Guest blog by Real Immunity Team member, Courtney Ingham
In my on-going search for ways to enhance and protect my children’s immune systems, I have taken many detours. Eventually, I decided to enroll my children in Cilla’s homeoprophylaxis (HP) program. Because I’m often asked why I chose to do this, I want to share my journey and reasoning.
In 2010, when my oldest was 2, I stumbled upon Cilla’s book. I had already been introduced to homeopathy, and figured since I understood homeopathy, I could use her book to administer the remedies myself. Despite my good intentions, that never happened. The book sat next to my bed, the remedies I needed were in a shopping cart online, never to be ordered. Each time I got the gusto to place my order, I felt overwhelmed with insecurities and questions.
Not being a homeopath myself, I felt discouraged: What if there was a reaction? What if I didn’t stay on schedule? (That was likely, as I discovered I was pregnant with my daughter soon after my initial investigations into HP). I also wasn’t certain I fully understood what I was doing. It became clear that I was really going to need much more education, and confidence to go at it alone. In the meantime, while stammering around, we added two more children to the family, and I was distracted by life enough to put my inquiries on the back burner.
Fast forward to 2018—my children were in public school with a religious exemption. When New York State cut our experience short by axing religious exemptions at the end of that school year, we were faced with a big decision: Vaccinate so the children can attend school, or homeschool. We chose the latter, and that decision led me to pick up the HP conversation again. This time, I decided I wanted the support of a homeopath, and I enrolled my children in Cilla’s program. I immediately knew it was the best choice, and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. Here’s why:
Support: New things are often more surmountable with human to human interaction
When I entered Cilla’s program, not only did I receive an HP kit, I received an education on HP and the immune system. Everyone who enrolls receives a one-on-one session with a certified homeopath. The Real Immunity Team has three board certified homeopaths to choose from: Cilla, Michelle, and Teresa.How easy it was to be able to ask the questions I had and get answers that made sense, from a real human! Much different than using a book and trying to meander through the process alone.
Courtney’s three children ages 12, 8 and 6. All partake in the Real Immunity HP program.
Another thing received from the program is a video presentation that shares exactly what you need to know to give the HP remedies to your family. With this video, anyone is able to get started using HP—even beginners who know nothing about homeopathy. Most questions are answered in this video, and Cilla’s calm presence makes everything seem simple and easy to follow.
Having a certified homeopath help you is beyond valuable. For instance, you may want to rearrange your schedule to take the Tetanus nosode if you are embarking before summertime when children are much more likely to be running around barefoot. Summer will certainly be a lot easier on me as a parent knowing that my often-barefoot kids have another line of defense against tetanus!
The booklet that Cilla distributes is also helpful, (especially for less organized individuals, like myself). The booklet leads you through the program, offering a place to record the date you administer the remedies, as well as any response that may occur while undergoing the program. It helps you know how many doses to give and what will be the next remedy on your schedule. It really helps you move through the program with ease. Should you have any concerns, you are able to contact your homeopath to get their feedback: It’s such a relief to not have to go at it alone!
Education: It’s much more dynamic to learn from a professional than to try and learn something from a book or website
One of my initial questions was whether or not my kids would be able to get back into school if they went through an HP program. Cilla compassionately shared with me that while vaccines stimulate the humoral immune response, where antibody production occurs, this can cause side effects like inflammatory diseases. She explained that the innate arm of the immune system, often disregarded by many medical professionals and politicians, provides the cell mediated response, which HP addresses.
Cilla also shared with me that Dr. Isaac Golden, leading expert in HP, studied 3000 children who underwent HP programs and found that they had fewer illnesses and infections in general. He attributed this to the fact that they received the diseases in an energetic form, thereby gaining all the health benefits of the natural disease with none of the risks.
Our family decided that since we were vested in building and supporting health and wellness that we would definitely partake in the program in order to receive those benefits. With a 91% effective rate with no side effects, it definitely raises many questions as to why many governments don’t recognize HP as a legitimate alternative. (Note many governments, such as India and Cuba do recognize the benefits of HP.) Then again, our same government establishments feel completely at ease offering unhealthy food to our children for lunch every day. Clearly health isn’t the real concern.
What others are saying about joining an HP program:
“To work with a practitioner who was supporting my role as a mom and respecting and encouraging my innate knowledge of my child was a game changer. We’ve been so thrilled to have found Cilla and homeoprophylaxis. My children have not yet completed the whole program, but I do feel that I see their systems growing stronger each month with every dose. I had a friend today comment just how healthy my kids always are! Thank you, Cilla for your message, knowledge, and willingness to devote your life to families like ours, we are so grateful!” – Sarah J.
“Cilla is a professional in every sense of the word. She has been a delight to work with and is very knowledgeable and so helpful in providing guidance and direction with her programs. I appreciate Cilla’s efforts as she strives to help so many that are seeking for great ways to provide immunity for their families!” – Dr Jeff K.
To find out why other parents decided to join an HP program, check out this post in Cilla’s Facebook HP Group, Choosing Real Immunity.
Living a Real Immunity lifestyle is easier said than done, right? It certainly takes a lot to move from the limited and fear-based conventional view of health and wellness to a place where one has complete ownership of their health and immune function. Yet lately, that call has become loud and clear for so many during these tumultuous times when health care freedoms are challenged more than ever before.
It also takes a lot of support to feel confident enough to forgo the recommendations from physicians that don’t quite feel right. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not feel like you have to go at it alone?
And what about that feeling…That sense that there’s a better option out there? That is what we call intuition, and the purpose of the Real Immunity Film series is to help people align with their innate intuition and liberate that voice that is asking questions and interested in more options.
