The National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) meeting on 16th June'2008 has been one big letdown. With just a passing reference to mercury ("to explore the possibility of use of lower limit of Thiomersal"), using single dose vials for the at birth dose of Hep-B "subject to availability of resource", it moves on to more serious subjects like the introduction of the recently denounced ineffective and asthma causing Hib into the Universal Immunisation Program. It also considers the introduction of the dreaded Rotavirus vaccine (to vaccinate against diarrhea!).
But most dangerous perhaps it talks openly about a Japanese Encephalitis vaccine "that has not gained acceptance globally" being experimented on Indian children because, "the world is looking forward to the Indian experience."
The mind revolts, the brain goes numb, the heart beats faster, and sweat glands are overactivated at the implications of such a policy. The children of India have well and truly become guinea pigs. Why should not that be? We have a qualified physician as the Health Minister. Qualified in modern medicine, he is as heartless, cruel, ambitious, intolerant, unamenable to reason and irresponsible as any other medico today.
At a class I have been recently asked the question, "What is health?". I was still wondering about it when this document came to my inbox. What is health really? I am tempted to reply, "freedom from vaccines."
Health is perhaps not being worried about the body (and mind) and functioning smoothly without being aware of its presence. When the society starts worrying so much about disease that it does not think twice about injecting dozens of highly toxic substances as "preventives" into its young infants, then that society is sick beyond measure, beyond reason and perhaps beyond help.
Is it so difficult to prevent disease? It is not provided one understands what disease is. Disease has very little to do with the ubiquitious bacteria and viruses. Disease is an imbalance that starts when man goes against the laws of nature. This imbalance lets loose a change in the physical sphere, taking the shape of pain and unease, sending out the signal that things are wrong. The physicians duty is to alert the patient and lead him back to the state of balance. When the mind, emotions, and the body fall in line once again to the basic laws, health is restored; true healing has taken place.
Except for modern medicine all the other methods of treatment recognise this truth. Modern medicine blatantly ignores this and adds to the imbalance forcing ailments that come to the surface to go deeper into the body and mind. Chronic illness and organ changes result.
Do the modern medicos not realise this? They do. Modern research increasingly points towards the deviant mind being the root of ills that plague mankind. However modern medicine is not geared towards good health, it thrives on sickness. The pharma industry has to grow at the rate of 25% or more annually. This cannot be achieved unless there is a 40% rise in illness every year. To the doctor thus appears the dillemma, to heal or not to heal? It is very difficult to avoid the easy life that pharmaceutical incentives offer. It is very tough to take the right decision.
I can already hear the question coming. What about epidemics? I will ask a question in return, can you show me one epidemic that is not the result of some disturbance on a mass scale? The epidemics that have reared their heads in recent memory have come after wars, after large scale immigration that led to squalid conditions, that led to malnourishment. Modern epidemics, including polio, can be traced to poverty, unclean conditions, lack of nourishment, and toxins that have become central to our lives.
Had these not been the prime cause, and bacteria and viruses been the sole reason for disease, mankind would have been wiped out of the face of the earth.
The patients too should now start enquiring, "Do I wish to be healed or should I go from bad to worse in the name of a false science?" The sooner this question arises the better. Besides protecting the earth, we also need to protect ourselves and regain our stature as the guardians of the earth, the children of the earth. Let us stop playing with dangerous toys and go back to mother nature. The mother knows what is best for us, as Sri Ramakrishna has candidly confessed.
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