While the first word in the title is well known, it is appropriate to start with definitions for the second and third words above. Vaccinosis is a term used within the homeopathic community and is defined as "ill effects of vaccination." During many of our courses and seminars, we have been taught about treating for vaccinosis. Tautode is a term for homeopathic medicines made from vaccines or conventional drugs. (See Yasgur's A Dictionary of Homeopathic Medical Terminology for a more complete definition).
I started using vaccine tautodes after reading a book by Jean F. Elmiger, MD. Elmiger was a Swiss internist who was frustrated in the results of his treatment of his patients. He thought that there was a blockage of the appropriately repertorized medicine and theorized that treating them with tautodes would be useful. They were useful, and ultimately he found that as he pursued this approach, it was best to go in reverse order of the vaccines given – in other words, he gave the most recent vaccine's tautode first, and then worked back from there. Elmiger is the originator of a protocol called Sequential Homeopathic Therapy.
Over the past couple of years, I have used tautodes more frequently in the treatment of various problems in dogs and cats, some physiological and many behavioral, with good responses. Tautodes of vaccines are now frequently my first prescription. A number of the patients whom I have treated are appropriate to be included in this discussion. These cases, in my mind, present an irrefutable reason for the use of these medicines, and for that matter a rationale for the use of homeopathy.
Case 1: An 18-month-old standard poodle who presented having severe grand mal seizures 1 to 2 times a week. In taking the history, it was determined that these had started within a few weeks of receiving a booster vaccination about 4 months prior to my initial appointment. She was treated with DHPP tautode in a 30C potency, and in the 6 months before I lost her as a patient because of moving, she had only had one petit mal seizure.
Case 2: An approximately 9-month-old lab cross rescue that presented with history of separation anxiety, being fearful with strangers (both people and dogs), paced, didn't like eye contact, seemed hypervigilant. The owners were concerned that this dog's fear might have an aggression component, because when people came in the house they were concerned about how the dog would respond. The clients had been working with a behavior specialist with poor response, and had been unwilling to try any drug therapy unless all else failed. After further conversation, I decided to give the rabies vaccine tautode, in a 30C potency. The owners said that within 24 hours, there was a marked change in the dog's behavior and she was much more settled. Within a week, she appeared to be a totally normal dog, and no signs of aggression or fear toward people or animals were apparent. When she came for her next booster, we used the suggestion by Don Hamilton, DVM, of a dose of the medicine the day before vaccination and the day after. She showed no negative effects from the vaccination.
Case 3: Daisee (client report):
Before first dose of Rabvac (tautode):
I think she was about 18 mos when you gave it to her. Aggressive and barky to unknown. Stared and showed teeth. Unresponsive to verbal commands. A tug of war on a leash. Described by trainer as "feral." Incapable of being house-trained even though over a year old. Anxious, on edge to any sound or movement. Barked. Good for a guard dog but then uncontrollable. Hyper – ADD. Could not relax or sit to be petted. Not comfortable with petting as if guard down. Digestive erping in the night or early morning. Destructive in the house and out. Chewed railing on deck, tore pillows, destroyed toys except squeaky ball. Needed constant supervision. Could not be trusted around kids or bikes. Chased and nipped at their feet. Sent to day care but had to be alpha dog or got into trouble competing for alpha dog status. Could not be touched around the mouth or feet.
After first dose:
Lazy and sleepy for a day or two. Then seemed to wake up. Responded to name. Looked at me when I spoke. Not afraid of being touched. Wanted petting. Remembered basic commands like stay and sit. Wanted to please so sat for petting. Played catch with her squeaky ball. Cuddles. More gentle, even kissy. Only four days after [tautode], met new boy and girl (boy autistic) without staring or threatening to bite. However, still afraid of strangers who approached too fast. Daisee wanted control of the meeting process. Could concentrate on me and walking with me. Not perfect but a dramatic improvement. Traveled in car much calmer. Went across country stopping along the way. She was exceptionally good. Digestive upset seemed to disappear. Bladder control, whoopee! Played with other dogs in a friendly manner without my interference.
Daisee proved that she was no dumb dog. Actually very smart.