Over the last year, the Real Immunity Team has tested out a new product called Empowerment Groups, that are aligned with the values and intentions of the Real Immunity film series. This product seeks to provide further guidance and support through the essential points in the first film, Quest for Real Immunity.
Empowerment Groups can choose to meet in person or virtually.
By creating a study-group format for viewing and discussing the films, it is now possible to have community and support through all the questions and fears that arise when embracing Real Immunity:
What’s the best option for my family?
Who are the experts I can look to?
How does this lifestyle look?
How can I make it work for my family?
What basic information and skills do I need to live a Real Immunity lifestyle?
Parents who want to be fed support (rather than fear) for the health and wellness choices they are making for their children
People who want to be empowered about their health in a world full of confusing and complicated options
Parents who want to build their instincts when it comes to the health of their children
People who want to know who the experts in the field of natural health are, and how to access their messages
Individuals seeking their tribe, people who share their common health beliefs
How Do Empowerment Groups Work?
First, one must decide if they want to lead or join an Empowerment Group.
If you have decided you want to LEAD a group, your Empowerment Group will have access to the three 30 minute episodes ofQuest for Real Immunity film. The Empowerment Group Leader is equipped with a discussion packet and guidance on how to lead a discussion for each of the three sessions with the materials found in the class portal. By using an application like Zoom, group leaders can offer their Empowerment Group remotely to individuals around the world, or they can choose to host a more intimate, in-person gathering with those living close-by.
Empowerment Groups are limited to a maximum of 10 individuals (plus a leader), and leaders can choose to charge their group members a fee for the ability to participate in the program. The Real Immunity Team has also created a support group for Empowerment Group leaders (you can access after purchasing the program) in order to gain tips and support for running your group from others. Group leaders are invited to post information about their upcoming groups here as well, in order to gain exposure for their groups.
It is also an option to purchase the program for yourself, for those who are not interested in learning with a group. There is no minimum number required to conduct an Empowerment Group.
If you are interested in LEADING an empowerment group, feel free to share the image below on social media to help build your group:
Those interested in JOINING a group can simply go here and look for a group.
What are the “perks” of joining an Empowerment Group?
While Quest for Real Immunity can be streamed at home by anyone, by joining a Real Immunity Empowerment Group, not only will you be able to watch the film, but you’ll be able to take part in lively discussions around the topics in the film. During our focus group sessions, we found that the participants reported a greater understanding of the topics as well as a greater sense on how to implement the concepts relayed by the film after participating in the program. An example of some of these concepts covered are: Germ Theory vs. Terrain Theory, the gifts of childhood diseases, allopathic vs. homoepathic health solutions, using and developing your intuition, understanding the innate intelligence of the body, moving past fear, and many more. For anyone interested in venturing into or supporting a Real Immunity lifestyle, Empowerment Groups are an essential starting point.
Empowerment Groups will have the opportunity to attend an hour-long Q and A session with Cilla for an additional fee.
Another perk is that those who complete the Empowerment Group program are eligible to receive a discount code from OHM pharmacy where they can purchase high quality remedies at 15% off.
If you’re interested in more details, including: Costs, what’s included, where to join or find out more about leading an Empowerment Group, testimonials from our focus group, and more, please go here.
Find out more about Empowerment Groups Join an Empowerment Group Lead an Empowerment Group
Watch this video with Cilla describing the benefits of Empowerment Groups
HP is an energetic form of homeopathy that dilutes and potentizes natural substances to act upon the vital force, or energy system, of an individual. Produced in FDA approved pharmacies under stringent guidelines, HP can be administered in small pellets that are taken orally, or liquid form. A natural method to familiarize the immune system with a disease on the energetic level prior to coming into contact with that disease in nature, individuals are more likely to repel the disease altogether, or if contracted, more able to mount a natural and adequate immune response.
Is it Safe?
There has never been a death or injury from the use of HP with children, adults, or pregnant women. It is non-toxic, contains no preservatives, adjuvants, antibiotics or toxic components of any kind. When children accidentally swallow large amounts, there is no cause for concern since this is an energetic form of treatment. There are no molecules of the original substance.
Is it Effective?
Emerging studies from Cuba over the last decades confirm the easy administration and effectiveness of homeoprophylaxis.Along with his notable success using HP for leptospirosis, Dr. Gustavo Bracho, of the world-renowned Finlay Institute also studied the effects of HP with Hepatitis A, Dengue Fever, Acute Respiratory Infections and Acute Diarrheal Diseases.Significant reductions in all of these diseases resulted from use of HP.
Dr, Isaac Golden, the world’s leading researcher of homeoprophylaxis, in his recent article stated:
I published two articles in 2019 describing in different ways the use of HP in three countries in over 250 million people on an annualised basis, by mainly government agencies in those countries. One of the examples given is especially appropriate in the current situation with [the current virus].
Readers may recall the Swine Flu scare which swept the world around 2009/2010. In my country it led to the Federal Government spending around $120,000,000 on vaccines, most of which remained unused. Billions were spent in the USA on the development and sale of the vaccine, and similarly in many other countries internationally.
However, the Cuban government had seen the remarkably successful HP immunisation programs against Leptospirosis in 2007 and 2008, and instructed the Finlay Institute (Cuba’s vaccine manufacturer which, under the inspired leadership of Dr Conception Campa Huergo (a real scientist) and her Vice President Dr Gustavo Bracho, prepared the HP interventions), to homeopathically immunise the entire population of Cuba over 12 months of age against Swine Flu – around 9.8 million people.
