, such as your parents or grandparents, getting shingles when you were young?  Probably not.  Since the Chicken Pox vaccine has reduced the number of wild chicken pox cases, adults are not getting exposed to the Herpes Zoster virus when their children and grandchildren.  It is believed that by being exposed to Chicken Pox, the immune system gets reactivated, thus the specific response to the potentially active virus in the body is stronger. But without the wild chicken pox virus, the strengthening of the immune system simply cannot happen.

Notice I am referring to the wild chicken pox virus.  Most people recognize that the Chicken Pox vaccine is not particularly effective.  Many children get chicken pox anyway, but it is a weakened case of it and they perhaps only get a few small pox.  Or what comes around does not last long enough to get much exposure.

I personally know many people who tried to give their children the chicken pox by exposing them to vaccinated cases of Chicken Pox and it just didn’t work.  So it makes sense that exposing an adult to a similar case would not have the same protective result either.

So, What To Do?  What To Do?

I remember sharing this explanation with a friend of my mother’s who had a bad case of shingles.  She felt like younger people were better able to handle chicken pox than elderly people were able to handle shingles.  She’s right.  But how can we get adults better exposure to the Zoster Virus?

Homeopathy has the answer, as usual.  

I have posted many times about using homeopathy to educate the immune system about a variety of potential illnesses, including childhood illnesses, influenza, etc.  Adults can gain exposure to the chicken pox virus through a homeopathic remedy called Zoster.  It is made from the chicken pox virus.  It is a much safer way to get exposure to the virus than the Shingles vaccine.  It is an energetic exposure, but the advantages are still available to the individual who takes the Zoster remedy series.

Here is what a past participant in a Shingles Clinic had to say:

I have had Shingles more than once.  Four out of five years I got them around Christmas time.  I was not looking forward to yet another outbreak, so in 2012, I contacted Kathryn at Lotus Homeopathy about Shingles prevention.  My son had not had chicken pox and I was hoping to get exposed to the virus.  I received two vials of the zoster remedy.  Over the course of four months, I took the indicated doses to get re-exposed to the virus.  In the last three years, I have not gotten Shingles.  I would also add that my husband, who did not take the HP remedies, did get Shingles in 2014. I love being Shingles Free!  –Deanna M, Prior Lake, MN

If you would like to participate in the Shingles Clinic, please click here to learn more.  Scroll to the bottom of the page.  .

For more viewpoints on the Shingles vaccine, please view this post by Patti Bartsch, PhD, traditional naturopath.

If you do get shingles, homeopathy can help.




Preventing Illness with Other Illness

We are in the midst of a Pertussis outbreak in the US.


My family has not been untouched by this illness, which is also called Whooping Cough, but this is not a surprise.

My youngest son got it in school and the rest of us from him.  Usually you think you merely have a cold with a cough when you first get it.  By the time you figure it out, you are not contagious anymore.  OOPS!  Amazing how nature created this little bug to perpetuate itself by having humans think it is a common cold until it is “too late”.

Homeopathy helps.  So does acupuncture.  There are many options.

The Pertussis vaccine is frankly, pretty “puny”, as one MD blogger described it.  It doesn’t give you lifelong immunity.  You are lucky if you get 8 years out of it.

As I look online to figure out the lifelong immunity questions, I am finding that most so-called experts are suggesting that even suffering through a case of Pertussis will not confer lifelong immunity.  I have no evidence to suggest the following is true, but it is something to think about.

There is a belief by many that the reason so many people are developing Shingles (which is caused by a reactivation of the Chicken Pox virus) is because parents and grandparents are not being re-exposed to the virus by their children and grandchildren when the youngsters get Chicken pox, because the vaccine is reducing the number of wild cases.  And just a side note for those of you who are looking for other children with Chicken Pox, your child can also get exposed to the virus by associating with someone who has Shingles.

(If you are reading this thinking you are going to post a comment on how awful it is to intentionally expose a child to a virus, do not bother to comment.  You’ll never convince me otherwise and I won’t post your comment. Besides, aren’t you also exposing them to a virus with a vaccine?  Make that a virus and a bunch of toxic chemicals….)  The re-exposure to the virus asymptomatically reactivates the immune system towards that virus and Shingles has less of a chance to rear its ugly head.  Dr. Mercola refers to Shingles as the Evil Cousin of Chicken Pox.

I am starting to wonder if Pertussis used to be a lifelong immunity, but with the vaccine, no longer is lifelong, in the same way that not being exposed to the Chicken Pox is causing problems later in life as well.  Perhaps being exposed to a child or grandchild with Pertussis reactivates the immunity as well.

Homeopathy to the rescue, once again.

Since the early 1800’s, Homeopathy has been used to prevent disease.  Homeopathy is basically introducing an artificial disease, although it is energetic, rather than material.  So just as exposing an adult to the wild Chicken Pox virus or possibly the wild Whooping Cough bacteria can help prevent symptoms of the disease from manifesting, this can also be done with a homeopathic dose of the virus.

If you already have the Chicken Pox, Shingles or Whooping Cough, homeopathy can be extremely helpful.  Please call for remedy suggestions (there are many, so it is hard to put them in a blog).

If you wish to prevent future Shingles, a few homeopathic doses of Zoster in two different potencies has been shown to prevent Chicken Pox and presumably, reactivate the virus to prevent Shingles.  Of course, Stress is a huge factor in the appearance of Shingles, so homeopathy can help with that as well. Now would be a good time to re-expose yourself to the Varicella Zoster virus energetically, rather than risk the Shingles “vaccine” and its toxic ingredients at your local Walgreen’s.  BTW, the Varicella Zoster virus in the Shingles vaccine is sourced from a child with a naturally occurring case of chicken pox.  Good thing the Chicken Pox vaccine is so lame and there are enough “refusers” that Merck can make money off these children.

The same is true of Whooping Cough.  The Pertussis bacteria is included in any tetanus shot you get these days.  I know of no one who has ever had both Pertussis and Tetanus at the same time, so I am not sure the logic behind including them together.  Nonetheless, a homeopathic exposure to Pertussis has been shown in studies to create an immunity to Whooping Cough and has been doing so for at least 100 years.

Let me know if I can help.



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