After rabies at 4 years old (was given Lyssin at the time of vaccination by veterinarian in Wisconsin, where she now lives):
Aggression began to creep in, bit by bit. Barky and hyper. Edgy and irritable. Snapped at my mother, drawing blood. Leash was a threat again. Pulled and tugged with all her might. Chewed leash to get to UPS man – in effort to protect me? Ignored verbal commands. Started destroying house like window sill – chewed to get at something or someone deemed a threat. Lost interest in ball playing.
After second dose of Rabvac (tautode; client had sent me an e-mail asking for a dose, which I sent to her):
Returned to former self but much more slowly. Took longer for the transition, like 2 weeks instead of less than 1 week initially. Ball-playing returned. Listened to me again. Cuddly and wanted petting. Rolled on back for petting. Got free from house but returned when called. She is a tease. Playful.
This owner is an astute observer and reporter, thanks to her years of experience in dealing with disease in Africa.
Case 4: This orange spayed female cat had been successfully treated for episodic explosive behavior with a couple of doses of Phosphorus 30C. The owner called me one day to say that after over a year, the cat had suddenly started the behavior pattern again, and asked whether, since she had another dose of the Phosphorous 30C at home, should she give it, to which I responded that she should. The response was poor, and the owner brought the cat in for a physical since in the cat's history there had been a poorly healed femoral fracture and she wondered if that was aggravating things. There was nothing new from a physical standpoint, and I asked her if anything had happened recently, to which she responded that the cat had had a rabies vaccination somewhere else about 3 weeks before. I asked her if that was when the sudden change of behavior had started, to which she responded "Yes." I gave her a dose of 30C rabies tautode, and the owner reported that the cat was totally normal 24 hours later.
Case 5: (client report)
She got a rabies booster in 2009 when I thought about enrolling her as a pet-therapy cat (one of their requirements). Before the booster, she was quiet but self-confident and enjoyed socializing outside the home environment – she went to cat shows and was even comfortable going to elementary schools and having classes of young children interact with her. After the booster, she seemed to withdraw and become afraid of numerous things, including thunder and strangers. I stopped showing her and never went through with the therapy cat program since her behavior was so different and I knew she wouldn't enjoy it.
You gave her the rabies medicine in September 2013 – she was still shy at that time but not as bad as immediately after the booster, and I had started taking her to cat shows again earlier in 2013 just to see how she'd do after a long absence from them. She tolerated them but was still shy and I had decided to let her "retire" again. After the medicine I tried her in one more show in December and the change was profound – she interacted with the judges and thoroughly enjoyed being in the benching area. She even ended up as Best Household Pet in the show. She still has an occasional "scared" moment, but for the most part, she's back to the cat that I knew before the 2009 booster.
These and other responses that I've seen over the last couple of years make me look at vaccine tautodes as a frequent starting place for the treatment of my patients. Since my practice is very part time, I don't see the patient population that I did in the past. Were I seeing that volume, I suspect that I would have many more cases to highlight this aspect of vaccinosis.
The question here is not whether vaccines have some valid place in medical practice. I might not have gotten polio and the secondary developmental problems that I ended up with had I been vaccinated, but it wasn't available at the time, so it wasn't an option. I lived in an area that had enough polio that in a radius of less than 100 yards from my home four of us had polio: two of us were just sick for a while, one spent 2 months in an iron lung, and one never got out of an iron lung. We have enough stories about parvovirus infection and distemper within the small-animal veterinary community, let alone rabies, to know that appropriate vaccines given at appropriate times are useful. So the question is how to reduce vaccinosis. The response to this protocol is obviously very gratifying. At the same time it raises (at least) a couple of interesting questions:
• Does the fact that many vaccines include either mercury or aluminum as preservatives have a bearing? Do the tautodes work in part due to the fact that they are treating the symptoms that can be caused by these two elements?
• Did the fact that Daisee was treated with Lyssin postvaccination affect the treatment with a tautode?
As a side note, when we see the behavioral changes that appear to be related to vaccines, and since they responded to treatment with a homeopathically prepared vaccine (tautode), one has to question the condemnation of Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his position that vaccinations are implicated in the severe increase of autism that seems to be afflicting the children of today. Could/should autistic children perhaps be treated with tautodes – particularly if the disease pattern that they present with fits any of the diseases that they have been vaccinated for?
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