When Dr Bracho and I studied the 2010 data it became clear that we could not quantify the success of the program against Swine Flu because there were practically no cases, and it was not possible to say how many travellers entered the country carrying the virus. However, in the same intervention Finlay also immunised against Pneumococcal disease, and the published data shows a clear reduction in the disease in 2010, and a return to expected levels in 2011, and shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Incidence of Deaths from Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease per 10,000
Attesting to the individualized nature of homeopathic prescribing, Dr. Golden’s recent recommendation for boosting immunity in the presence of the current viral epidemic has been; Bacillinum, Pneumococcinum, Influenzinum (3 types), Arsenicum album, Justicia adhatoda, Gelsemium, Bryonia and Antimonium tartaricum.
Other well-respected homeopaths have suggested the use of other remedies, like Arsenicum alone, or a mixture of remedies intended to address potential symptoms. Since HP is intended to support and enhance natural immunity, there is no ‘wrong’ answer to the components utilized.
The Real Immunity Influenzium CV30 formula applies Dr. Golden’s recommendation to include Bacillinum, Pneumococcinum, and 3 types of Influenzinum. The additional remedies included in his preparation can apply to the symptom presentation of many respiratory illnesses once contracted. Our recommendation is to contact a qualified homeopath if symptoms develop in order to be addressed professionally and individually.
Please note that due to recent warnings by the FDA issued to natural practitioners, it’s important that we mention that homeopathy “does not treat, cure, or prevent specific diseases.” Homeopathy enhances natural immunity, decreases susceptibility to disease, and exercises the immune system in such a way as to improve health outcomes. In order to avoid censorship and get this information out, the Real Immunity Team has gone to great efforts to craft this message.
In light of current expensive allopathic protocols and potential effects of pharmaceutical prescribing, Dr. Golden advises the following:
Homeopathy could assist all Governments immediately, at a low cost, without any risk of side-effects, and make a definite impact on the progress of [the current virus]. In decades to come I expect historians to look back at recent decades of pharmaceutical aggression and their domination of many health systems, and measure the immense cost, and the damage to millions of lives caused by those who prevented decision makers from seeing the true evidence-based benefits of safe and inexpensive natural options.
Here at Real Immunity we applaud and support forward thinkers such as Dr. Isaac Golden and the Cuban government in their application of safe, effective, and well-researched methods of protection. We encourage you to share this information far and wide to raise consciousness, as we promote non-toxic methods to build real immunity. Then contact your qualified HP provider to take the next step.
Wondering if you may have the flu? Want to be prepared in case your family does come down with the flu? You’ve come to the right place.
In Cilla’s online class Nine Remedies for the Flu, she shares a brief, yet impactful history of the use of homeopathy versus conventional methods for various flus. As you may have guessed, homeopathy came through with flying colors in several cases with unprecedented results. Frequently, the conventional treatment for influenza actually caused severe side effects, as in the case of the 1918 Spanish flu when Aspirin was employed to lower fevers and it simply drove the illness to the lungs.
Be prepared for flus and viruses with homeopathic knowledge! These nine remedies will help you manage whatever comes your way in the most gentle and natural way. The practical tips will prepare you to use nine remedies for fevers, vomiting, aches, pains, and more. Ideal for the mom who wants applicable knowledge to use with her family right away.
Most Real Immunity followers are already familiar with the Health Helix, Cilla’s visual explanation of how illness, when suppressed, can be driven deeper into the body. The Health Helix presents a visual explanation of the damage conventional drugs and suppressed symptoms can cause by giving many examples, like how the use of cortisone cream actually is correlated with later onset of asthma as benign skin issues such as eczema are driven deeper into the body.
Cilla starts the class by making an important distinction regarding the flu: Often what we think is the flu is a different virus or illness, but regardless of the cause, flu-like symptoms: fever, headache, lack of energy, sore throat, runny nose, and body aches can be addressed with homeopathic medicines. Cilla reviews nine remedies for the flu (or flu-like symptoms), including physical and emotional indications for the use of each. In the class she discusses how to distinguish flu symptoms from flu-like viral symptoms as well.
This class is so much more than a list of remedies though. There’s quite a bit of homeopathic theory as well. Cilla shares how mainstream thinking regarding viruses is shortsighted for various reasons. One reason is because our bodies are mostly comprised of bacteria, viruses and parasites: four poundsof such materials on average. She names the many viruses that most humans have riding along with them and shares that usually there is nothing at all wrong with these viruses lying latent in our bodies “as long as we just live in a balanced state.” She further shares that viruses, in fact, are essential for human evolution.
To better understand how homeopathy can benefit and address flu symptoms, Cilla addresses many of the misunderstandings regarding the immune system and flu vxs. She shares that herd immunity can only happen when one acquires a disease naturally, which creates a cell-mediated immune response. It’s important to note that vxs do not create a cell-mediated response, instead, as Cilla explains in her class, they artificially elevate antibody production (which compromises general immunity). Cilla shares research that shows the increased risk of respiratory viruses associated with the flu vx. Antibody production is not the gold standard for immunity.
Furthermore, Cilla warns that vaccines are often recommended for individuals who are actually at greatest risk of suffering a side-effect from the vx. She shares the many issues associated with flu vaccines in pregnant women, and how vxs after age 50 are associated with neurological damage.
Another misconception that Cilla rebukes is that fevers are problematic. She shares why it is important to support a fever, how to support a fever and issues related to suppressing fevers. Fevers are simply another way the body discharges symptoms, and we never want to suppress such discharges. She offers information on how to support the flu and fevers using cell salts as well. By supporting the discharge process of flu symptoms with homeopathic remedies recommended in this class, Cilla shares that she has often seen lengthy flu symptoms truncated from two weeks to a few days. She shares a story of how she used Bryonia, when indicated for her flu-like symptoms and within hours she was back to normal.
Cilla ends the class by offering suggestions on how to homeopathically prevent flu symptoms. She shares why her favorite preventive remedy, Influenzium, a version of which she prepares herself for clients, is created with historical flus. [CURRENTLY OUT OF STOCK UNTIL future notice. She shares when and how to dose using Influenzinum as well. Cilla’s newest version of Influenzinum now contains homeopathically prepared components to boost immunity against current viruses. Learn more here.
“The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”
― Oprah Winfrey
Where does consciousness and the way we think enter the picture when it comes to healing? Can our thoughts and feelings affect how we experience health?
If you’re on the Real Immunity wavelength, it is likely you embrace the concept that the physical body does not work in isolation from the mind and emotions. As we move into a new decade, more and more people are discovering the limitations of modern conventional medicine, while simultaneously embracing the opportunities offered to us through alternative medicine and the consciousness movement.
Free agency is a gift. What stops us from exercising it? Fear of failure? Of the unknown?
When we bring consciousness to the conversation, we realize quickly that we can let go of fear of the outcome, and we accept that there is no such thing as a mistake. All things work together to lead us to greater awareness and deeper wisdom for the next choice. Suddenly, we are empowered.
“When fear makes your choices for you, no security measures on earth will keep the things you dread from finding you. But if you can avoid avoidance – if you can choose to embrace experiences out of passion, enthusiasm, and a readiness to feel whatever arises – then nothing, nothing in all this dangerous world, can keep you from being safe.” Martha Beck
Our level of awareness plays an enormous role in our choices. Choosing Real Immunity takes a hard look at just how much our consciousness influences everything. And not only our own, but that of our parents and their ancestors as well.
I reached a point in my own healing from a cancer diagnosis when I realized that my thoughts were playing a huge role. Getting control of them through meditation and visualization would in turn be reflected on the physical level. So, I referred to one of the best in the consciousness movement – Dr. Joe Dispenza.
“The brain learns by surprises and mistakes. We need to embrace and experience what’s happening – the richness and fullness. Then when we are bored, we’ll create a new experience.” Dr. Joe Dispenza
Spending a week at one of his retreats, I was blown away by the information and the intensity of the experience. I knew I wanted to interview him for the film. His message was inspiring. That’s the mission of my third film, Choosing Real Immunity, to share interconnected messages from health professionals and leaders in the consciousness movement that help the viewer to delve deeply into what it means to heal in a way that engages a sense of well-being and trust in the body that is missing in the conventional medical paradigm.
If we continue the same old conversation about health, the conversation led by “conventional wisdom,” we are eliminating the gifts our own knowing and consciousness can bring to the picture. We eliminate the potential the vital force brings to the table when we constantly look outside of ourselves for the answers. As a homeopath, Choosing Real Immunity was my answer to the question: “What understandings can contribute the most change to the current paradigm of healthcare?”
“The vital force has the power to heal. What stands in the way is tension. Whatever helps to alleviate the tension, a choice; a decision; an act; a healer, the body then has the available energy to heal and can do so effectively.” Cilla Whatcott
I am honored to be able to share this third and final film in my Real Immunity series with you, and I invite you to join me as we embark upon an entirely new conversation about health, immunity, and consciousness.
You can view the Choosing Real Immunity trailer by clicking the image below:
Listen to health experts, physicians and leaders in the consciousness movement share their knowledge and experience in Choosing Real Immunity.
I’ve never fit in. I’ve always felt like the odd one. I see the world differently and it’s influenced my entire life.I lived on a sailboat for five years. People thought I was nuts. I moved to the Marshall Islands and raised my youngest children there for ten years. Who lives on a tiny island with no cars and 90% humidity? I became consumed by homeopathy when I learned about it.Actually, my dead mother came to me and said it was the perfect fit, which motivated me to return to four years of homeopathy school in my late forties.Who does that?
I’ve been obsessed with producing the Real Immunity film series. I didn’t know a thing about making movies. I took a class. I flung myself into the process head first. Why? Because I felt inspired and on fire to make a change in this crazy world. I was committed to bringing a message about “reality!”The struggle was more than I bargained for. Misstep after misstep cost me money, time, heartache, and frustration. I just couldn’t compete with the big dogs who were marketing to the millions and cashing in on sales.
The mission of the Real Immunity film series is to change the paradigm around health and immunity. That’s a change reflected in the hearts of those who see the film; not in profits.
Then I bumped into a few amazing souls who have depth and integrity and the openness to catch my vision – an amazing film editor, a marketing manager, a graphic designer.Real people committed to delivering a real message without the egocentricity that the world seems obsessed with these days. It takes a village.
When others view one of the films and express how deeply they are affected, my heart swells with gratitude. There are other real people out there who love the truth. That’s all it takes to keep me going. Enough people who share a vision have tremendous power and influence.
I hope the messages in the Real Immunity series resonate with you. I hope you can recognize and embrace truth when you see it. And then I hope you can share it with someone else. If so, then it will all be worth it.
You can find out more about each of the three films in the Real Immunity series and stream them from the comfort of home here. Each film can be rented for only $9.99.
For all of those who have seen any of the films in the series, we ask that you consider connecting with your community and followers and sharing with them exactly how your thinking has changed after viewing these films. Little by little the paradigm shift is happening, but our small organization relies on the people who watch our films to bring that shift into full fruition.
Traveling over 50,000 miles in the Vaxxed bus, producer Polly Tommey and director Brian Burrowes have gathered testimonies that are sometimes difficult to watch. Parents of once-thriving triplets describe their decent into autism within hours of each other shortly after receiving vaccines. The mother of a 200 lb. young adult in helmet and diapers struggles to maintain her composure as she suggests that her son could have been a football player.
I was spellbound as I watched family after family share the devastation that ensued within days or weeks after administering vaccines. Why must there be such suffering in the world? The immensity of parents’ sacrifice is staggering, yet completely understandable in light of the love and devotion they have for their children. It doesn’t take a wide leap of imagination to realize, ‘that could be me.’
Traveling over 50,000 miles in the Vaxxed bus, producer Polly Tommey and director Brian Burrowes have gathered testimonies that are sometimes difficult to watch.
But the real impact of this movie was when they began to interview scores of parents whose children who had never been vaccinated were robustly healthy. The contrast was palpable – shocking and undeniable, as family after family reported “no antibiotics, no ear infections, no asthma, no neurological delays. This fact has been observed for decades by examining populations such as the Amish who have lower vaccination rates, yet continue to exhibit better long-term health outcomes. (For more information on similar studies, information on homeopathy, homeoprophylaxis, natural health and more, join the free Knowledge Vault.) Despite the refusal of government agencies to conduct vaxed vs unvaxed studies, it’s now been done. And the results are clear! Clearly, reliance on the birthright of natural immunity is superior to the manipulation of the pharmaceutical industry and its medical interventionist arm.
Despite attempts to discredit and censor families of vaccine injured children, Vaxxed II highlights several of these heart-wrenching accounts while also sharing scores of reports on healthy unvaccinated children.
How do we restore reliance on this precious birthright? The Real Immunity film series provides information and direction from the world’s leading thought leaders on this topic. Individuals already awakened to this reality, as well as those just beginning to question, will find support, encouragement and inspiration in all three films – Quest, Passage, and Choosing Real Immunity.
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I’m not a filmmaker, but the Real Immunity series was screaming to be created.So, I stepped up.
I grew up in a simpler time.We played outside, jumped in piles of leaves, built forts, and drew hopscotch with chalk on the driveway.Halloween was safe; we trick-or-treated up and down our street and all the adjacent streets without any worries at all.Most moms were home to greet us after school with a kiss and a snack.When we were sick, which was rare, we stayed home and drank ginger ale, took our temperature with a thermometer, and got to watch TV. Occasionally Dr. Tilly made a house call if needed and once I ran to my room and locked the door, for fear he was planning to give me a dreaded shot of penicillin. I was eventually coaxed out with the promise of a trip to the toy store if I cooperated.
Things are different now. It breaks my heart to see mothers fearful and uncertain of their mothering skills.Children are chronically ill, and families are bursting at the seams with stress and uncertainty. Let’s examine why this may be happening.
In 1997, direct to consumer marketing for pharmaceutical companies opened up due to a change in laws.A free-for-all ensued, with drug ads infiltrating television programming in both the United States and New Zealand – the only two countries allowing this method of direct advertising to consumers.A subtle, but insidious, shift took place and advertising spending by the pharma industry soared to $29.9 billion by 2005.(1)
As a result, we have grown accustomed to every symptom having a name, and requiring a specific drug to suppress it.The viewer is urged to believe that if the symptom is eliminated, they would have “good health.” I like to call this the Fear Paradigm, and it has created parents with deep insecurities and a dependency upon Big Pharma.
Fast forward a dozen years and here are young families who are chronically fearful about every sneeze, febrile illness, stomach bug, or rash.Gone are the days of Mom kissing our boo-boos, giving us a band-aid or simply a few minutes of patience. Consumers are admonished to stop any symptoms NOW! We have completely forgotten that bodies are designed to self-heal. We possess real immunity that is far more potent than any pharmaceutical offering.
Human beings grow and develop exponentially in the first five years of life. They eat, digest, detoxify, learn to walk, talk, dress themselves, control their bladder and bowels, sprout teeth–All on their own! We are each endowed with a force that drives us to evolve and become more perfect.
Human beings grow and develop exponentially in the first five years of life. They eat, digest, detoxify, learn to walk, talk, dress themselves, control their bladder and bowels, sprout teeth, and formulate distinct opinions.All on their own!We are each endowed with a force that drives us to evolve and become more perfect.This is sort of our ‘prime directive’ to evolve. It’s our God-given gift of real immunity.
I know through my own experience of raising children, and by observation of hundreds of parents over the course of my private practice, that no one loves (and loses more sleep) over a child than his or her own parents.It’s a visceral connection. This love qualifies a parent, regardless of their level of literacy or education, to do the very best they are capable of. As they learn and grow as a parent, what’s best today may not be what they deem best tomorrow.But nonetheless, they are always striving to do whatever they can in the best interest of that child.
Their sensibilities have been hijacked by media. Instead of trusting a fever or a cold as the body’s natural way of purging toxins and resetting the immune system, parents are hoodwinked into thinking that any symptom whatsoever is cause for concern.They are further convinced because magically there is a drug that can stop that symptom, so why wouldn’t they take the bait?
This is what I saw in my practice, as countless numbers of parents sat before me and with deteriorated common sense, asked if they should head to the emergency room with a 100-degree F. temperature, or a cold that lasted more than two days.I was shocked and saddened to see one of the strongest forces on the face of the earth being snuffed out – mother’s intuition.As Andrew Wakefield in Quest for Real Immunity says, ‘We have survived as a human race due to mother’s intuition.”
I knew that somehow, I needed to teach more than one family at a time how to re-connect with that powerful force that is our real immunity, the force that is sustained and uplifted by simple but deep principles, intuition, natural medicine such as homeopathy, and faith in the divinity of the human organism.Thus, the Real Immunity film series was born.
I brought together respected experts to share their philosophies, practitioners using homeoprophylaxis, families waking up to the amazing power of natural medicine, and my own experiences to illustrate what a powerful gift we possess.I found an amazing and talented videographer/editor who could bring my vision to life, and then from my knees I asked to be directed to get the message out. The result has been the Real Immunity series of three feature length films.
We may not be able to return to those simpler times I recall in my youth, but I can try my best to re-instill the peace, confidence, and knowledge that are part of our birthright.Please enjoy the Real Immunity series and feel supported and uplifted in hearing what you have truly known deep down inside all along.
The third film in the Real Immunity Series: Choosing Real Immunity, is scheduled to be released fall of 2019! Be sure you’ve streamed the first two films at home before you see the newest film, which features experts from the consciousness movement and more!
Don’t miss the many interviews from professionals in the consciousness movement. featured in the third film. Be sure you are subscribed to our mailing list if you want to be notified of when the film is released.
Jeanne Ohm, DC 1956-2019 We publish this article in honor of Jeanne’s life and contribution to society. She was a powerful and inspirational healer who was familiar with the intelligence of life and accessed her intuition to live to the fullest. Her establishment of the ICPA touched millions of lives and her interview in The Quest for Real Immunity will be an opportunity for many more to learn from her amazing spirit. Cilla was fortunate to have this article originally published in the ICPA magazine, Pathways, in 2015.
Lily was my third child. She was born in China, in the city of Jiujang, in Jiangxhi Province. She was 10 months old when we traveled to get her, and weighed a mere 10 pounds.
Lily was beautiful. She was more like a newborn than a 1-year-old. She could barely hold up her head and was so accustomed to being heavily swaddled in layers of clothing that she cried when the air touched her skin the first time we carefully unwrapped her. Her tiny features were so delicate. She was as quiet as a mouse. She slept through the night without a peep. She was perfect. We bought a few yards of cotton cloth, which we tied in a knot and draped over my husband’s shoulders to create an impromptu sling. She snuggled inside, as content as a baby roo.
Looking back, I can see that Lily was suffering from “failure to thrive,” or the lack of weight gain and physical growth that many orphans suffer when inadequately nurtured and underfed. Combine this with a challenged immune system and the trauma of leaving the familiarity of the orphanage, and you have a child who is very vulnerable.
Once we were home, the pediatrician suggested that Lily needed her vaccines; the Chinese records could not be trusted. Having never questioned vaccines before, I agreed, and Lily was given her DPT, hepatitis B, polio, and MMR shots. What I know now is that this amounts to eight separate disease agents at once, not to mention the additives in each injection. A chemical cocktail.
Shortly afterward, Lily’s leg swelled to twice its size. She became more and more agitated, crying loudly. She let out long, woeful shrieks, and nothing soothed her. Her temperature was 103° F and rising. She was clearly in great distress and I ran her back to the pediatrician, who diagnosed her with aseptic meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane covering the brain and spinal cord. She was given IV antibiotics and her fever continued to climb to about 105° F. I tried to accept the fact that she might die; I spent the next 48 hours holding her warm, limp body and praying.
This was in 1996 and we were living in the Marshall Islands. The Internet was not yet a common addition to every home. I did have a Merck Manual, though. First published in 1899, The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy is a concise and complete medical reference for doctors, medical students and healthcare professionals. It’s is one of the world’s most trusted medical references.
From its pages I read: “Disorders and drugs are common causes of meningitis. Disorders that most commonly cause meningitis include disorders that cause inflammation, including the inflammation that occurs when the body’s immune system malfunctions and attacks the body’s own tissues (autoimmune disorders).” Among the culpable drugs listed are vaccines.
Eager for validation, back I went to the pediatrician, armed with my information, certain she would agree that I had unearthed the actual cause of Lily’s illness. I was sadly mistaken. She informed me with complete confidence and authority that there was no connection whatsoever to the vaccines. Completely impossible. And furthermore, she delivered a terse lecture on the horrors of children dying from communicable diseases and how she had seen these horrors in the field. End of conversation. I was speechless.
Lily survived that episode, but she struggled with high fevers throughout her youth, and the effects of those struggles are still with her. In the months and years that followed, I underwent a total reorganization of my belief system. The stark realization hit me that no one was going to look out for my kids as I do. It was up to me. Others may be motivated by adherence to their education, dogma, pride, or even just putting in their eight-hour work day. My children were my 24-hour responsibility. They depended upon me to be there, to know what to do and to do it right.
The responsibility felt overwhelming, but at the same time somehow empowering. I wasn’t going to trust what someone else told me without doing my own research ever again. I was through being a conventional medicine groupie. My choices eventually led me back to school, where I spent four years earning a degree in homeopathic medicine. It was there that I learned more about how the healthy immune system operates.
The human immune system is amazing. Think of the intelligence it reflects. Day in and day out it offers protection from viruses, bacteria, parasites and rogue cancer cells. It creates a balance within our biological economy, knowing when to mount a response with fever, inflammation or discharges. And it knows when to simply do its work silently.
Another, more metaphysical way to view the immune system is as an overarching ability to accurately determine what is “self” and what’s “not self.” While the healthy, functioning immune system keeps us well physically, it also helps us in the ongoing process of clear boundaries, development of the personality, and differentiation between the natural parts and processes of the body and foreign interference. Quite an amazing process, really.
There is little distinction inside the womb, as the infant is attached by an umbilical cord to the mother. They exist as one. And Mother’s immunity continues to be passed on to the child after he is born through enzymes provided by mother’s milk.
The birth process is the beginning of differentiation into a separate being. Some have conjectured that the first three months of life, when mother and baby are still so closely connected through nursing, is actually akin to the “fourth trimester.” The baby cries, and magically the breast appears. He is tired or fussy, and there is Mother with warmth and comfort. There continues to be very little differentiation between “self” and “mother.”
Slowly, differentiation occurs. When uncomfortable, Baby discovers how to self soothe, perhaps with a thumb or by hearing soft music. He discovers siblings can be entertaining, or is fascinated by the family pet walking by. There is a world outside of himself and Mother.
At the same time, his immune system is becoming accustomed to new bacteria and viruses. Whatever he ingests first passes the mucous membranes of his mouth, throat and intestines. Here is where natural immunity begins. These tissues contain enzymes that are antibacterial. If these tissues are penetrated by pathogens, special cells called macrophages and neutrophils respond to engulf and kill the pathogens. This is Baby’s first encounter with what his body accepts as safe and what is rejected as unsafe.
Fast forward to around age 2, when Baby learns to say “No!” Coming into his personal power, he discerns that he is a separate person and can control what he wants and doesn’t want. He practices and practices until his parents almost lose their patience in the presence of junior exercising his ability to choose. He punctuates his newfound free agency with frequent exclamations of “Mine!”
This is just the beginning. The developing immune system continues to express itself through the maturation of social and intellectual skills in the pursuit of complete sovereignty. Any parent of a teenager can attest that 16-year-olds are wildly independent in one moment and completely dependent the next. Every leap of independence is another illustration of the immune system determining appropriate boundaries— physically, intellectually and socially.
The biological explanation for this elegant system has two complementary functions: Th1 and Th2. Th1 is responsible for cell-mediated immunity, a response that does not dispatch antibodies, but instead activates phagocytes, antigen-specific cytotoxic T-lymphocytes, and the release of various cytokines in response to a disease substance. This enables the mounting of a fever in order to eliminate invaders. (This concept is discussed more in this blog.)
Th2 governs the antibody-mediated response, also called the humoral response (humor is an archaic medical term for body fluid). It identifies pathogens in the lymph fluid or blood and creates an inflammatory response to scavenge the offenders and eliminate them.
These two arms need to operate in a balanced way. It’s essential to have an inflammatory response (Th2) in the event of radical invasion. It’s also necessary to have the constant balancing vigilance of cell-mediated (Th1) immunity. Working in tandem, these functions develop as a child matures. Nature intended for us to possess both functions. Think of them as the 24-hour vigilance patrol accompanied by the emergency response team.
The goal of vaccines is to boost the emergency response (Th2) in order to enhance antibody production. In fact, vaccines contain chemical adjuvants (from the Latin word meaning “to help”) that are designed to facilitate the production of antibodies. Unfortunately, these two conditions already manifest increased inflammatory responses. Or consider the fact that whatever is contained in the vaccine ingredients will also, in the presence of an adjuvant, be perceived by the body to be a trigger to increase inflammation. So the peanut oil, antibiotics, aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, and other chemicals that many vaccines contain may also elicit an allergic response when encountered in a child’s environment or diet.
Studies have shown us that skewing the Th1 and Th2 responses can compromise general immunity for the sake of specific antibodies. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases stated, “Being protected against influenza, recipients may lack temporary non-specific immunity that protected against other respiratory viruses.”
It’s important to understand this complex protection from both Th1 and Th2 points of view, because true health is not just a matter of producing antibodies to specific diseases. Health occurs in human beings as a multifaceted process. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely an absence of disease or infirmity, with an ability to lead to a socially and economically productive life.”
In acute illness, we can see the relationship between biological illness and social, emotional and intellectual maturation quite clearly. When a child is sick and mounts a fever and has a discharge, we often see a developmental leap following resolution of the illness. Once well, they take a few wobbly steps, or learn to ride a bike, or master new words. When an older child resolves an illness, we can see leaps in independence or responsibility or problem-solving skills. Illness, maturation and the exercise of the immune system truly have an interdependent role.
Another Choice As a parent and as a healer, I take very seriously my commitment to “do no harm.” My deepest belief is that we are all motivated to heal. Healing takes place in a highly individualized manner. We cannot judge, predict or dictate how another will heal. Knowing this, I hold tremendous respect for others as they follow their individual paths. In my efforts to do no harm, and allow others adequate space while supporting their journey, I always try to choose the path of least risk.
Every decision we make for our children has consequences. Our fears far outweigh reality most of the time. I often tell my clients that if we possessed a crystal ball and could glimpse for even 10 minutes what the future held, we would sleep much more soundly at night.
The choice regarding whether or not to vaccinate can be a complex and difficult one for parents. The CDC has told us that “adverse events have been reported after administration of all vaccines.” Thus vaccines do carry “unavoidable risks.” My own path has led me through initially vaccinating my children, experiencing a vaccine injury with Lily, and then investigating an alternative called homeoprophylaxis.
Homeoprophylaxis has been utilized for more than 200 years for epidemics as well as endemic contagious disease. The application as an alternative to the recommended immunization schedule has been clinically studied since 1985 by Dr. Isaac Golden, Ph.D., of Australia. It’s a concept met with skepticism by some conventional medical practitioners due to lack of understanding. Golden is a pioneer, his studies providing emerging evidence of the effectiveness, ease and safety of the method. His work stands as the keystone to future applications of homeoprophylaxis for infectious childhood diseases.
Homeoprophylaxis is the use of diluted and potentized disease products, called “nosodes,” to elicit an immune response. While the original intent of vaccines was similarly to provide a weakened dose of the original disease, the most obvious difference today is the purity of homeopathic nosodes compared to conventional vaccines. Homeopathic nosodes contain no additives whatsoever. No antibiotics, preservatives, detergents, foreign DNA or unknown viruses are present. The intent of homeoprophylaxis is to educate the immune system in a way that has been clinically shown to reduce the incidence of infectious and chronic disease.
A very interesting finding of Golden’s work is the improved long-term health outcomes of using homeoprophylaxis for children compared to conventional vaccination. It seems that allowing exposure to the natural disease in energetic form carries this benefit without any of the risks. In regard to his findings, Golden wrote, “I would suggest that HP remedies stimulate the energetic immune response and this must lead to a maturing of the response in an analogous way that infection with simple diseases can help to mature the physical immune response.”
In other words, triggering an immune response at the energetic level, using homeoprophylactic remedies as opposed to material doses of disease antigen, plays a role in maturing the immune system. This is accomplished in a way that is similar to how nature operates in the developing immune system—gently and carefully, one disease at a time.
I’ve gone on to use homeoprophylaxis with my own children and countless others whose parents are looking for a safe alternative. I’ve met with Golden and others who have successfully applied homeoprophylaxis for epidemics in Australia, Cuba, India and countries in South America. In October 2015, Golden and other practitioners from around the world will be gathering to present their findings at a conference called “Homeoprophylaxis: A Worldwide Choice for Disease Protection.”
In most ways I’m just like you. I care deeply about my children and have struggled to make the right choices in raising them. We spend so many years protecting them, teaching them, guiding them, and keeping them safe from all the real and imagined dangers that lie in wait. Regardless of our careers or interests or occupations, our children are always in the forefront of our minds as we choose what to feed them, what to teach them, and what to protect them from or expose them to. It’s empowering to know there are ways to keep our children safe that are natural and nontoxic.
My greatest hope is that you will research homeoprophylaxis as a valid approach to keeping your children safe. Serious study will reveal its overwhelming usefulness.
Update: Lily is 19 now. She struggled for years with recurrent high fevers of around 105° F. It was as if her immune system was trying to gain traction but could not move through illness effectively. Homeopathic and chiropractic care helped immensely, and she can now mount an immune response and resolve illness efficiently. All that remains from her vaccine injury is a persistent speech impediment. Years of speech therapy did nothing to reverse damage that occurred during brain development and language acquisition. She has never been vaccinated again. Lily is now a college student and excelling academically; she was one of the fortunate ones.
Modern medicine has advanced many times over in the past few decades, more so when you look at the last century. Yet for all these advances, people remain unsatisfied with their treatment. It’s incomplete, and more often than not, come with a host of unwanted and often uncomfortable (or dangerous) side effects. Thankfully, there’s an alternative that offers gentler, more natural solutions.
What Is Homeopathy?
Quite simply, homeopathy is a full system of natural medicine that can be used to treat any person – i.e., any age, including infants and the elderly – as well as both pets and livestock. That’s because each treatment is customized specifically to the individual being treated. It was developed more than 200 years ago by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, and it’s still being used today by more than 500 million people worldwide. It was even used in American hospitals until the mid-1900s, and is approved by the FDA.
How Homeopathy Works
Professional homeopaths are trained and certified to interpret the information shared by the body through energy in order to identify the cause of your symptoms. Utilizing the principle “like treats like,” homeopathic practitioners will match your symptoms to something in nature that causes them. When the correct remedy is used, relief can occur quickly, although it will take longer for chronic ailments. What’s more, homeopathy is curative and doesn’t simply mask your symptoms, the way many prescription medications do.
Why Choose Homeopathy?
Homeopathy is a gentle, natural way to heal the body in a way that encourages movement toward vitality and the body’s capability of healing and protecting itself. It’s also a straightforward and affordable process that makes treatments easy to dispense at home. In fact, while you ought to meet with a homeopathic practitioner to guide you, there’s a number of every-day bumps and bruises you can identify and remedy yourself.
Homeopathic practitioners can be found worldwide, including regions like Europe, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America.
Homeopathy is tried and true through 200 years of practice.
It was used in hospitals in the U.S. through the mid-1900s, and it’s still trusted today.
It can be used to treat anyone of any age, as well as pets and livestock.
It’s completely natural, and naturally supports the body’s ability to heal itself.
It can be used to address chronic conditions, including sinusitis, ear infections, asthma, and behavioral complaints.
It’s easy to practice some basic homeopathy at home, especially if you take advantage of resources like classes and digital materials.
Kits for home care are incredibly affordable, and no prescription is required.
Homeopathic remedies do not have side effects, unlike most pharmaceutical medications.
Advanced treatments, such as homeoprophylaxis, can protect you and your loved ones from infectious diseases.
Relief is felt quickly, and it never masks symptoms.
Homeopathy is a safe, natural alternative for anyone who’s dissatisfied with the treatment they’ve received from traditional, pharmaceutical-driven medicine. Each treatment is unique, because each body is unique, but homeopathic results are always the same – movement toward a healthier life and true vitality.
For more information on the intelligence of the body, read our blog post on the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can use homeopathy to treat yourself or your family, don’t hesitate to book a consultation.
Ready to learn more about homeopathy or interested in sharing homeopathy with your family? Intro to Homeopathy is a fantastic class for homeschooling families and stepping stone into using homeopathy to address common health complaints!